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Tell us your best, worst Thanksgiving memories

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By Angye Morrison

A lot of young wives have been there. You plan to make your first Thanksgiving as a newlywed memorable by roasting a turkey to perfection and serving all the holiday favorites. You’ve invited the in-laws and you’ve set the table with all of your wedding china.

And then you burn the bird.

The Times is looking for humorous Thanksgiving disaster stories – and it doesn’t even have to be about your first one as a wife.

We’re also looking for stories about your best Thanksgiving ever...tell us your favorite memories and traditions.

E-mail your stories to us at editor@gadcotimes.com, or drop them off at our office at 15 S. Madison St. in Quincy by 5 p.m. on Nov. 18. Please include your full name and the name of the city in which you live. We’ll publish your stories in our Nov. 26 edition.

Some of the best stories we’ve heard so far are:

• I was a single mom living in a low-income house with three other single moms and their kids. Someone had gotten a free turkey from a church and we decided to have Thanksgiving together. Interestingly enough, none of us had cooked a turkey because we had always gone to parents or friends houses for Thanksgiving before. Two of us couldn't agree on how long to cook the turkey. One was of the persuasion of "cook it at least 9 hours to be sure it's done, especially if you stuff it" and I thought we should cook it according to pounds and check on it often so that it wouldn't get dry. Well, after a heated argument, both of us thought, "Fine, I'll let her take it out of the oven." Well, neither one of us did and about 9 or 10 hours later, we checked on it and discovered the breast meat was blackened on top and hard throughout – the best part of the bird! We all had dark meat that year.

• My daughter decided to host Thanksgiving at her house with all the relatives. We were just about to start our day with preparing the turkey and beginning to cook it for hours. Well when she put it in the oven, she accidentally pushed the self-clean button, where the oven locks itself and cleans for about 5 hours. No one noticed until we checked it a few hours later, so we suddenly found ourselves trying to pry the oven door open but nothing seemed to work. The men began to bring out their screwdrivers and drills in an attempt to salvage the bird. But in the end when we finally did get it out, the oven was destroyed but we had a very clean turkey.

We can’t wait to read about your funny and  cherished Thanksgiving memories!