Tuesdays Are Your Turn – Weird Thanksgiving Requests

Remember Type-A Marney and her neurotic Thanksgiving assignment letter? I found an even better one the other day on Margaret and Helen. This one’s not crazy like Marnie’s – instead, it pretty much nails all the annoying family stuff a holiday dinner can bring. Here’s an excerpt:

Cloe. I am begging you honey. None of that Jello crap. No one eats it and the garbage stinks for a week after I throw it out.

You have to go read the whole thing, which is awesome. That portion above reminds me of Marnie’s request for the *Mike Byron family* to bring turnips, but not too many turnips, because no one else likes them.

Which brings me to today’s reader response:

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever been asked (or asked someone else) to bring/not bring to Thanksgiving dinner?

Here’s mine.

I have two brothers and one sister. In other words, sort of a gang when it came to us vs. our parents. One Thanksgiving, my mom broke out a brand-new ceramic gravy boat shaped like a duck, all excited over her new, unique addition to the table. When one of my brothers used it for the first time and the thick gravy spurted out through the duck’s mouth onto his turkey, the rest of us looked at each other, looked at him, and then laughed and laughed and laughed as he made vomiting sounds with the gravy-spewing duck.

My mom didn’t find it nearly as funny as we did, especially when we refused to call it a gravy boat and christened it the *Throw-Up Duck* instead.

Over time it became a family joke, even to her and especially to my children now, who find the gravy boat, its name, and the fact that their parents, uncles, and aunt all still call it by that name, hilarious. Every holiday dinner at my mom’s house in Florida requires use of the Throw-Up Duck and on one memorable occasion a few years ago, she got all sneaky on us and tried to move on to a crystal gravy boat. Luckily, my younger brother rooted through her cabinets until he found it, washed it, and put it back on her Thanksgiving table where it rightfully belongs.

You just can’t go breaking traditions like that.

How about you? Any odd traditions or requests involved in your Thanksgiving?