It's no secret the holidays can challenge even the most harmonious family relationships. Someone, somewhere, will be uttering "less is more" while dodging a dinner roll. Table conversations can escalate faster than a Facebook firestorm. Knowing how to navigate discussions around dueling politics or between divided sports fans is a prized holiday survival skill.
So how can you keep the holiday sparkle alive and the goodwill flowing? Think trivia! Curiosities and wonders appeal to all ages. Ensure a harmonious (and educational) meal with the people you love most by taking one of these books to your next family gathering.
2013 Guinness World Records
Don't stop here! You're just getting warmed up.
1,227 Quite Interesting Facts to Blow Your Socks Off
Remember, this is a figure of speech. Do not pull out the air freshener.
Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things
Telling your nephew about the history of a box of Kleenex is an excellent tactical maneuver when asked, "Where do babies come from?"
The Book of Firsts: Who Did What for the First Time in the United States and the World
Answers only get better with more wine.
Colorado Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff
Visiting family will appreciate taking knowledge home and travels lighter than holiday weight gain.
Encyclopedia of the Exquisite: An Anecdotal History of Elegant Delights
Consider making this title available in a solitary, private space for extended reading.
The Library also has a variety of family friendly films to keep the unity alive until the tryptophan kicks in; yet another reminder that gratitude, like the diversity of family DNA, comes in many forms. Happy Holidays!