Thanksgiving is a holiday when many family member travels far and wide to be together. You have a cousin from a far-off land whom nobody has seen for a year. There’s your brother, who’s just gone off to college and discovered politics and is itching to discuss affairs of state and other taboo topics. And of course you have your standard characters: the insecure cook, the loud uncle and the people who desperately want to be anywhere else. It could be a lot. So, grab another glass of wine and pull up a chair. These are the 12 people you’ll share the table with at every Thanksgiving.
There’s always that family member who doesn't know what an "inside voice" is.
It’s this person’s first time cooking Thanksgiving dinner. They followed a bunch of easy Thanksgiving recipes, and whether or not that turkey turned out perfect or dreadfully dry, they’re spending the entire meal asking people how the meal turned out (and simultaneously fishing for compliments).
Wait, who is that guy again? He’s not dating anyone in the family, but he couldn’t make it home for the holidays. Your family took him in, and he’s trying his best to be courteous. At least he doesn’t have to spend the holiday alone.
Your poor father-in-law. He wants a grandbaby so bad, and he’s definitely willing to ask when you’ll start planning your family, no matter how much the question makes you squirm.
We all have that family member who has gone off to college and found their political calling and identity. While politics are one of those topics best avoided at family functions, this person is just itching to bring up the upcoming election and will frankly ask everyone whom they’re voting for. It’s almost like they’re trying to start a fight. The new politician is closely related to the teenage bro who has gone off to college, discovered drugs and can’t stop campaigning for the legalization of marijuana and hallucinogens.
Your cousins are mad they’re at the family Thanksgiving. They’d rather be tailgating at the football game. But they’re settling by making everyone shush up while they yell at the TV.
While most of the family has stayed in the region, this family member has moved across the country and really only comes home for the holidays. So everyone is very interested in how her life is in the “big city,” and it’s really all they can think of to ask about. And now that you know who’s at Thanksgiving, it’s time to learn where you sit at the Thanksgiving table (and what it says about you).
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