25 Thanksgiving Conversation Starters for the Entire Family!

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Thanksgiving is upon us, and like any big family get together, conversation needs to freely and easily flow to make for a wonderful memory. 

Follow me for a moment  . . .

  • Everyone starts arriving for Thanksgiving. 
  • There is a hustle and bustle in the house as the smell of turkey and stuffing wafts through the air. 
  • Family members comment on how big the kids have gotten. 
  • The ladies gather to one corner, cocktail in hand, and discuss how pretty everyone’s outfits are.
  • The men gather to another corner, appetizer in hand, and talk about the latest football teams. There is a flurry of excitement and small talk flows freely.

Then you get to the table . . . 

  • small talk is over . . . 
  • crickets . . .  
  • How is the weather? . . . 
  • crickets . . .  
  • The turkey is great this year . . . 
  • How is work? . . . 
  • crickets . . .  
  • The mashed potatoes are so creamy . . . 
  • crickets . . .  
  • How are the kids doing in school? . . . 

And suddenly Thanksgiving becomes bland and boring, familiar and ordinary.

Does any of that sound familiar?


This holiday season, our Thanksgiving table will look very different. We lost my father a few weeks ago due to a sudden and catastrophic stroke. So this year, our table will be filled with some family, some friends, some folks who had no where to go for Thanksgiving, and an empty seat at the head of the table for my dad who is looking down on us and celebrating with the Lord.

During this difficult time, people have said to me, “You just have to GET THROUGH the holidays”. But you know what? I don’t want to get through. My father would want to see that Thanksgiving table full of laughter, joy, happiness, and reflections on the year. He would not want to see a group of people trying to get through. 

So, I created this list of Thanksgiving Conversation Starters to make this a memorable holiday despite the circumstances. I created this list as a way for a group of people to come together not to get through, but to thrive this holiday.

* Maybe your family only sees each other once or twice a year and you never have anything to talk about.

* Maybe your family sees each other all the time an you’ve run out of things to talk about.

* Maybe you were invited to someone else’s family dinner and you are afraid you won’t have anything worth while to add to the conversation.

At whatever table you sit this Thanksgiving, these conversation starters will make for light, fun, and meaningful conversation. They are designed to get to know each other on a deeper level. They are designed to keep conversation flowing. They are designed to create new memories of love, laughter, and relationship.


  • What is your favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal?
  • What is the strangest thing you have ever eaten?
  • What restaurant do you love the most in your town?
  • What restaurant do you hate the most in your town?
  • Who is the best cook at the table?


  • Ask a couple at the table to tell the story of their wedding day.
  • Tell a funny story about the person sitting on your right.
  • Tell a meaningful story about the person sitting across from you.
  • Create an acrostic using the letters in the name of the person sitting on your left.
  • Ask the kids what is the best thing about their parents.


  • Black Friday: yes or no?
  • What was the best TV show you watched this year?
  • What was the best/worst movie you saw this year?
  • What world event had the biggest impact on you this year?
  • What do you feel about [insert name of famous family].


  • What Bible hero do you most look up to?
  • What Scripture has gotten you through this year?
  • If you could invite three Biblical characters to dinner, who would it be?
  • If Jesus was sitting here in the flesh, what would you thank Him for? Only ONE thing.
  • If Jesus was sitting here in the flesh, what Biblical question would you ask Him?


  • What are you most thankful for this year?
  • What was the funnest part of your 2017?
  • Tell about an adventure you had with someone at the table from this past year.
  • Describe your year in one word using the letter T.
  • What word do you want to declare over your 2018? ONE word.

Enjoy! And let me know in the comments how you used these prompts at your Thanksgiving table.

  CLICK HERE  to download a printable version for everyone at your table.

CLICK HERE to download a printable version for everyone at your table.