When I was a kid, I was always a little terrified that I'd get tapped to say grace when having dinner at a friend's house. See, I grew up in a godless heathen household, so I never had any idea what you were actually supposed to say -- the only thing I was sure of was that it was a good idea to hold off on eating until it was clear what the game plan was. Also, if it was a hands-holding type of grace, you'd better hope the person next to you had dry palms.
These days my own family has a non-religious version of grace: we bang our fists on the table while chanting "Good food, good meat, good grief, let's eat! Teeeeeam SHARPS!" before fist-bumping each other. It's exactly as classy as it sounds.
In the spirit of, ah, non-traditional thanks, here's a roundup of some of the funniest cinematic grace scenes (who knows, you might get some inspiration for adding a little flavor to the Thanksgiving blessing this year):
CLASSIC. "Dear 8-pound, 6-ounce new born infant Jesus, don't even know a word yet."
Meet the Parents:
I'm not a huge fan of the Focker movies but this scene is pretty great: "O dear God, thank You. You are such a good God to us, a kind and gentle ... and accommodating God. And we thank You, O sweet, sweet Lord of hosts ... for the ... smorgasbord ... You have so aptly lain at our table this day ... and each day ... by day. Day by day by day. O dear Lord, three things we pray. To love Thee more dearly. To see Thee more clearly. To follow Thee more nearly ... day by day ... by day. Amen. Amen."
This one shows Hogarth hilariously ad-libbing his grace-saying duties as the Iron Giant's hand bumbles around in his house: "And -- STOP! The ... uh, DEVIL. From doing bad things. And GET OUT OF HERE! Uhhh ... SATAN."
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation:
Really, I'm not sure there's anything wrong with reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in lieu of a traditional grace.
Home for the Holidays:
Oh man, I haven't seen this movie in a million years. Remember this line? "I'm giving thanks that we don't have to go through this for another year. Except we do, because those bastards went and put Christmas right in the middle, just to punish us." (Tommy's response: "That was absurd, let's eat dead bird."
Can you think of any other funny grace scenes from movies?
Image via YouTube
Something my kids handmade
A fun holiday at home with my family
Some time off!
Something just for me, like a plush robe