Holiday Meal Family Tension

Thanksgiving has long been my favorite holiday, and generally speaking, our family dinners were loving and fun. Everyone in my family loves to cook, so most of the day was spent in happy chaos, chopping, stirring, taste-testing, and eating eating eating. Together, we perfected a fried sweet potato wonton recipe (with spicy peanut sauce for dipping)… my mom makes the most decadent, creamy, crispy-topped green bean casserole and the butteriest bread stuffing on the planet… and my dad always carves the turkey so everyone gets their favorite parts. I won’t be partaking in my family’s cooking this year, but the warm fuzzies are right here, centrally-located in my solar plexus.

One of my favorite movies is Home for the Holidays. Its Thanksgiving escapades are heart-warming, horrifying, and hilarious in that heart-warming, horrifying way. In the end, everyone knows it’s all about the love, but there are some tough moments that only families can produce.

Just in case you’re about to enter a button-pushing, family environment, this Well post at The New York Times site offers some good advice to help you survive all the way through dessert without having a meltdown, along with some stories that might make you feel better about your family’s interactions.

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  • girlblake says:

    This is one of my all-time favorite movies! I love that you posted this. Happy Thanksgiving to you and Dave.

  • Barbara says:


    Thanks for the early morning laugh:) Enjoy your Burbon-Bacon Brownies and Trio Thanksgiving experience! You are one amazing woman!

  • steffy says:

    That NYT article is funny in a really not funny way because I know so many families like that. Reading that almost stressed me out. Almost.

    That movie is one of my faves too. Happy Thanksgiving!