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Presidential election could make for some heated Thanksgiving dinners

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When it comes to the holidays, not all family gatherings are peaceful -- and as people continue to react to the results of the recent election, it could be an interesting Thanksgiving. Families who never talk politics might start, and families who already do could see those conversations get heated.

But mental health and wellness experts at AspenPointe said there are ways to avoid those family squabbles. Tory Miller at AspenPointe suggests going into holiday with a game plan.

"Don't overthink it. Keep things light," Miller said. "If anything, put more focus on positives and people you haven't seen for so long."

But some people say that's easier said than done. If arguments are the norm for your family, AspenPointe professionals said it might be best to consider setting some ground rules, like no political discussions at the table.

Some people we spoke with said they thought that was good idea. "Feed them and let them sleep. Watch football. Don't bring up politics," Wells said.

But for some families, that just won't be possible. "No that won't work. I'm too much of a political fan," Tim Fotinos said.

"If you want to worry about bad choices then why not worry about why in the world are the Broncos looking at picking up Tony Romo. Steer conversations to something else," Fotinos said. "I've been urging people to just enjoy the holiday."

Another option is avoid family altogether. News 5 spoke to several people who said they won't go home for Thanksgiving this year in hopes to avoid any political conflicts.

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