10 Annoying Guests You're Bound to Find at Thanksgiving Dinner


carving turkeyThanksgiving is an -- if not the -- ultimate family holiday. So, for better or worse, we're stuck with our loved (or not so loved) ones for at least several hours of eating and drinking. Good times, yes, but it's only a matter of minutes before the dysfunctional behavior comes out. As Stephen Colbert once so wisely put it, "Personally, I love Thanksgiving traditions: watching football, making pumpkin pie, and saying the magic phrase that sends your aunt storming out of the dining room to sit in her car." Yup! Sounds about right!

But hey, since it's generally par for the course, what can we do other than make the best of it? Here, some of the folks whose quirky, wacky, obnoxious, crazy behavior always seems to find its way to the Thanksgiving dinner table and who are best handled with a sense of humor ...

  1. The drunk. He/she always turns up somehow. Hopefully, they're more funny than angry after downing that entire bottle of Merlot.
  2. The overly-curious-about-your-love-life relative. Whether or not they're asking you why you're still single or why your ex-husband isn't there, they obviously aren't aware of a few little things called appropriate time, place, and oh yeah, volume!
  3. The-overly-curious-about-your-reproductive-health relative. Seems like once you reach a certain age and you're not yet a mom, it's almost impossible to avoid being asked when you're going to start bearing children -- for everyone else's sake!
  4. Relative who decides it's his job to hoard the good stuff at his end of the table. And when you ask them to share, they make a big show of passing the dish your way.
  5. Relative who doesn't have food allergies but whines about everything as if he does. It's like, geeze, just shaddap and eat -- or don't!
  6. Vegans. 
  7. Vegans who bring their own food and insist on sitting there pouting and eating only their own food. What, you couldn't make a chickpea salad to share?
  8. The inside joker. The relative who smirks or is whispering about the host or other relatives, like they're in a junior high clique.
  9. The host who won't sit down. And who makes you feel guilty for eating, because she WON'T SIT DOWN AND EAT!
  10. The game-watchers. You know, those guys who are soooo into the game and, as a result, do nothing before and after dinner.

What's the most obnoxious behavior you've encountered at a Thanksgiving dinner?


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Livin... LivinBlessed

The drama queen! Can't just sit down, eat, and be polite-they just HAVE to find something to be offended about, then cry, then have everyone spend the day mending their poor hurt feelings! Arg:-/

nonmember avatar CV

The family member who refuses to believe that you DO actually have food allergies and continues to push, cajole, and generally make an absolute arse of themselves while attempting to get you to eat the crab-filled mushrooms. When you can't eat crab.

jagam... jagamama0710

lol I am guilty of #9 as I have been hosting Thanksgivings for the past 6 years. But here are some thoughts from such a host: do not feel guilty for eating if I'm not yet. For gosh sakes, if I say the food is ready to eat, sit your hungry booties down and eat the food I made! If I didn't want you to eat yet, I wouldn't have said "lets eat!". ;) 

jagam... jagamama0710

Also, people with different dietary styles don't bother me in the least. I don't have any vegans or vegetarians who come to our house (yet) but if I did, I would ask if there was something they'd like me to make. If they want to bring their own food, that's totally fine too! 

nonmember avatar Zuri

I don't know, but there'ssomething about being in the midst of a large group of relatives makes me flip into little-girl mode. You know, I start talking in an unusually high voice, fidgeting, blabbing people's ears off about insignificant things that happened at school, etc. Now, my entire family EXPECTS me to be like that. And then I regret it later. Of course, that's my fault, but still.
LivinBlessed, I was guilty of that one until I was about 11...*sigh*

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