Another random contest: Oddest holiday dinner?

Friday, December 7, 2012
In keeping with the spirit of the season, and since the other contest was so popular, I'm running another random contest...

What (or where) was your oddest Christmas/holiday dinner? Did you end up eating cold Spam out of the can in an airport terminal? Fried squirrel in a canoe?

Let 'em rip. This time, I'll pick TWO lucky random winners from the comments to win one of my e-books (any of my pen names, current releases only). If we get over fifty comments, I'll pick THREE winners.

Good luck! :)



*DRUMROLL* And the lucky winners, as picked by random.org are...

Sandra Knapp

Congratulations to everyone! Please email me at tymberdalton AT gmail.com and let me know which of my ebooks (any pen name, current releases only) that you'd like and your preferred format. Some of my older books aren't available in .epub, so state a secondary choice of format too, please.

Thanks! And stay tuned for the next contest!! :)

59 reader comments:

  1. Katafer said...:

    Last year for Xmas dinner, we had so many side dishes that my BF bagged up the main course (cornish hens) and we ate them the next day. I've decided it's my new favorite meal though - side dishes.

  1. I won for yesterday but I can't resist answering. My aunt made me Turkey spam for my birthday luncheon celebration. Yes, I was an adult. LOL

  1. I've had hospital fare for more than one Christmas dinner since I've worked in the medical field for over 25 years. Not very fun shoveling down Christmas dinner while in the middle of xraying a bloody trauma!

  1. Unknown said...:

    We havent had many odd meals, but I have choked down a turkey that was soooo dry no amount of gravy could help it... It was awful!

  1. Yarmac said...:

    Not having a christmas dinner as I was all by myself for several years after my folks moved out west. My husband usually goes to see his family and so there I was all by my lonesome. (and no, having him around would make it even worse)

  1. Teresa K. said...:

    Mine that I could remember is eating Christmas Dinner in CT. at my mom's house. We ate good ole Turkey. I think I was like 23 at the time. I'm now 50. So this is the last one I can remember. I do remember this. My mom is generally a great cook.
    But I don't know what happen to this meal. But this was one of the worse meals she ever cooked.

    Turkey dry, scorched creamed potatoes, etc...

    Poor mom, she was devistated.

    Teresa K.

  1. Annie said...:

    My mom remarried and we went to his families house for Christmas. Everyone has different traditions and I get that. They do a big breakfast... and COMPLETELY forgot about dinner (or didnt care... im still not sure). We ended up with hot dogs... gross, just gross.

  1. Unknown said...:

    The oddest for me was probably saltines. My hubby and I had gone to my inlaws for Christmas eve/Christmas morning. They neglected to mention that they had had the stomach bug for three days before we got there. We went to my parents house Christmas afternoon and
    within an hour of getting there both of us starting getting sick. We called my in-laws to warn them and that's when they told us that they had been sick. All I ate that day was saltines.

  1. Anonymous said...:

    My grandmas husban is from japan so fir one thanksgiving he made squid and rice but tried to make it look like a cooked pig so he put pineapple slices on it. It was very strange

  1. I dont have a good one but my husband dose.He ate ham sandwitchs stand over a fire barrel gaurd duty on in Afghanistan christmass day .

  1. Fedora said...:

    Hmm... our Christmas dinners tend to be pretty traditional, so we've been pretty fortunate. I think one year we decided to forego dinner in favor of Christmas waffles instead :)

  1. Kimberly said...:

    My paternal grandmother made the most yucky christmas "lunch" when I was about 7, it was fish...with the heads and eyes and all, over a bed of soggy cabbage. Needless to say, I was scared for life over that hot mess.

  1. Tim said...:

    We drove north on Rt 29 from Charlottesville headed to DC in a very light snow. Nothing was open on Christmas eve, except the Chinese place near the GE robotics factory. We were the only two customers and we were very well treated. They had no idea why business was so slow!

  1. Lee said...:

    Let's see...the year our son was born....he was born on Dec. 21....and I had a raging bladder infection by Christmas and ended up in the ER. I believe we ended up with chicken noodle soup from a can....that was almost 20 years ago!!! LOL But how could we complain with our precious 4 day old son in our arms??

  1. Chris said...:

    My brother wanted something different so he bought a turducken. This is a turkey stuffed with a duck, stuffed with a chichen. It took forever to cook and was soooo greasy.We ended up only eating the sides.

  1. vickyb said...:

    Swanson turkey TV dinner on a tray table in front of the TV the first year all the kids were gone and hubby pulled the "holiday" shift.

  1. CaroleDee said...:

    No funny Christmas stories, but the Thanksgiving I was preggo with my son I thought I was going to go into labor any minute so we didn't buy any of the 'traditional' stuff. We ended going to an Italian restaurant. Which probably wouldn't sound that odd, but we lived in Germany at the time.

    I did end up going into labor that night. The gnocchi did me in ;)

  1. Ratatosk said...:

    In high school my dad's boss decided to have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, I.e., Plymouth Rock fare. Stuffing I think was cornbread --- just cornbread. Ground up cranberries. I'm not so sure we even got turkey or pumpkin pie. Was dreadful!

  1. Probably it was fast food on the highway going from California to Nevada on Christmas Day. Due to some sad circumstances we weren't celebrating that year. But on the plus side there was hardly anyone on the road!

  1. Anonymous said...:

    Christmas/ my birthday I was sick. I was not allowed to go to my grandparent to have Christmas dinner.

  1. jenreader said...:

    My first Christmas at my boyfriends parents house (which are now my in-laws), they do breakfast and we had the worse egg casserole thingy in the world. Did not taste good, but what made it worse was it being runny and the texture. BLAH!! I make sure I skip it every year since then. I think the others eat it so no ones feelings get hurt, but really sometimes enough is enough. Went on for over 10 years. I think the only reason it stopped was that they moved out of state. LOL

  1. Carla said...:

    Christmas two years ago, my mother ordered a meal from an Amish market. The ham was white, the turkey was pink, and the lima beans were fried and then coated in barbecue sauce. It was interesting to say the least.

  1. TTN said...:

    Eating at Denny's 24-hr restaurant because I was busy and didn't make dinner plans.

  1. I spent easter in the hospital one year all i was allowed was a jello. My mother tried to convince me it was loke slimy jelly beans . Haha not a good idea.

  1. Tina D said...:

    Since my Mom passed away a few years ago I really don't celebrate holidays much even though I have a huge family. I guess last year I had a beef pot pie and crackers later because I forgot to get anything else

  1. Tara C said...:

    This is such an easy one to answer. We had the Mormon missionaries over and my daughter Hannah, who was 3 at the time, stood up on her chair, aimed her butt towards the sky and ripped a big fart. It got even better when she started clapping excitedly, "I farted!". That was the point where he had to teach her where it is an is not appropriate to do certain things. Thankfully, the missionaries were busting up, but it was pretty horrifying for a minute.

  1. Debby said...:

    We decided to cook a goose on Christmas. Except the goose had a lot of fat. All that fat overflowed the pan. Then it caught fire. The alarm went off and it was quite exciting.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  1. laurie said...:

    the oddest holiday dinner actually happened to my aunt a few years ago. at the time she owned a german shepherd...and one year she had left the turkey on the counter to cool and the dog managed to steal the turkey and EAT it RIGHT before guests were to arrive. and b/c it takes for EVER to cook a turkey she called for pizza and wings for dinner

  1. SheriV said...:

    I had McDonald's last year since my son was in the NICU. Usually we have turkey or ham.

  1. pc said...:

    The first time I cooked Christmas dinner, I didn't realize they pack the turkey gizzards inside wrapped in paper and that the inside may not be thawed even if the outside seems fine. And potatoes need to really be boiled to soften for homemade mashed potatoes. Needless to say, we did not eat the half-raw turkey and potatoes and ended up eating instant noodles!

  1. Heidi said...:

    Last year my husband got really ill and we spent Christmas Day in the hospital, so I got to eat some fine vending machine food from outside the hospital cafe, since it was closed due to Chirstmas.

  1. Armenia said...:

    One year for Thanksgiving we had friends and family over to my house. I remember slaving over this dinner event for 3 days which was consumed in record time in 30minutes.

    Hehe, well,I must have moaned and groaned and, successfully I might add, about the work I would face for the upcoming Christmas dinner that I convinced hubby "the dinner" could not possibly be repeated. So was born "Christmas meatloaf." Its become tradition and we laugh about it each year as we lovingly gaze upon our heap of meat in the middle of the table.

  1. Ashley said...:

    Our Christmas dinners are pretty normal. So nothing odd for the actual dinner. However, one year my mom tried to make ham pancakes for the morning after Christmas. They did not turn out that great.

  1. Stale vending machine food at some random airport where our plane was stuck due to snow. Oh yeah those were the days. When we finally got to the relatives for christmas the next day they hadn't saved any prime rib. We all went for mexican instead.

  1. redjuliet said...:

    One Christmas I had the flu so I spent the day by myself and ate nothing! I may have heated some broth but all I remember is being so sick I couldn't keep anything down.

  1. Redabook said...:

    My Grandmother's sauerbraten. So dry, so gross. We were expecting turkey or ham, but got this instead. Ate lots of pie & cake instead!

  1. SharonO said...:

    we have a family tradition of eating prawns at the beach for Christmas. As i don't like seafood I tend to end up getting extra mango / cherries.

  1. Tawania said...:

    She crab soup is the weirdest thing I've had for Christmas dinner. I went with a friend to her family home for Christmas, and that's what they served. Nothing wrong with she crab soup, but it was definitely odd.

  1. Debbie said...:

    Not really odd, but after working the evening shift Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, I had dinner in a diner eating pancakes with cranberry sause.

  1. sarenan said...:

    We always have a large extended family Christmas dinner and my brother and a couple of our cousins went into the woods around Aripeka and came out with a bunch of squirrels and a rattlesnake. We fried them up and served them along with the turkey, ham, and venison.

  1. RoseRaven said...:

    Last year we decided at the last minute on Christmas Eve to stay home. Ended up at the grocery store trying to buy food at 10:30pm. Ended up with a turkey roast and boxed stuffing. It wasn't bad but wasn't a real feast like I usually cook.

  1. Camilla said...:

    The oddest meal I have eaten on a Christmas Day was baked beans in brown sauce and bacon.and that was it ,no ham or turkey.

  1. Yvette said...:

    The meal itself was good but when I was a teenager my mom made a cake for dessert and forgot the eggs so it was about an inch high and very "heavy".

  1. Unknown said...:

    Lutefisk, Oyster stew, Selta Pan & Pressed, Rolla Polsa, Lefsa, Jule kaga, herring and Swedish Potato Sausage.....what can I say I am Norwegian/Swedish on my dad's side and that is tradition...you know it is weird when your traditional meal ends up on the TV Show Bizarre Foods

  1. The oddest Holiday meal was when my Aunt decided to make our holiday feast a Mexican one. We all had to make authentic Mexican food for Thanksgiving.


  1. Voss said...:

    One year when I was a kid, my brother and I both came down with the chicken pox. My mom was so tired from taking care of us, we all had leftovers for Christmas dinner.

  1. ali said...:

    When we first moved to Australia from England my mum was not used to the heat and refused to do a cold Christmas. So she cooked a hot roast dinner with all the windows/doors closed on a 40 degree (100 for you) day. the window frames were aluminium and we couldn't open then they were all too hot ahhahahahahah

  1. Sierra G. said...:

    My dad's side of the family are definitely rednecks so our Christmas lunch one year was squirrel stew and venison. One of my uncles also managed to kill a snake, but he was the only one eating that! Thankfully my mom's family made a more traditional dinner later that day.

  1. Unknown said...:

    I was living away from home and chose to spend Thanksgiving with my married cousin...whose husband was out of town for some weird reason. She and I went to the movies and then went back to her place for our gourmet meal...Chicken Ramen Noodle soup. ;) I will never forget it, that's for sure!

  1. Janet said...:

    Oddest Thanksgiving was in basic training, San Antonio Tx. I was a new AF recruit and was there over the holidays. First holidays away from home. A friend/former co-worker was there at the same time and his parents came down to see him and got permission for me to go along for Thanksgiving dinner at their hotel restaurant. First time ever not eating at home, they were so kind to invite me but I was so miserable!

  1. annettew said...:

    I don't think we have ever had a odd holiday dinner it did take me a while to cook a turkey & it be moist but I have & my family was happy I learned how to. :)

  1. Wow. I haven't had an unusual holiday meal but... Many years ago when I was a teenager, I was living with my stepfather's girlfriend for a few months. Thanksgiving was coming, and the woman had never cooked a turkey before, and I kept telling her as she was getting it ready that she had to check both ends of the turkey because they packed the innards in both ends of the turkey. She didn't believe me, and put the bird in the oven un stuffed with no dressing. About half way through the cooking time she finally thinking about it, and actually believed me. The dumb woman took the turkey out of the oven and proceeded to stick her hand in both ends to check both ends. The bird was pretty hot so she ended up using a BBQ fork to poke around inside the bird.
    By golly! The neck was in one end, and the rest was in the other. Needless to say it's good thing she did check because I sure as hell did NOT want to eat that thing with the innards still stuffed inside it's butt & neck....eeeww yuck!
    Thank you for the contest, and wishing a great holiday season...*S*

    pommawolf @hotmail.com

  1. Unknown said...:

    Nothing to crazy, but the oddest Christmas dinner I've ever experienced was pizza-lol
    It was home made and yummy, just not the traditional meal I was use to. I was in my early 20's at the time and there was lots of drink. So, yea, don't remember much else *chuckle...

    Thank you for the chance to win one of your works Tymber :)

    Happy holidays everyone!!!

    Dragon lady 029 @ aol . com

  1. Anonymous said...:

    My oddest holiday dinner was July 4, 1997. I was finishing my study abroad in Shizuoka-shi, Japan. The group of American students were able to stay in Tokyo the last few days of our trip. Well, we went to Tokyo Disney to celebrate the Fourth of July, and weren't wise when we didn't eat dinner there. When we got back to our hotel (which was more like a tiny sardine box), the only thing we could find to eat was rice & sea cucumber, or tuna from the can.
    I still eat rice, but i have never had tuna or sea cucumber since I got back home to Indiana.
    FYI---Sea Cucumber is this REALLY slimy thing that eats the stuff on the bottom of the ocean.

  1. when my grand ws alive we would pre pare for the holdiay up to 3 day in advance we have over50 at that time it was like a buffet with fired bologna yea the hillbilly part of the family my dad wanted duck and won then my grand and me and aunt would make pot sald and mix sald like jello and pie up to 20 f them then han turkey roast beef mac and cheese my mom never made any thing dad sid she never lern to cook so it other who did it then we grab a place to eat and then have dinner

  1. Carin said...:

    This one will have to be the oddest we will be on a plane or at a layover in Chicago at dinner time on Christmas day this year. Carin

  1. pc said...:

    first Christmas turkey dinner I made...didn't thaw the turkey fully and didn't take out the paperwrapped gizzards inside.. We had instant noodles that Christmas!

  1. Unknown said...:

    roast beef butties on an african beach when we live in lagos nigeria when i was eight !

  1. *DRUMROLL* And the lucky winners, as picked by random.org are...


    Sandra Knapp

    Congratulations to everyone! Please email me at tymberdalton AT gmail.com and let me know which of my ebooks (any pen name, current releases only) that you'd like and your preferred format. Some of my older books aren't available in .epub, so state a secondary choice of format too, please.

    Thanks! And stay tuned for the next contest!! :)