Hellidays - When Bad Holidays Happen To Good People

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I was coming home after a big Thanksgiving at a friend's. I had a bag filled with delicious leftovers that contained turkey, dressing, pumpkin pie and sweet potato casserole. Then, I happened upon a street person begging for money in the cold. I thought she might like my leftovers. But when I offered them, she shook her head "no" and said...."Not after you been eatin' on 'em." Guess even a homeless person can have high standards.
Posted on 12/01/2010 at 08:03AM by Lyn
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The idea for the Hellidays site actually arose from an awful mishap on my part that caused me to lose the friendship of my best friend. He and his partner invited me to Thanksgiving. The next day, I erroneously sent an email to said friend detailing how awful the dinner was. The turkey was "as dry as sawdust" was one of the highlights. Though I begged forgiveness, we didn't speak for many years and only now have tentatively begun communicating again. It was wrong, bad, horrible and I will never get over it.
Posted on 12/21/2009 at 11:34AM by Lyn
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This story was told to me by a friend.

My friend had a classic upper-middle class American upbringing, complete with a large, stately home in an affluent suburb. A permanent fixture in the home was their dog, "bandit." Bandit was a mutt, and was older than most of the kids on the block, but beloved by all.

Thanksgiving was the largest holiday in this particular household. It was the day that all the aunts and uncles, cousins and respective significant others converged to engage in a feast only rivaled by that seen on "The Grinch."

The long Chippendale-esque dining table was fully set, and bulged with nearly 20 guests seated. Still, there was more than enough room for the lady of the house to glide around the table to serve... read more
Posted on 12/19/2009 at 04:54PM by Michael
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On Thanksgiving Day, 2003, My mother and I wanted to get a head start on Christmas shopping.  We had a cooked a great Thanksgiving dinner that day.  All of our family came to the house to eat and everything went relatively well.  After eating Thanksgiving dinner and cleaning up some we decided to head out.  Our first stop was to get gas and then to our neighborhood Wal-Mart which was unexpectedly crowded.  They had some great pre-Christmas items on sale and we had to get our hands on them.  We proceeded to go into Wal-Mart.  I don't carry a purse, so I had my day planner with me with all my holiday cash and bill money in it.  

Ok, so we are in Wal-mart shopping our butts off.  My mother and I had split up to go get different it... read more
Posted on 12/16/2009 at 08:58AM by Anonymous
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My cousin had chosen Thanksgiving weekend for his wedding ceremony in Boulder, Colorado. He and I are very close, so he asked me to be a witness. My boyfriend and I decided to drive there from Brooklyn because we both love a good road trip.

We left at 5 a.m. Wednesday morning, planning to drive straight through to arrive just in time for a family reunion around the Thanksgiving turkey. We were making great progress having gone 700 miles as we crossed the border from Ohio into Indiana. That’s when our 11 year-old Nissan Pathfinder decided it couldn’t go another foot. Bad distributor cap.

It was about 4:30 p.m. and getting dark. We called our road club for a tow to the nearest garage. Then, we waited in the cold for about two hours... read more
Posted on 12/16/2009 at 08:55AM by Anonymous
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