People share what ruined Thanksgiving in Viral Post

Thanksgiving is hardly over, but online commentators are already rushing to share the moments that ruined their 2022 vacation.

Reddit was awash with bad holiday experiences when one user asked, “What ruined your Thanksgiving this year?”

With thousands of comments, people started sharing the reasons why they didn’t have a very happy holiday.

Burnt turkey and family quarrel
A file photo of a woman concerned after finding out her turkey is overcooked, left, and a picture of a family arguing in the kitchen, right. A viral post has prompted people to share what ruined their 2022 Thanksgiving.
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A 2019 survey of 2,000 Americans found that in the average household, six key holiday chores go wrong, with 56 percent saying turkey is usually the biggest cause of trouble.

The poll, commissioned by Omaha Steaks and conducted by OnePoll, found that other common “Thanksgiving mistakes” included running out of time to prep dinner, not all dishes were ready to eat, running out of wine, and missing the main ingredient in a meal court was forgotten.

But why do we like to share our negative experiences with each other?

Geoffrey Beattie, Professor of Psychology at Edge Hill University in Lancashire, England news week: “People have a tendency towards negativity. Negative events have a greater impact on us than positive events. We remember negative experiences better. Some of our most vivid memories are very negative.

“Negative experiences touch us emotionally. That’s why we like to share them. By speaking or writing about it, we express those emotions and use language to understand them, to find out what happened and why,” Beattie added. “Emotional disclosure makes us feel better and is good for us.”

On Reddit, commenters were quick to answer the question, “What ruined your Thanksgiving?”

One commenter wrote: “Dental infection spreading [the] Dentist yesterday to get antibiotics and it was bloating all over my face overnight. So here I am in the ER with a 101.3 fever and my face hurts like hell.”

Another Redditor shared, “My girlfriend broke up with me last night, so I spent all of Thanksgiving pretending I didn’t mind.”

Turns out, breakups around Thanksgiving aren’t uncommon either. In 2017, AskMen polled more than 600 readers which holidays make the most sense to fire someone.

Dubbed “turkey garbage,” the Thanksgiving breakup emerged as the most popular decision, with 46 percent of respondents agreeing that this was the best holiday to end a relationship. The turkey dump is most common among college students, as this is often the time when freshmen return home and break up with high school partners.

“I’ve caught a cold,” wrote another commenter, sharing his miserable Thanksgiving. “That and I got fired.”

“Racist in-laws,” was another reply. “If I hear one more Mexican joke, I’ll probably burn down a building.”

One Redditor wrote that their day was ruined because: “Over the past few years my father and stepmother have turned into angry Republicans.”

In a poll of 1,005 US adults conducted by Axios, 77 percent of respondents agreed that Thanksgiving celebrations are not the time to discuss politics with family.

But although the majority said they would rather not discuss politics, 41 percent of Democrats and 29 percent of Republicans admitted they probably would anyway.

Pets also seemed to be playing their part in the holiday chaos this year. One Redditor wrote, “My relative’s dog ate the top of our pumpkin pie and a whole pack of buns.”

“The dog got out resulting in a two-hour search and a cold dinner,” commented another frustrated poster.

With so many negative stories surrounding Thanksgiving, is there anything that makes it more likely that people will have a difficult holiday?

“Expectations are often ridiculously high. People want the day to be perfect and any deviations will be noticed immediately, things that would normally go unnoticed,” Beattie said. “People then catastrophize those deviations – ‘it ruined the day’ – they overreact. It is this emotional process that becomes the problem.”

Fortunately, however, not everyone was rushing to share disaster stories from the holidays, and a few commenters shared how their day had gone well.

“Nothing,” was an answer to the question. “It was really nice,” while another Redditor wrote, “Honestly, it was a great day.” People share what ruined Thanksgiving in Viral Post

Rick Schindler

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