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Thanksgiving tension? Mike Polk Jr. has some distractions you can use for when things get tough at dinner

Turn fighting into fun with three family-friendly games!

CLEVELAND — We've all been there: The turkey and all the trimmings are on the table, everyone starts to dig in, then that one uncle you see once a year brings up politics and it starts a huge fight.

So, how do you fix it? Games. We gathered some of the newsroom personalities together to play as well.

First up was Bingo. You can find printable Bingo cards online to print off, and use pens or whatever you can find as markers. You may find this game helps to distract from the matter at hand when the tension starts to rise!

Next, our group played Win, Lose or Draw — but Pictionary could also be substituted here. For this game, all you need is a large pad of paper and something to write with, as well as drawing prompts. Of course, if you have the board game version of either of these games, that works as well. This game also helps to take the focus off of whatever your family may be arguing about at the time.

Finally, Turkey Bowling. This one is a bit more labor-intensive, and involves a store-bought plastic bowling set. If you don't have time or don't feel like it, you don't have to dress up the plastic bowling pins like turkeys, but we like being extra, so we did. We just used feathers, paper and hot glue to decorate ours, and instead of using the wonky plastic balls that came with our set, we found a foam pumpkin that served as a bowling ball, so it was both festive and functional.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!