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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 ___

    Next: More topics to discuss at the dinner table. >>

    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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