There is an SNL sketch from last year called “A Thanksgiving Miracle”. In it, a family meets around the table for Thanksgiving and immediately begins talking about politics. Chaos ensues. Words are spoken. Yet every time it almost comes to blows, the little girl of the family turns on Adele’s “Hello”. The screen turns sepia. The wind begins to blow. Everyone sings along. The spell of her song is cast. By the end of the sketch, the song ends, and the family sits down to a meal in which they, miraculously, all get along.
This is one of my all-time favorite SNL sketches of all time; it’s just the right amount of cringe to be both entertaining while still being relatable. And, though it was posted a year ago, it reflects the current political climate disturbingly well.
I was thinking about that sketch as I walked to my uncle’s for Thanksgiving. I usually enjoy political discussions–I am minoring in politics–but with the current polarized political climate, even I cringe. (If politics came up, I planned to steer the debate towards philosophy. Insisting on one black-and-white answer practically goes against the point of philosophy, so I figured it should be safe.)
Yet it was a non-issue. For one, I ended sitting with my siblings instead of the adults, so the largest problem we faced was whether or not to get more cranberries or more stuffing. (Or both. We went with both.) And then, later, we played card games as a family. And we laughed. And it was fun. By the end of the evening, I had come to a simple conclusion:
This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for King and Scum.