So Im wondering when you have a family gathering, dinner, barbeque etc, what kinds of subjects do you all talk about? All small talk, or do you mix it up with some politics/religion? My family has always talked politics and religion at the dinner table including slightly larger gatherings. Usually it's small talk first then we work our way up to the intense stuff. Reason I ask is some families prefer to never talk about such things and just keep the conversation light.