Do you have any funnyChristmas memories?
Do you have any humorous memories of "Christmases We'd Love To Forget"?
Back in 1989, Pittsburgh Press readers shared funny memories of family Christmas "disasters," and the idea is worth stealing.
My mother told of the Christmas when we had a turkey disaster and wound up eating hot dogs instead. No grocery stores could be found after the turkey was deemed unsalvageable.
Mom could have lived with the hot dog Christmas dinner, but not with me informing my entire fourth grade class and teacher about it.
"I was so embarrassed," my mother told the newspaper.
Another Pittsburgh woman told of tripping over her daughter's dog, which launched the turkey she was carrying on a platter into the air. Her husband leapt up to catch the turkey and fell into the Christmas tree. He landed covered with tinsel and bulbs, but with the poultry in his lap.
One couple thought they'd have a tropical Christmas studying the Everglades on an all-expense-paid trip through a science grant. They spent their holiday fighting mosquitoes and waving towels at turkey vultures that kept diving at their dinner. Their camp then flooded after a pounding rainstorm.
Another story featured a Pittsburgh soldier on Christmas leave who went home to surprise his parents and spent six days looking for them before flying back to Alabama. He met them at the Atlanta airport as they were returning from their surprise visit to his Army base to see him.
Other stories told of frozen pipes, no heat or lights and a "bucket brigade" when 22 family members battled a horrible flu.
Maybe you've had a Christmas where after all of your careful preparations, things went haywire. The Christmas tree did a nosedive, the dog gobbled up the turkey while you weren't looking, you forgot where you hid the presents or you gave your mother-in-law the gift-wrapped lingerie that was meant for you.
We'd like to hear from you if you have a funny Christmas story you'd like to share. Anecdotes would be featured in an article for the Christmas editions of The Morgan Messenger and The Hancock News.
If interested, call Kate Evans at The Morgan Messenger at 304-258-1800.