I love the holidays and I love spending time with family and friends. When visiting my side of the family, there's always so much to discuss because I've got six siblings and we're an animated bunch. And then there are the years we spend Thanksgiving with my husband's side of the family and they're definitely not as chatty as mine. Like, at all.  I don't handle awkward silence very well (probably because I come from a huge family where there's always a lot of commotion) and if you're in the same boat and awkward silence bothers you as much as it does me, there's something you can bring up that will definitely spark conversation...the subject of Thanksgiving Masking.

The topic of Thanksgiving Masking is an interesting one, sure to gain at least one response. And if it doesn't, you might need to find some new people to hang out with. A lesson I learned and have embraced. Seriously though, do you really want to spend your holiday with people who have no thoughts or opinions on anything?

But, I digress...

About 100 years ago, kids didn't go trick-or-treating on Halloween. No, kids actually went in search for treats on Thanksgiving.  This was called "Thanksgiving Masking"  and the way that it worked is that kids would get dressed up as beggars and hobos, wear masks, and go door-to-door for candy and pennies- much like our kids do on Halloween night.

Nobody really knows when Thanksgiving Masking ended, but some places were still doing it in the 1940s, so maybe your grandparents will remember participating in Thanksgiving Masking as kids and keep the table conversation going.

[via NPR]