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Thanksgiving Story Starters

Share something new with your family at your next gathering. Here are some conversation starters

Gather around the Thanksgiving table and use these conversation starters to engage friends and family.

Gather around the Thanksgiving table and pass these conversation starters, too. — Illustration by Gary Hovland

Bring this article with you to your holiday gathering. Instead of offering expressions of gratitude, ask each other questions, share something new and, perhaps, bridge a generation gap. We suggest 50 topics to get you started, but no rules apply. Just have fun asking others to fill in the blanks and offering up your own answers. Who knows? Your revelations may become the spiciest dish at the feast.

See also: Where's the turkey?

My Baby Book

1. I was named after ___ because ___

2. My parents told me I was a ___ baby

3. I remember my grandparents as being ___

4. I remember my parents as being ___

5. I remember my siblings as being ___

Earliest Memories

6. My first pet was ___

7. My chores growing up were ___

8. My favorite toy was ___

9. My best surprise ever was ___

10. I wanted to grow up to be a ___

When I Was a Kid

11. Something I wish was still sold in stores is ___

12. The historical moment I remember best is ___

13. A famous person who made the biggest impression was ___

14. My first music player was a ___ and I liked to listen to ___ on it

15. The first president I remember was ___

Teen Talk

16. My favorite activities at school were ___

17. My first job was ___

18. My first car was ___ and it cost ___

19. My favorite musical group was ___

20. My first home away from my parents was ___

I'm Not Blushing!

21. My first crush was on ___

22. My first date was with ___ at ___

23. My first kiss was ___

24. I met my mate when ___

25. My favorite wedding memory is ___

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Modern Times

26. I am happiest when ___

27. I am most at peace when ___

28. I often crave ___

29. My favorite book is ___

30. My favorite movie is ___

Believe It or Not

31. My religion is ___ because ___

32. Politically, I consider myself a ___

33. My beliefs once changed when ___

34. My biggest hope is that ___

35. I am superstitious about ___

Juicy Secrets

36. If I could marry a celebrity, it would be ___

37. Once, I was really embarrassed when ___

38. I think my best feature is my ___

39. A secret I wish I hadn't kept is ___

40. I am secretly proud that I can ___

Talkin' Turkey

41. The troublemaker of the family was ___

42. One time I got in hot water when ___

43. But I didn't get caught when ___

44. One time I got scared when ___

45. I'll always regret ___

Bragging a Little

46. Our family claim to fame is ___

47. Once I won a contest when ___

48. My proudest moment was ___

49. My favorite thing about someone at this table is ___

50. Something I hope you like about me is ___

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This article was originally published November 1, 2011.

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