Our family starts to arrive in town for Thanksgiving tomorrow we are so excited to see all of them and spend time with them. Who doesn’t want to spend time with family, and eat all that wonderful holiday food. A table loaded with a beautiful glazed turkey, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole and hot homemade stuffing just to name a few items. In spite of my best efforts over the years I have had a few disasters….I have burnt the rolls, I have made dry stuffing, we have had a dry turkey and we have even had dogs from separate households that haven’t gotten along thrown in with the mix. Hey when you have been married for 22 years you are going to have lumpy gravy sometimes that’s just how it goes.
But we are not the only one’s who have had a Turkey disaster as this following clip shows from A Christmas Story “The Dogs Eat The Turkey”:
Sometimes even the best of cooks/household managers have to give up our Norman Rockwell expectations and just not stress over perfection and enjoy the moment and even just be able to take a deep breath and laugh at yourself or the situation.
Here is a movie clip from Christmas With The Kranks – “The Honey Ham” that I think we can all relate too:
This scene made me laugh because my Mom asked me to pick her up her Pillsbury Pie Crust yesterday because I put her in charge of making the pies when she got here and she was worried they would run out. That rarely happens here where we live but it does happen where she lives sometimes. We did not need to fear Pillsbury is on their game and their was tons of pie crust ready and waiting!
One year we got home late on Christmas Eve with nothing open my husband and I pulled out a frozen buffet we had purchased at Costco and invited our neighbor over and we had fritos and dip and some sort of canape’…I can’t even remember and we turned on “A Christmas Story” and had a great evening! Yes it was different but we were still all together.
So sit back, relax, and enjoy! So you burnt the rolls who cares…its probably not going to be the last time. Is your green bean casserole too salty just have everyone drink more to stay hydrated….. You may take a minute to get over your holiday angst but try to take a deep breath and embrace the moment! Enjoy the holidays folks and enjoy time with family you don’t get to see very often and most of all have a sense of humor! I would love it if everyone wanted to share one of their holiday disaster stories that turned out okay in the long run………for the Kranks they got to enjoy their daughter coming home and for the family in A Christmas Story they gave up and went out for a Chinese Dinner.
PS: Gratitude No. 14 for November I am thankful for all the comedians, cartoonists, animators, entertainers, actors, and actresses that remind us to laugh! Laughter is truly the best medicine!
PSP: If you are on your way to visit me I promise I won’t burn the rolls this year…..(Fingers Crossed)