Holidays are coming up - Share the Joy with a 3M Giveaway!

The holidays are coming up and you know it's going to be a crazy few days; you'll want to get all the good stuff on tape so that a) you can share all those fun moments with family and friends and b) in case you need documentation in the event legal action is necessary--we know you have a crazy Aunt Mildred, too.

The easiest way to do this is to whip out a trusted igadget, which is sure to capture every priceless moment. If you have an iPhone or an iPad, we've got the perfect add-on for you--it's the new 3M Mobile Projector and we know you're salivating over it, just like we are. And, because they're such cool people, 3M is working with us to provide two lucky Outblush readers with their very own mobile projector to use during the holidays (yeah, we know we've featured the 3M Mobile Projector before, but now you have a chance to win one!)

In order to be entered into this amazing contest, comment on this post with a story detailing your most outlandish holiday experience (whatever holiday it may be--doesn't have to be Thanksgiving or Christmas--give us your funniest 4th of July or Festivas experience if you've got one). Enter as many times as you want, but we're going to think you're crazy if we see more than 10 entries.

We will randomly choose a winner at 12PM PST on Monday, November 14, 2011 and the winner will be announced on Thursday, November 17, 2011.

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Posted on 11.07.11 at 2:01 PM

Christmas with my husbands family takes FOR-EV-A every year. It takes so long to open present that we have to stop for food breaks! My husband is one of four and his 3 sisters all together have 6 kids so as you can imagine there are A LOT of gifts to be opened. A few years ago someone started "wwwwoooooo"ing after every present was opened and it has now become a holiday tradition that everyone "wwooooooo"s after every gift is open. I usually am laughing so hard that my cheeks are hurting by the end of everything!
They also have a christmas tradition that every year someone gets a life-sized black santa claus as their gift (I know, its not so politically correct). He has come wraped in a variety of things but the best wraping was a black trash bag! Well Happy "wwwwwwooooooo" Holidays to you all!


Posted on 11.07.11 at 2:09 PM

At our company's holdiday party there were tons of giveaway raffles but you could only win one prize for the holiday. I won a set of car rental coupons and I don't even have my drivers license.


Posted on 11.07.11 at 3:27 PM

Thanksgiving with my father and uncle has always been memorable. These two were former college roommates who are forever pullings gags on each other. None was better than the year my uncle tied the turkey carcass to the from of our family minivan and went unseen for over two days! My poor mother came to it's attention from an elderly women at church. "Ms.? Are you aware that the remains of a turkey are tied to the grill of your car?". It has since gone down as the best of all family pranks....Gobble Gobble!


Posted on 11.07.11 at 3:28 PM

Craziest holiday experience... Thanksgiving in July, celebrated with homesick American friends while living in South Africa (the seasons are backwards there). Better yet, we did it in a poorly-insulated house with a tiny oven and just 2 burners. But we had a blast!

Elle Sees

Posted on 11.07.11 at 3:32 PM

Once, I was driving home to visit the fam for Xmas, and somehow ended up in the Willacoochee, GA Christmas parade. I proudly waved at the kids and threw pennies out the window (I didn't have candy!).

Kelly Girl

Posted on 11.07.11 at 3:54 PM

I made "Boston Market Potatoes" for Thanksgiving and they were so good that no one believed I didn't just buy them and put them in my own serving dish.... that is until my stepsister fished a strange black object from her serving of potatoes: my Oven Knob. It was all the proof they needed to know that they were homemade, and now I'm always asked to bring a dish without the "extras". :)


Posted on 11.07.11 at 4:03 PM

My boyfriend and I spent our first Christmas together in the Dominican! It was an awesome trip except that we both got food poisoning on our last night and spent the next day flying home sharing a barf bag. Soooooo romantic <3


Posted on 11.07.11 at 4:24 PM

One Christmas morning, after waking up, we found that a dog that our family was dogsitting had already opened up all of Santa's gifts, and knocked the Christmas tree completely over. We eventually cleaned it up, but my first thought as a 11 year old child was "Oh no! I must have been naughty this year!"



Posted on 11.07.11 at 4:24 PM

One Christmas morning, after waking up, we found that a dog that our family was dogsitting had already opened up all of Santa's gifts, and knocked the Christmas tree completely over. We eventually cleaned it up, but my first thought as a 11 year old child was "Oh no! I must have been naughty this year!"



Posted on 11.07.11 at 4:30 PM

When I was 3 years old, I apparently begged Santa for a robot... a real live robot for Christmas! Well, Santa listened. There was a small (maybe 1 foot high) robot under the tree. This was in the 1970s, so the robot didn't do much more than walk and make noise. My parents excitedly sat me down on the kitchen floor and placed the robot about 8 feet from me. My mom turned it on, and as it started to walk towards me, I started screaming and shrieking in fear. Santa had to take it back. I've had a bizarre fear of robots ever since. It will probably serve me well when Skynet finally comes online.


Posted on 11.07.11 at 4:48 PM

Last Christmas a few weeks before the holiday my husband and I found a poor sick cat behind our apartment and adopted her. I don't think she had ever done Christmas before but she sure loved the tree. She slept under it until we took it down she was so adorable snuggled between the presents. She was my best present that year.

Sadaf Trimarchi

Posted on 11.07.11 at 5:02 PM

It was the first year I decided to host a "big" Thanksgiving in our new house. As usual, I used the opportunity to channel my inner Martha, and had been planning the meal for weeks. From pre-ordering the organic turkey from a local farm, to advance testing each recipe on the rotation. Long story short - the meal was great. But, what stole everyone's heart was the commentary of my two kids the next day at breakfast. My parent's brought over coffee and munchkins from Dunkin Donuts. While the adults were scurrying around, the camera was left on the table recording their conversation with each other. As they picked sprinkles off the munchins, one said to the other..."I'm thankful for you!" The other replied, "You're thankful for ME???" The video tells it best. Make sure to check out Grandma's face when she realizes what's happening.



Posted on 11.07.11 at 5:25 PM

4th of July in England on study abroad. Best time with friends, karaoke in a tiny pub and celebrating America!


Posted on 11.07.11 at 8:49 PM

I've been known as the "Gladstone" of my family as far back as I can remember. At least on one particular holiday afternoon, the nickname seemed to fit. I was about seven and decorating the Chrismtas tree when the phone rang. After a minute or two of listening to my dad demand to know why the middle-aged man on the other end of the line was asking to speak to his seven year old daughter, he was able to gather that I had won a drawing at a crafts store and would receive $100 worth of art supplies in a stocking that was larger than I was at the time. The best part was that neither me nor more parents had entered my name in the drawing - it was an aunt who figured I was the only person she knew that was lucky enough to actually win.

Maria P.

Posted on 11.07.11 at 10:17 PM

We were hosting our first Thanksgiving and we were very excited. Did the shopping and cleaning and setting up and prepping most of the food. Came time to make the stuffing the night before and realized we had forgotten to take the turkey out of the freezer! We spent most of the night thawing that bird in a cooler filled with water and changing the water every hour or so. Tired...very tired the next day.


Posted on 11.07.11 at 11:28 PM

One of my favorite Christmas memories is late Christmas in January with my best friends in college. Nobody except me had the chance to properly search for presents before semester break, so we ended up celebrating Christmas twice: once a few days before the 25th and the second time almost a month later! It's such a lovely memory.


Posted on 11.08.11 at 12:08 AM

I am the youngest child of three in my family. Being the youngest involved constant harassment and teazing from my older brother and sister. During Halloween, my sister and mother's favorite holiday, we would go all out. We would make graves in the lawn, string lights everywhere, create ghosts in the trees, and even throw a few haunted house events for the neighborhood. I was probably about nine or ten when my brother and sister made me deathly afraid of clowns and witches do to making me watch both Hocus Pocus and IT. That Halloween my mother bought a severed witch head made of foam that freaked me OUT! My brother and sister would throw that thing at me as I fell asleep, when I got home from school, and anytime or anywhere that did not even remotely related to Halloween. To this day they have that damn thing and it gives me the jumps. I guess that is what family is for right? To make sure, at any given moment, you can still turn into a shrieking baby at the site of a foam witch head.


Posted on 11.08.11 at 2:24 AM

You know, I'm not even sure if this is a holiday story. In my mind it is because it involves a turkey, so it was probably around Thanksgiving or Christmas.

I seven or eight, and I was home with my brother; my parents were at work. My mom called to tell me she put a frozen turkey in a pot and left it in the sink so it could defrost. I had to check it and make sure it was completely defrosted.

That much I understood. You see, English isn't my family's first language, so I understood my parents 99% of the time on the phone and 100% when I was with them.

I must have been having an off-day because, apparently, I misheard my mother on the phone.

"Make sure you rub the turkey in soap," she said.

"In soap?" I asked.

"Yes, soap," she assured me.

"肥皂?!" I asked. (That's Chinese for "soap.")

"YES," she said, annoyed that I kept asking.

So, she hung up, and I took the turkey and the dishwashing soap and rubbed the soap all over the turkey. My brother asked me what the hell I was doing. I said I was just doing what mom told me to do. He shrugged and went back to his video game. I rinsed the turkey and felt confident that my mom would think I did a good job cleaning it.

When my parents came home, my mom asked to see the turkey.

Then she asked why the skin was so slimy.

"Mom, you told me to rub soap on the turkey," I said.

"No! I said SALT. SALT on the turkey!"

My dad chimed in and said at least the turkey would be extra clean when we ate it.

My mom threw it out. To this day, I refuse to take directions for food from my mom over the phone, in case she means salt when I hear 'soap.'


Posted on 11.08.11 at 4:41 AM

I thought it was time to open presents one Christmas when my parents woke me up early, but it turned out they were bringing us to the storm cellar because of a severely tornadic system that lasted for hours(Dixie Alley). My siblings and I kept ourselves entertained by drawing pictures of tornadoes with garland and ornaments on them.

The rest of the holiday went normally for us: the cats knocked the tree over and put paw prints in all the pumpkin pies. Gotta love cats!


Posted on 11.08.11 at 5:59 AM

During a particularly hectic holiday season, my aunt's patience had worn thin and her Christmas decorations seemed to be rebelling against her. The last straw came in the form of a lawn decoration made out of white lights and shaped like a deer. It refused to stand up against the Midwestern gusts. Finally, my aunt snapped. She proceeded to curse and kick the deer across her yard until its head flew off.


Posted on 11.08.11 at 6:04 AM

My mother's birthday falls on Christmas day, so we are always looking for ways to make the day extra special for her. One year when my sister was home from college, she decided to make my Mom a very special surprise birthday cake. We had recently got a new puppy while my sister was at school so she wasn't used to having it around. My sister decided to hide the cake on the floor of her closet. Sure enough, we woke to a Christmas morning surprise of a half eaten cake, with a trail of crumbs and frosting all the way to the puppy's bed. I'm not sure my sister has ever forgiven the dog...


Posted on 11.08.11 at 6:13 AM

About 4 years ago we had a major ice storm at Christmas, which was very bad locally, but not that widespread. Only one of our friends had power, and she was away visiting family, and gave permission to use her home. After sitting around for a couple of days, we decided we might as well go to my sister-in-law's as we'd planned, so we drained the water lines and put anti-freeze in the traps and left on Christmas Eve. Hubby's family does most of their holiday on the Eve, so we'd already missed a bunch of it, and while Christmas Eve dinner is a big deal, we'd missed that too. So here we are on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, at a rest stop, eating dinner, along with an Indian family and a black family in the dining room...


Posted on 11.08.11 at 6:20 AM

My mother didn't stuff turkeys but my husband's mother always did, so I learned how. My mother always thought I was going to poison everyone. One year, I had the turkey defrosting on Wednesday night before Thanksgiving in the laundry room, which was very cold. My mother was visiting, and kept going in and poking at the turkey. Never mind that I assured her it was always still frozen inside when I went to roast it, she kept doing this all evening. Hubby and I went to bed and she was still up. Next morning, he sat bolt upright in bed and said "Where's the cat?" - the large 9-pounder that usually slept with us, but could be with my mother. You guessed it - Mom had shut her in the laundry and she'd shredded the turkey, through the plastic. The pumpkin pie next to it was entirely untouched, not even a hair on it. My mother, who thought I'd poison everyone said - "Can't you just cut that part off?" NOT! We had pot roast that year, since I could defrost that in time, and after sending hubby on something of a wild goose chase looking for horseradish.

Mike T

Posted on 11.08.11 at 7:19 AM

4th of July in the middle of the Atlantic on a British ship. W00t w00t!

The rules say ONE entry per person: "You may enter one (1) time per during the Promotion Period." I don't care if you think I'm crazy for posting 10+ times, but I want to make sure this is a fair contest.. Are we truly unlimited in posts, or does everyone only get one entry?


Posted on 11.08.11 at 7:31 AM

Memorial Day 2011, my friends and I decided to go up the mountain in our home town. As we approached the top, we realized it was closed. But instead of going down, we decided to play a trick on our friends who were following us (they were pretty far behind). So we parked the car in a dark corner and hid. I had a bottle of chamoy, a mexican liquid-y candy, in the car and we used that as a prop. My friend lied in the middle of the road and we poured the chamoy all over the ground around her mouth. We saw headlights coming around the corner but soon we saw that it wasn't our friends. It was a dark truck and when they pulled up to the "body", they must have freaked out because they jerked their car into reverse and took off. Best night ever!


Posted on 11.08.11 at 8:14 AM

Thanksgiving in Oklahoma, on my uncle's dairy farm. Feeding the baby cows, riding tractors, and shooting skeet are definitely things i don't get to do in brooklyn!


Posted on 11.08.11 at 8:27 AM

Christmas 1998 - My dad took us to his family farm in Kansas. We went out to eat on Christmas eve, for some reason I thought it would be a good idea to order eggs for dinner. My stomach didn't like the idea and I was sick all Christmas day!


Posted on 11.08.11 at 9:03 AM

Thanksgiving 3 years ago, I spent with my Mom and my Mom's family. We always get really in to cooking and trying new recipes, so that year I decided to make a new mulled cider recipe. Delicious mulled cider with oranges, spiced rum, yum! Well, I apparently sampled WAY too much of it throughout the day, on top of a few glasses of wine at dinner, because after dinner, I went to relax in the living room, and "fell asleep." I didn't wake up until everyone had left and my Mom was doing dishes. Whoops.


Posted on 11.08.11 at 9:27 AM

On year my grandparents gave us the most memorable Christmas present ever....the Norwalk virus. We were very thankful that there were enough bathrooms for all of us.


Posted on 11.08.11 at 9:34 AM

Last year I spent my first Christmas away from my family to be with my Boyfriend and his family in Philadelphia. I was so bummed to miss out on Christmas with my parents but I was excited to start my own tradition.
We got there around 3pm on Christmas Eve and his parents, two brothers, aunts and uncles, cousins, grandparents, etc. were there. I had already met most of them but did my rounds to meet everyone, including the girlfriend of my boyfriend's brother. She was a nice girl, great job, working towards a masters degree in accounting. The night went well, around 11PM everyone went to bed. The next day, we woke up to a SCREAMING argument downstairs... My boyfriend's brother had apparently forgotten to "uninvite" his other girlfriend to spend Christmas... so she showed up to find her boyfriend with another woman on Christmas. The claws came out, hair was pulled, and I could not have been more entertained. To me, this was the best christmas ever. To everyone else....not so much.


Posted on 11.08.11 at 9:35 AM

Last year I spent my first Christmas away from my family to be with my Boyfriend and his family in Philadelphia. I was so bummed to miss out on Christmas with my parents but I was excited to start my own tradition.
We got there around 3pm on Christmas Eve and his parents, two brothers, aunts and uncles, cousins, grandparents, etc. were there. I had already met most of them but did my rounds to meet everyone, including the girlfriend of my boyfriend's brother. She was a nice girl, great job, working towards a masters degree in accounting. The night went well, around 11PM everyone went to bed. The next day, we woke up to a SCREAMING argument downstairs... My boyfriend's brother had apparently forgotten to "uninvite" his other girlfriend to spend Christmas... so she showed up to find her boyfriend with another woman on Christmas. The claws came out, hair was pulled, and I could not have been more entertained. To me, this was the best christmas ever. To everyone else....not so much.


Posted on 11.08.11 at 9:43 AM

My second year of graduate school (all the way across the country from my family), I decided I just couldn't handle another Thanksgiving tagging along with someone else (like I had the previous year). I've always been very into tradition, and I really missed my family's Thanksgiving. So, I found a cheap last minute airline ticket (this was pre-9/11, when such things existed). I got a town car to take me to the airport - which picked me up in practically the middle of the night, and after 2 flights, I made it to Ohio just in time for dinner. My sister made some excuse for an errand she had to run before dinner and picked me up at the airport. I then sneaked into Thanksgiving dinner and gave my mom the surprise of her life. I got way behind on my reading and writing for classes, but it was totally worth it!


Posted on 11.08.11 at 10:32 AM

Every Thanksgiving my family and I usually have plans to meet in a central location, but for some reason we had no plans last year. It was Tuesday night, the week of Thanksgiving and my brother and I realized, "oh snap, we have no plans, let's do something..." We grabbed one my friends, rented a car, drove overnight from NYC to Miami, and booked a cruise to The Bahamas. Most impromptu, amazing thing we've ever done!


Posted on 11.08.11 at 10:46 AM

My sister-in-law is a present wrapping enthusiast. During her first Christmas with the in-laws, she spent hours meticulously wrapping each package and placed it below the tree before dinner. When everyone returned to exchange gifts, we found a massacre. My cat apparently has a bow fetish and had consumed and/or shredded every piece of ribbon in sight.


Posted on 11.08.11 at 6:14 PM

It was July and my dad's birthday. 89 degrees Hot & Humid. So, to get a head start on things at my parent's home. I decided to make some ice tea to have along with other beverages that we had. So in my mom's kitchen she would keep a couple of gallons of spring water on the counter for making ice tea and then put in the fridge to chill. Later on as the party was getting started some of the more non-soda people had chosen the ice tea. There we were, all sitting around and discussing the events and the latest news, sipping the ice tea, and I started notice how they were looking at their glasses after sipping and looking and sipping. Each other now noticing the other doing the same. Someone commented how tart the ice tea tasted, swirling the glass of ice tea around and sipping. Asking, Gee, Irene. What kind of tea mix is this, it's really tart. My mother looked at me, and I looked back as if saying "what"? Got up to get myself a glass took a sip....my throat went dry. Before I could turn around my mother was standing there and ask me if I had used the water by the sink? I responded, ya. It looked like it had started to be used and I wanted to use the rest before opening a new bottle. Next thing I heard her gasp. Oh! no! I had saved an empty bottle and filled it with my plant food {fish emulsion}, so I could feed my plants, and you used it to make the ice tea. Well, I thought I was going to burst. I just couldn't beleive what I had done and how everyone was still drinking it. You couldn't imagine the responxe I got when I told everone. And my father was one of them, a birthday he would never forget. Happy Birthday, Dad.


Posted on 11.08.11 at 8:22 PM

It was my first Christmas with my fiance and I was with his parents and family for their big Christmas Eve celebration. My fiance proceeded to get massively drunk and went on to insult his 7 year old nephew and other family members. It was very awkward trying to cover for my inebriated fiance.


Posted on 11.08.11 at 11:03 PM

This happened when I was 10; I bought my mom a Christmas gift, and since I was clueless on what to buy, I went to the mall and asked the shopkeeper to help me out. Somehow she convinced me that white tights with rhinestones would make a good gift for my mom. Needless to say (and understandably), my mom didn't like the gift and said that next time she prefers a homemade gift instead, so that became a tradition with us :).


Posted on 11.08.11 at 11:07 PM

This is not outlandish in the traditional sense, but there was one year when I 'lost' Christmas. I got on the plane on the 24th and flew more than halfway across the world, across more than 12 time zones, and due to 20 hour flight and the huge time difference between my departure and arrival city, when I arrived at my destination it was the 26th! It was Christmas at some point while I was up in the air, but due to the crossing of so many timezones I didn't know when Christmas actually came and went.


Posted on 11.09.11 at 5:29 AM

A 4th of July tradition among my family is traveling hours to watch the firework show in the small town where my grandparents live. It's not a particularly large show, but it's by far the most exciting that I've ever attended. Without fail, fireworks will be launched into trees, hop across the field toward the crowd, and rain debris upon onlookers. There's nothing quite as beautiful as fearing for your life on an annual basis.

Mike T

Posted on 11.09.11 at 3:34 PM

Ohio University Halloween. 'nuff said. :)


Posted on 11.10.11 at 6:07 AM

My sister-in-law hosted her first Thanksgiving two years ago. Unfortunately, her aunt (who was helping her in the kitchen) knew nothing about cooking. She continuously assured my lovely sister that "You cannot dry out a turkey, so just keep it going." The turkey was kept overcooking for hours. When we finally cut into it, it was reminiscent of the turkey from National Lampoon's Christmas.


Posted on 11.13.11 at 11:14 AM

My dad is a terrible gift-receiver. He shakes every box under the tree weeks in advance and almost always gets it right. One year, my uncle finally had him stumped with a gift from his trip in Guatemala. While everyone else was eating a Christmas Eve feast, I walked into my living room to find my dad carefully tearing open a corner of the unidentified present. Being the smart 5 year old that I was, I took his $5 bribe for silence and then immediately returned to the kitchen to tattle on him.

Laura D

Posted on 11.13.11 at 7:49 PM

It was Thanksgiving and we were reminiscing over people in our past and remembering our cousin fondly. My daughter's boyfriend said, "He sounds so nice, it's a shame I didn't get to meet him". My mom said, "oh but you can" and she reached into the china cabinet and pulled out a butter dish with some of his "remains" left in it. The whole family was stunned but my daughter seemed the most embarrassed of all of us. Way to make an impression mom!


Posted on 11.14.11 at 5:41 AM

One year, my entire family drove 1.5 days to Texas to share Thanksgiving at my aunt and uncle's house. It being my sister-in-law's first real "family vacation," my brother and I had to repeatedly explain that family vacations aren't exactly supposed to be "fun" in the typical sense of the word. But by the end, I think she got it: My uncle is retentive about his cooking. When his pie stuck in the pan, all it took was a sarcastic, "Well, Thanksgiving is ruined" from my sister to push him over the edge and send the rest of us into hysteric laughter.


Posted on 11.14.11 at 5:46 AM

My aunt makes the most delicious "nut-goody" bars every holiday. They're so good that my grandparents will actually wait until the younger kids are playing and then sneak them out so they don't have to share. One year, I got creative and hid a few in the back of their freezer for later. I was just about to retrieve them when my grandma explained that she had unexpectedly found some that she didn't remember saving and shared them with my grandpa. After owning up to my sneaking in front of the family, I was surprised that everyone was more outraged at my grandma - if you found secret dessert, why would you share?!


Posted on 11.14.11 at 5:50 AM

One Christmas morning, my brother woke up early to find my mother in the kitchen satiating a chocolate fix. The scene looked a little horrific as she was using a cleaver to lob off head of a solid chocolate Santa.


Posted on 11.14.11 at 5:55 AM

My grandmother has collected the Dayton's Santa Bears all my life. As a child, you learned early on that those were stuffed animals you didn't dare touch. I had no idea how passionate people really were over teddy bears, until I waited in line to buy them with her one Black Friday. After hours of waiting, I watched grown men get into a minor but physical fight all in the name of Santa Bear.


Posted on 11.14.11 at 5:58 AM

Every Easter, my family shares a traditional Polish poppyseed cake. When I was about 7, I went with my mother to purchase it from the bakery. She was looking at some other treats and asked me to hold her place in line. I stood there faithfully, until a few 80 year old women shoved and elbowed me out of their way. My mom returned immediately. Since then, I've put my game face on whenever I've entered a bakery around the holidays.


Posted on 11.14.11 at 6:22 AM

One year, my family failed to coordinate their gift giving - everyone bought me clothing. Although this would no longer be a problem, the total lack of two was devastating to my 4 year old self. My aunts and uncles scolded one another as I tried to hide the sniffles and feigned excitement over each Christmas present.


Posted on 11.14.11 at 10:27 AM

My daughter (3 last Christmas, 4 this year), is the first grandchild, and has invigorated our Christmas gift-opening. Who gets as excited about Christmas as a child? She loved passing out the gifts to everyone, and that excitement is infectious (even when the presents are practical sweaters, another pair of gloves, a gift card, or the electronic device that's been planned for weeks and that everyone has pitched in to get). Afterward, she carried her new presents around the house singing to herself, so happy.

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