I love the holidays and I love spending time with family and friends, but sometimes conversation turns to more of a silent lull during dinner. If awkward silence bothers you as much as it does me, here's a definite conversation starter: Thanksgiving Masking.

Seriously, the topic of Thanksgiving Masking is an interesting one, sure to gain at least one response. And if it doesn't, you might need to find some new people to hang out with.

About 100 years ago, kids didn't go trick-or-treating on Halloween. No, kids actually went in search for treats on Thanksgiving.  This was called "Thanksgiving masking"  and the way that it worked is that kids would get dressed up as beggars and hobos, wear masks, and go door-to-door for candy and pennies- much like our kids do on Halloween night.

Nobody really knows when Thanksgiving masking ended, but some places were still doing it in the 1940s, so maybe your grandma or great-grandpa will remember participating in Thanksgiving masking as kids and keep the table conversation going.

[via NPR]