The Many Moods You’ll Have on Thanksgiving, as Illustrated by Half-Inflated Macy’s Balloons

No holiday tradition is more honored than the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Except, you know, watching the chaos of the annual family dinner unfold in real-time. Here, 17 phases of Turkey Day that we’re all too familiar with. (Images courtesy of the annual Wednesday-night balloon inflation, which you should totally check out for more hilarity.) 

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When your grandma asks in front of everyone if you’re “seeing anyone special.”

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When everyone else is exchanging pleasantries but you’re over here plotting how to get first dibs on the best pieces of turkey.

When your mom makes a different kind of stuffing than the one you’ve been looking forward to all year and you have to pretend she didn’t just crush your dreams.

When Uncle Roger brings up politics.

When you’re starving and Aunt Ethel is holding up the buffet line.

When you’re stuck between two people who are debating the merits of brining versus basting.

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When you’re shoveling food into your mouth and catch a glimpse of yourself in the dining room mirror.

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When you suddenly remember that you volunteered to do the dishes this year.

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When you’re breaking out in the meat sweats, and your cousin chooses that exact moment to take a selfie.

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When you thought you were down for the count but—surprise!—you’re back for seconds like a zombie from the grave.

When you and your sister find an extra bottle of wine in the garage.

When you’ve had three helpings of marshmallow sweet potatoes already but you can’t stop.

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When you see your brother going after the last piece of pie.

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When your dad tries to put on a movie for everyone but can’t figure out how to work the remote.

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When you’re trying to keep up the festive mood but every cell in your body wants to be in the fetal position.

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When you wake up in the middle of the night and remember you agreed to go Black Friday shopping with your mom.

When you wake up the next morning and you’re ready to eat again.

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From 2016-2019 Carolyn Kuang-chen Stanley held the role of Editor covering food, travel and all things nyc.