Be honest. How many of your relatives have emailed you the C-SPAN clip of the exasperated mother calling in to berate her politically-divided pundit sons for their incessant bickering? If the answer is more than one, you might benefit from a strategy for keeping the peace with family members on the opposite side of the political spectrum.
Our Capitol Hill correspondent Quinn Bowman asked some Washington locals to share their strategies for avoiding political arguments with loved ones during the holidays. Watch their answers in the player above. And for more detailed instructions on how to tiptoe around specific issues and topics, check out the 2014 Shields and Brooks Guide to Holiday Civility, the eleventh gift in our 12 Days of NewsHour.