Thanksgiving is a time to surround yourself with the people you love most in this world. It’s also a time to discuss police brutality, global warming, the prison industrial complex, terrorism, gun control, abortion, student debt, LGBT rights, and the myriad other issues threatening to split our country down the seams in 2016. It’s been one of the most politically contentious years in recent memory, and who better to argue with than distant relatives in “Make America Great Again” hats?

If this sounds like a living nightmare to you, you’re not alone. Regardless of what side side of the political aisle you stand on, the country is currently bracing itself for a long night full of facepalms, head shakes, and long, exasperated sighs.

Luckily, the very necessary hashtag #HowToAvoidPoliticsAtDinner has been Trending on Twitter this week, allowing users to share their favorite coping mechanisms for when your Breitbart-reading uncle Rick starts going off about email servers and Benghazi. 

Though the best method for dealing with a racist, gun-toting in-law—or a cousin that got hold of a fake news story on Facebook—might be to engage in a civil, well-reasoned discussion, if the last few weeks have you wiped out, these are some of our favorite strategies for avoiding confrontational topics at the dinner table.

[via Grub Street]