Everyone pictures a picture-perfect holiday, but let’s face it, stuff happens! Here’s some good flops that really get a giggle, smile, or a cringe!
Mashed Potato Antics
It was my turn to make Thanksgiving; I couldn’t wait to get the family together around the table, with pretty place settings and mounds of fixings. One staple, the mashed potato, was on my homemade item list. I worked hard to make sure they were perfectly whipped and seasoned. Now, Thanksgiving calls for a labor of love; however, most of the year, my version of mashed potatoes comes from a box. My five year old was all too familiar. With everyone ready at the Thanksgiving table, I put down the decorative bowl filled with my homemade spuds, when my five-year old yelled out “wow, mom; how many boxes did that take?!” Needless to say, my face matched my homemade cranberry sauce. –Kim
We went north to New England for Christmas, and we were so excited to see some snow! We decided to take part in an old-fashioned snow ball fight. I was ready to aim and fire, when my three-year old niece ran right in my path. In slow motion, I watched as my icy ball of frozen fun, smashed right into her adorable little face. The next hour was filled with tears, cuts – and my guilt. I think we’ll stay in sunny Florida this year. – Steven
Where is Grandma?
The mall during the holidays; one word, misery. We took Grandma along for the madness; when she started to get tired, we handed her the car keys and told her to go relax while we finished up. Thirty minutes later, we reached our vehicle, but there was no Grandma in sight. We fell into a little bit of panic. We called the mall security, and for the next hour or so, we searched the mall grounds for her. Finally, over the security’s walkie-talkie, we heard another officer claim that a shopper had found an old lady napping in his car. Sure enough, she had found an unlocked car, just like ours, and got right into her siesta. We’ll never look at the mall parking lot the same. –Jenny
Minty Fresh Breath
There’s nothing like Christmas morning, and they are certainly worth waking up early for! We were at my sister-in-law’s house, and all us adults got up at the crack of dawn to make sure Santa’s arrival was well prepared. Half-awake, I made my way to the bathroom to brush my teeth. Still groggy, I opened the medicine cabinet, and reached in for the toothpaste. After about 5 seconds of brushing, I realized something was off. I immediately woke up when I noticed I was brushing with Bengay. My coffee tasted a little off that morning. –Marty
A Christmas Mulligan
Even as young adults, we always stayed with our parents for the holidays. That Christmas we opened our gifts, as usual, which followed with Mom getting busy making her holiday meal. I was so excited to receive a putting-set for golf this year. I went right to practicing. Unfortunately, I was a little too eager, as I hit the ball a little more than just a putt. As I watched its projected path, there was nothing I could do but cringe one eye waiting for the unenviable. With a splash, my Mom was covered in gravy. I guess even boys in their twenties need to be told not to play with balls in the house. –Kyle
An Unexpected Surprise
It was the last Christmas that my Grandmother was alive. She was always the epicenter of our holidays. One Christmas, she seemed a little down. She explained to us that in her wrapping craze, she somehow lost her engagement ring. We made sure to slowly rip open our presents, and in one of my last packages, the ring was laying perfectly on some tissue paper. I never jumped so high with glee for a Christmas present before in my life, and to this day, it is still the best present I have ever received as it sits in my dresser.
–Sarah, our editor.