Spark family conversations with these five Wonders of the Day

The holiday season has rolled around again, beginning with tomorrow’s Thanksgiving feasts and Black Friday ads and then continuing for six more weeks until 2012 makes its debut. While many people find the holidays stressful, one of the best parts of the season can be the chance to reconnect with family.

But that’s not always as easy as it sounds. The holidays can also bring travel hassles, money concerns and other worries.

How do you make the most of your time with your family? Rather than rely on the expected “What have you been up to?” or “How’s school going?” questions, try out these Wonders of the Day® to get the conversation going.

#15 What Is Your Secret Superhero Identity? Even those family members who aren’t into superheroes have a hidden talent or two. Use this question to find out which person has a really good memory or who can do the perfect cartwheel.

#201 Where Is the Best Place On Earth? This question is a great catalyst to reminisce over past family trips and discuss dream vacations for the future. It’s also a great way to focus on the charms of your hometown.

#249 What Movie Would You Play At Your Drive-In? Some movies are almost universal, while others speak specifically to a generation. Use this question to see how grandparents’ picks compare with their children’s and grandchildren’s favorites.

#341 What Is Your Favorite Mascot? Bring the sports fanatics into the conversation with this question about team mascots. Delve beyond the initial question to see who can remember his elementary school mascot or who was her high school mascot.

#394 What Can Children Teach Their Parents? Make this one as sentimental or funny as you like! Focus on the practical technology tips you’ve gotten from your teen, or talk about how your baby taught you about work-life balance. And don’t forget to make sure all parents get their turn — even your own!

From all of us at the National Center for Family Literacy, we wish you a very happy Thanksgiving. We are so very thankful for all of your support!