Sure, reflecting on what you’re grateful for on Thanksgiving is fun and all, but the holiday can also be immensely stressful.
There’s so much that can go wrong during America’s gluttonous celebration — preparing a massive meal for multiple people is pretty much just asking for disaster.
From dog poop mishaps to deeply offensive family members, here are seven of the worst Thanksgiving horror stories, either shared with us or found around the internet.
1. The time the family dog ruined dinner
Redditor u/baserith’s grandmother made the mistake of treating the family dog to a piece of turkey, and was later subjected to absolute horror.
2. The turkey explosion
One Redditor’s brand new car was destroyed, thanks to a holiday mishap. Raw turkey juice and short stops don’t quite go along.
3. An unfortunate clean up
An artist’s friendsgiving went awry when their dog experienced some stomach troubles. At least their turkey was safe!
“Opened up the fridge to take the turkey out to only be greeted with a horrible rancid smell. After panicking that we bought a rotten turkey and would have to buy a new one on Thanksgiving Day, we turned around to see that my friend’s dog had taken a massive dump on the living room carpet a few feet away and this was the source of the smell. We had fed him some canned pumpkin with breakfast earlier without realizing this would be a surefire way to induce doggy diarrhea :/”
4. The bubbly disaster
Thanksgiving can be wild, but this Redditor’s story takes it to a whole new level. In this case, almost everything that could go wrong did go wrong.
5. The godmother’s drunk faux pas
For producer Kate Bell, her first Thanksgiving after her parents split took a turn for the worse when her godmother made a snide comment about her mother. Yikes.
“I was 13 and it was right after my parents had divorced – Thanksgiving at my dad and my new stepmom’s. They invited my drunk godmother who said to my face, ‘Thank god for you Georgia, that other woman was horrible.” Georgia is my stepmom. I ran out while they were eating [and] I spent the rest of that Thanksgiving crying in the bathroom.”
– Kate Bell
6. The time someone forgot about a rotting turkey
Redditor u/safeburrito had an awful Thanksgiving when they forgot about a frozen turkey gone rancid. Read this until the end — it’s truly a tragedy.
7. The cats got to it first
Redditor u/moneydearest went to a Thanksgiving dinner where someone actually served pumpkin pies with cat footprints. Would you have eaten it?
So if you’re stressed this Thanksgiving, at least you can be thankful that you’re not dealing with any of these disasters!