In the past twenty-four hours, Facebook has become increasingly fun, with friends reducing their political commentary and focusing instead on holiday preparation. It’s as if people made a pact to avoid contentious issues and focus on family, holiday baking, travel stories and the fact that this year the first day of Chanuka falls on Thanksgiving Day.
Like many Americans, I’ll be hitting the road to spend the day with family, in my case, with a sister who holds political views different from my own. And that does not prevent me from loving her and looking forward to sharing this day with her, her husband and her sons. I’m grateful that our relationship remains strong despite our political differences — and am thankful that I have many other such family members and friends.
It’s been nice to turn to Facebook in idle moments these past twenty-four hours — and to see erstwhile ideological adversaries posting on things we both enjoy. This may not last, so let’s be thankful for it while we can!