5 Boston table topics for the holiday season

We’re dishing some niche, local topics for your family gatherings.

View of Boston skyline over the BU bridge

Chat about one of these five Boston conversation starters.

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Dreading the debates and cringe questions that tend to take over holiday meals? Consider employing one of these five local table topicsthey may just lead to your favorite conversation yet.

💬 Thoughts on the “Beantown” nickname

Ah yes, a classic Boston conversation starter. Check out our explanation of how our city first earned the “Beantown” nickname and discuss whether or not it fits our city. For what it’s worth, the BOStoday team thinks we should swap nicknames with Chicago, aka “The Windy City.”

💬 Choose your fighter: North End cannoli edition

Skip the debates on which sports team is best (those can get heated with Bostonians) and opt for the ultimate foodie question: Mike’s or Modern? If you want to know our hot takes, read our cannoli taste test — complete with pro tips for visiting both North End shops.

💬 Is Chris Evans really the Sexiest Man Alive?

Sudbury’s finest was recently dubbed “The 2022 Sexiest Man Alive” by People. You can either chat about whether or not the title was earned (we say absolutely yes) or your favorite films featuring the Massachusetts native.

💬 Chat about (local) cranberries

Here’s a fun foodie fact you can share to flex your local knowledge — cranberry is our state’s official berry. This talking point goes pairs with a side of homemade cranberry sauce.

💬 Dive into the history of the Great Molasses Flood

Any history buffs out there? Tell the tale of Boston’s Great Molasses Flood of 1919 and teach friends and family about the sticky situation.

When all else fails, you know have Dunkin’ talk to lean on. Bonus points if you bring iced coffees for the group to sip.

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