Thanksgiving is a time most families spend together, eating good food and reflecting on what they are grateful for. Though every once in a while, Thanksgivings can go haywire, and these students shared their memories of Thanksgivings gone wrong.
Freshman Brayden Hoffman's family made the best out of a notoriously disastrous Thanksgiving problem by substituting the traditional turkey for something just as finger-licking good.
"One time a couple of years ago for Thanksgiving my family’s oven broke down so we couldn’t make the turkey, so we got KFC instead.
"I just got like the biggest bucket they had and I don't know what was in it, but it was like pretty good.
"It was probably really stressful for my parents at the moment but it kind of turned out to be kind of a cool memory. So that was a pro in the end."
Freshman Grace Akhbari said her Thanksgiving tradition involves being competitive with her family. The horror of this Thanksgiving story was not unleashed on her, but rather her opponents last Thanksgiving.
“One of my favorite Thanksgiving memories is that every year my family plays Trivial Pursuit and we play girls against boys, and my grandpa happens to know a lot of crazy weird facts. It's boys versus girls and the girls always lose, but we still think that we're better than the boys.
"I remember last year, there was some weird question about like classical music and none of us know about that. It was a girl's question and he's giving my grandma the answers, so actually we won last year for that reason only."
Freshman Ciarae Dolevty said her family's Thanksgiving celebration one year was interrupted by an unexpected guest who made the holiday uncomfortable.
"Something that happened to us on Thanksgiving was that my sister's ex showed up and it was really awkward and tried not to make a big deal of it," Dolevty said. "So we just tried to welcome him and ignore the situation but my sister actually ended up spending the whole evening in her room because of how uncomfortable it was."
Sophomore Collin Rampata's family’s cooking catastrophe taught his family the important lesson that good times come to those who wait.
"So there was one time I remember growing up that my mom kind of waited too long to put the turkey in the oven and we ended up eating dinner at 10:30 at night. And I remember all the food was cold and stuffing was dry and she felt really bad. We had to reassure her it was OK and like it's not about the food.
"I remember we ate and then we went to bed probably right after because we were all tired from the food.
“There were probably more leftovers than normal and I'm originally from the East Coast and they do this thing called the Bobby sandwich with all the Thanksgiving leftovers, and you get like a big loaf of bread and Mayo, cranberries, stuffing, turkey and mustard all together and that is like hands down the best way to use your Thanksgiving leftovers. So that was good."
Junior Bianca Salinas told the tale of what happened when her family combined a kooky great-grandmother and too much stuffing on Thanksgiving.
"One year on Thanksgiving, my family had just finished going around and saying what we were thankful for and loading up our plates when my great-grandma — who was about 90 at the time — announced that she had written a piano song about two birds doing it, and that is the direct quote from her.
"She then proceeded to pretend to play the song, on the table and made the piano sounds with her voice, while also narrating the entire time. She was saying things like 'this is when they meet' and 'now they are going at it.'"
Regardless of whether a family's thanksgiving goes seamlessly or the event takes some unexpected turns, students said the bad times only created better memories, and that they were happy they had to spend the holiday with loved ones.