Another Hallmark Thanksgiving

Hi Sweetie,
Yes, Thanksgiving was memorable. Jimmy wore his finest sweatpants and announced he was no longer giving birthday or holiday gifts or cards to anyone. He had little stubs of used candles on his table. They couldn’t have been more than 3/4 of an inch tall. When someone asked about them he replied, “Well, I thought I could probably get one more dinner out of them.” So much for graciousness. We brought the dinner. His part was preparing a vegetable. Of course to go with the Thanksgiving theme he chose Oriental vegetables in a lovely flavored sauce that positively bounced off your tongue it was so strong. Then he combined asparagus and squash which resulted in the squash being over cooked and the asparagus too tough to chew. It was a culinary delight. His niece also announced that they were not exchanging gifts but not to fret for we would all receive pictures of their children. Honestly, I can hardly wait. So there you have it, another Hallmark Thanksgiving.

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    • 1.  michelle

      This one is a classic. Your mom sounds like fun.

      December 3, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    • 2.  Holiday Djinn

      This is why I refuse to have holiday gatherings with my family.

      Seriously, why does everybody put so much pressure on themselves to have the perfect Norman Rockwell Holiday? Especially if like this family you know it will only end in sadness and hurt feelings? I would rather eat a fast food hamburger and enjoy the company of 1 or 2 family members I actually like, than have a traumatic crappy holiday with 15 people.

      Seriously, in my family Uncle Harry only gets to stick his dick in the mash potatoes once, and Aunt Hilda can get plastered and throw up on the Turkey once, after that, you are banished from Thanksgiving meals altogether.

      December 3, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    • 3.  Robert

      that’s why God created wine. I find that I like the company — my stepmom, her weird cousin that sections off his food and has molester glasses, my lot of ne’er-do-well cousins — so much more after a half a bottle.

      December 3, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    • 4.  Leslie

      Ain’t nothin’ wrong with sweatpants. Waistband stretches and all.

      December 3, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    • 5.  Trixie

      Sadly, still normal compared to my family :)

      This is why after my father passed away this year that I’m spending the holidays with the family that I created as opposed to the one that I was born into. Just because they are blood doesn’t mean you owe them anything

      December 3, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    • 6.  bebe

      Maybe you should post this over at passive aggressive as well? So funny – your mum (or mom)sounds great! I hope that I have her wit and sense of humour some day :)

      December 3, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    • 7.  rosh

      Mom’s a snob. Maybe next year she will stay home and not inflict her nasty attitude on the rest of the family. Then she can have her own “culinary delight”.

      December 3, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    • 8.  Sarah

      This is my mom. She is definitely not a snob. She’s a beautiful, gracious, self-made woman to whom it is important to present an inviting atmosphere for guests. She’s never had a nasty attitude in her life. She’s the greatest mom ever, and I got so lucky when she adopted me. She got a kick out of this web-site and is now inspired to chronicle more of her adventures with crazy acquaintances and relatives. If Postcards prompts more moms to write about their daily lives, us kids are the luckier for it. Thanks!

      December 3, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    • 9.  Casey

      Sarah, I think your mom is great, and I feel bad she had to spend Thanksgiving with those people. If I had been at that Thanksgiving, I’d have had a hard time making it through dinner without laughing uncontrollably. So nice to know Jimmy cares so much about his family. Hopefully next year she can spend Thanksgiving with people who are a little more gracious.

      December 4, 2008 at 1:26 am

    • 10.  Coralee

      This mom is a great writer.

      December 4, 2008 at 11:30 am

    • 11.  Kelly

      Rosh can bite me- this mom doesn’t sound like a snob. She sounds like a SAINT for putting up with relatives that are cheap and rude and DISGUSTING!!!! There’s a big line between laid back holidays at a relatives and holidays where the person clearly doesn’t give a crap. Holidays should be able enjoying each other, and these relatives of hers don’t sound like they care about anyone but themselves!

      December 4, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    • 12.  Wingin' It

      Sounds to me like she had Thanksgiving with a bunch of “It’s all about me” people.

      December 4, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    • 13.  Deanne

      Mom isn’t a snob! I know the mom in this story. She’s anything but a snob. I also met Jimmy once before. “Interesting” character. I think this story is pretty tame compared to some of the other’s I’ve heard. Last Thanksgiving’s story was even funnier. Jimmy refused to turn up the heat in the house. It was relatively warm out this Thanksgiving, but not so warm last year.

      December 4, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    • 14.  Maryanne

      This is too funny- please invite me next year! Sarah, your mom sounds like my kind of gal!

      December 4, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    • 15.  Renee

      You go girl! Singing mama’s praises!

      Your mom is setting a good example for you. Yes, we can go to holiday gatherings because “we’re family” but one can also save their sanity by tapping into their SENSE of HUMOR, not to mention a good bottle of wine.

      Happy Holidays!

      December 5, 2008 at 8:33 am

    • 16.  Trixie

      Sarah– You guys could start turning holidays into a drinking game, that’s what my step-mom and I do. We do shots every time someone makes a passive/aggressive comment or starts a fight, by dinner, we are half in the bag and enjoying our day :)

      December 5, 2008 at 9:30 am

    • 17.  Rosh

      Sarah, you have my apology. I’m sure your mom is a lovely person. I wasn’t able to see my family at Thanksgiving and was feeling a little down when I read that post. I miss them and all of their imperfections. Tell your mom to keep her sense of humor and to share her adventures with the rest of us.

      December 6, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    • 18.  BarbieFan

      Last year my sister announced she too didnt want to celebrate Christmas/birthdays/anniversaries. Then she proceeded to get mad when we didn’t wait for her to come down and watch us open presents. Go figure!

      December 9, 2008 at 3:33 pm

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      Hi people!!!! Happy Thanksgiving!! :) :) :) :)
      Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, and each year I like to get into the mood-extend the holiday, as it were-by reading “Thanksgiving novels.” Of course, all these stories are mostly about family and friends, about coming together to heal old hurts and giving them thanks for the gift of love. . .. –
      Do You Think You’re Far better Off Today Than You Were 6 Yrs Ago?

      November 27, 2010 at 5:35 am

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