West Lafayette holiday shoppers talk about top Thanksgiving fears

Study about holiday fears (WLFI)
Study about holiday fears (WLFI)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — While there’s a lot of excitement leading up to the holidays, studies show there’s some anxiety that comes with the season too.

According to a survey done by the Manufactured Housing Institute, the most popular fear this Thanksgiving is talking about politics with family.

The study stated 27 percent of people fear talking politics, 15 percent are most afraid of holiday traffic and 13 percent worry their favorite team will lose the game.

Some other fears included running out of wine, discussing religion and revealing a family secret.

News 18 asked some Thanksgiving shoppers at the West Lafayette Pay Less Super Market and we got a variety of answers.

Keith Bundy said over eating, Olivia Jones is afraid her guests won’t show up on time, but Victor Ashe had a more heartfelt fear.

“Not giving enough thought to why we’re celebrating Thanksgiving, and what it’s all about,” said Ashe.

He said he isn’t afraid of discussing politics with his family and neither is Jones.

“It should be brought up; it’s something we should talk about as a family,” said Jones. “We should try to be on the same page about it. We should try to talk about it to see if we can do anything as a family to make it better.”

Bundy agrees with the survey. Politics and family don’t mix well at his holiday gatherings.

“Oh no, very careful about that. We’ve got both sides,” said Bundy, who avoids the topic. “I think that’s the safest route, yes.” 

Joe Kmec tiptoes around the subject.

“If I do it, I do it in a very discreet way,” he said.

Sometimes political conversations get more heated than a Thanksgiving turkey.

“If two people have different thoughts on things, there’s probably no way it’s going to be civil,” said Jones.

Maybe that’s why 27 percent of people say it’s their biggest fear.

Ashe said people should focus less on politics at Thanksgiving and more on why people are celebrating the holiday. Kmec agrees.

“We need to sing ‘God Bless America’ more often,” said Kmec. “It’s hard to fight while you’re singing — that’s all I’ve got to say.”

Kmec said if conversation gets too intense, he may just bust out in song.

“I think that’s the way to do it,” he said.