Holiday gatherings can mean spending time with family members you don’t see very often. Given that the news out of Washington, D.C., Hollywood, and just about everywhere has been particularly grim this year, table talk has the potential to get pretty awkward. But it doesn’t have to, because we can all find common ground in what we watch, what we’re singing in the shower, and that one celeb we can’t even explain how much we love, right? Here are a few less controversial albeit silly pop-culture topics to bring to your holiday dinner. They’re almost guaranteed to foster happy thoughts and, hopefully, polite conversation.
Oprah recently visited the bank for the first time since 1988, as she told Ellen on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. She was making a deposit of $2 million, a drop in the bucket for someone Forbes estimates to have a net worth of $3 billion as of this month. With that fortune, Oprah has supported a number of causes, including educating girls in South Africa by opening a leadership academy there.