Picture this, if you will: You and your family gather on Thanksgiving Day, smiles ear-to-ear because you’re so happy to all be together. Granddad is at the head of the table as everybody stands around holding hands and takes turns sharing what they are grateful for in their lives. Then, Grandma comes swishing out of the kitchen with a perfectly golden-brown turkey that smells as good as it looks and is the perfect complement to all of the wonderfully prepared sides already waiting on the table, still piping hot. It’s a scene worthy of a Norman Rockwell painting.
This, folks, is a total fantasy, because we all know that’s not how Thanksgiving Day — as glorious as it is — ever goes down. Family drama and kitchen mishaps are what Turkey Day is really all about.
We all want to create a Martha Stewart-esque Thanksgiving spread, but sometimes it just doesn’t happen. Take these hilarious fails, for example. Also, pro tip: If browsing through the #ThanksgivingFail hashtag has taught us anything, it’s to steer clear of pies and sweet potato casseroles.
Originally published November 2015. Updated November 2017.