No matter how prepared or experienced you are, even the most skilled hosts sometimes run into trouble on Turkey Day. Whether it’s a non-functioning oven; a burnt, raw, or frozen turkey; or surprise vegan guests, the size of the annual feast and the strong feelings of many family members and friends means there’s plenty of room for mistakes and lots of expectations to meet (or, as the case may be, not meet).
With this in mind, a few weeks ago, we asked our Facebook fans to share their Thanksgiving horror stories, and at last count, we had 70 responses. Here you’ll find the highlights (which include a surprising number of stories involving dogs) and hopefully learn a thing or two. The overwhelming conclusion is this: You’re not alone; just about everybody has a disaster in his or her Thanksgiving past.