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Dealing with Thanksgiving Day table talk

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In sketch that aired on a 2015 episode of 'Saturday Night Live', the soulful tones of a certain British singer turn around one family's Thanksgiving squabble.

However, some say not even Adele can save Thanksgiving 2016.

The reason why: the 2016 presidential election.

The political aftermath left some families split down the middle - leading some to worry about a turkey day throw- down.

"We've got the Trump supporters and the not so Trump supporters," says Julie Dapolito-Terrell, who was visiting her family in South Florida for Thanksgiving.

Mental Health Counselor Sarah Gentry says she's heard the concerns.

"Clients are coming in feeling anxious," Gentry says.

She has some advice for those who are worried.

Before you walk in, she says realize that you can't change everyone's mind.

"We have to manage our own expectations with regard to that, otherwise we'll walk away feeling resentment, anger, frustration," she says.

Gentry also says you should steer the conversation in a positive direction if you can.

"Focusing on the things going on in your life that are happy, upbeat and positive, rather than the political climate."

It also helps to have a friend on standby for support

"Someone you can reach out to via text, via phone call, to talk to before you walk through the door, or after you walk out the door," she says.

Ultimately, folks we spoke to are optimistic about turkey day.

"We love each other, and that's what we're there to do - enjoy each other and the time we have together," says Karen Rollins, who was also visiting for Thanksgiving.

Julie agrees.

"At the end of the day, we're not mad at each other, we'll laugh it off, but we'll agree to disagree," she says.

If all else fails, Adele is only a phone call away.

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