Thanksgiving. It’s that time of year when family arrives, food is eaten, and…sometimes family ends up covered in food. Whatever happens, when families come together it’s usually a memorable, hilarious, and ultimately heartwarming experience. So, we asked you to pick a particularly crazy, funny, or touching Thanksgiving Day story and tell us about it.
The winning story came from Michael Moreno, who is enjoying a $250 Amazon gift card on us:
Our Thanksgiving holiday has always consisted of my grandmother making the turkey, while the rest of the family members taking the sides. During this particular year, my mom volunteered to host Thanksgiving at our home, since my grandmother’s house was undergoing renovation. She agreed to cook the turkey and purchased the biggest one she could find. We were expecting over 30 guests, the majority consisting of children.
Apparently, my mother was not aware that the turkey needed to be in a deep roasting pan and instead placed it in a cake pan. As the turkey was cooking, my uncle noticed a huge amount of smoke coming out of the oven’s door. My mom rushed to open the oven and noticed that the turkey’s drippings were splattering inside the oven creating a small fire. All of us kids were hysterically yelling “fire.” My uncle used a dishcloth to try to stop the fire. My mom grabbed a glass of water and a jar of salt and tossed contents inside the oven-causing the fire to spread. One of my cousins decided to control the situation and directed all the children to stop, drop and roll themselves out of the house. At the end, we ended up eating a very salty and smoky turkey dinner.-Michael Moreno
We’ve collected all the submitted stories for your enjoyment. Some are touching, some are hilarious. But one thing is true of all of them, they capture the essence of what Thanksgiving is about for families with kids.