The Thanksgiving Letter Made into Digital Short

Thanksgiving's a special time of year, full of family, friends, and food. Most importantly, we count our blessings, especially the ones that have to do with crazy family members inviting us over for food.

By now, most of you (and the world) have read The Thanksgiving Letter, which I posted last year after receiving it from a friend. Since I first published it, it's been reposted on a number of websites, most famously Awkward Family Photos.

Earlier this year, a production company contacted me. They were interested in making The Thanksgiving Letter into a webisode for their new series, INST MSGS. I just received the final cut from the producers, and my four word review of their adaptation:

"OMG. It's LOL brilliant."

Enjoy!



Oh, and to answer questions I've received about the letter (since a reader called me out: "As a married woman it is your duty as an adult to follow up on this."):
  1. Yes, this is a true letter.
  2. No, it’s not about my family, nor did I write it. It was written by a dear friend’s family member’s coworker. I got permission to post it, and I changed the names to protect the innocent from the litigious. :-)
  3. Sadly, there has not been a 2009 edition of the letter. Yet. Hold out hope, as we still have Christmas.

Comments

Anonymous said…
It's brilliant, Kara! About time someone took your letter to another level!
x o x o u i said…
I'm curious...does Marney know about all the fuss her letter has generated on the web?

I would have completely thwarted any of her instructions and would have brought a cold, frozen package of fish sticks in plastic wrap with a soup spoon!!

}:-D
This letter: hilarious and a bit scary. If I had received the letter, I would have ignored it and then brought PB&J sandwiches. Screw it! The video - even funnier.
Justin said…
How did that Thanksgiving turn out? Did you find out if Marney was pleased with everyone's offerings?
Andrew's Mom said…
I think Marney is a little over the top - but I have to say - I've had my full of relatives who eat at my house all the time .... and I seldom ask them to bring anything - (they are relieved) and if I do ask them to bring something - they never do - or they bring the wrong thing - i.e., - please bring a small chocolate cake - she brings 6 mini cannolis; please bring a small chocolate cake (I tried again 2 years later) - she brings store bought chocolate chip cookies. . . so I feel Marney's pain and that is just two minor examples.
Kara said…
No word on whether anyone showed up...or whether a new letter made the rounds this year.

@andrew's mom - I love small chocolate cakes, especially milk chocolate ones. She should be shot.
kristal said…
May as well have said:

HJB: Franzia

Mike Byron Family:
Please bring stinky turnips, even though everyone hates them. It's tradition to throw away turnip casserole every year, and I'm not stopping now!. And don't EVEN think of buying generic ice cream, you Scrooge.

Bob Byron Family:
Please bring green beans or asparagus. Cook them any way you like but use the very explicit instructions I'm giving you. Make sure they have no flavor whatsoever. If you only bring FOUR pounds of asparagus, you will be shot on site.

Lisa Byron Chesterfield Family:
Lisa, time for you to quit being a mooch and stuffing your face with the fruits of others' labors. Jeez, the least you can do is throw some veggies on a plate. Not a small, medium, or extra large plate. Maybe a large plate. On second though, make that a medium-large plate. Please make sure the plate is at least 12" across, but no more than 12.25". With dip. But only one kind of dip. The dip may only contain certain ingredients. If there is one bean in it, you are grounded. I hate farting.

The Michelle Bobble Family:
Bring 3 quarts of squash. I don't know how many damn squash that is. Have you heard of Google? Do I have to do EVERYTHING? And bring proscuitto pinwheels using the recipe that I am sending you telepathically. Don't use a plate. Just throw them in your purse, and we'll fish them out later and blow off the dust. No one will have to know.

The June Davis Family:
Last year, when I said to bring a ton of mashed potatoes, I did not mean a true metric ton. And no, I'm not reimbursing you for the U-Haul truck you had to rent, so stop asking me. Remember- two REGULATION size casserole dishes is plenty. I don't know what regulation size is, I just want to sound uptight and official. Just Google it. Michelle Bobble can help you.

The Amy Misto Family:
If you bring gunky crappy pies from the day old bread store again, I am going to bake YOU into a pie.
M.M. said…
Hi Kara!

All this time i've seen you over at TWL, and I had no idea you were the "author" of the Thanksgiving Letter!!

I feel like I just met a celebrity....
Kara said…
Hey there M.M.! It's a small world, indeed. :-D
cjcrash said…
A friend of mine found MY blog because they found your letter went to your blog and saw I was on there. How odd this little world is. Congrats.
Kara said…
@cjcrash - No way! How funny.
Jen said…
OMG - frickin' hiLARious!!! I read this on Awkward Family Photos, saw your blog address, and was delighted with the video rendition!!!
Fellow blogger,
Jen
Kara said…
@jen - glad you love it! :-)
Anonymous said…
I just came across this letter posted in akward family photos while on perma-hold at work. By the time I finished reading I was a sloppy mess of laughter ... could not talk when my client came back on the line. Oh how I would LOVE to show up on her doorstep with a bag of chips and some canned dip! Thanks for the laugh!
Anonymous said…
OMG LOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!!! I laughed so hard I blew a candy bar out of my nose!!!! This is priceless!!
Anonymous said…
Sorry, but this is all wrong. The real Marney is actually young, blonde, fashion forward, and absolutely not southern. That Thanksgiving pin? No way! Tacky figurings? Please. And seriously, that couch? Never. Obviously someone that would write an email like this (1) is very witty and (2) has a chic home that looks like it came off the pages of Martha Stewart Living. You would have been better off with more of an Anna Wintour meets SJP (in Family Stone) caricature - emanating fabulousness.
Sassafras said…
I was invited to a potluck some years ago by a dear friend (still a friend) who was a similarly fussy host. He phoned everyone twice to emphasize that we MUST conform to the theme of elegant, authentic Greek cuisine, reminding us that he was cooking a very expensive leg of lamb. I brought a lime jello mold ring with thin slices of salami standing upright at precise intervals. People ate it with no comment, and no comment from the host.
Anonymous said…
This reads like an invitation to the Gosselin Family Turkey Day....
Anonymous said…
The letter is better than the video, but the video's not bad.
Erin Farrell said…
This is hilarious - Marney sounds like "Angela" from the Office - and from the way you describe her, she might LOOK like Angela from the Office.

Thanks for sharing - this makes everyone's annoying relatives a little more "palatable." :D
Anonymous said…
This was stupid. The letter is WAY better.
Anonymous said…
This is terrible. The letter is way better. Marney lives in a chic upscale house with contemporary furnishings and a recycled tile backsplash in her spotless kitchen. Not only is this video not reflective of Marney, the actress reading Marney is terrible all by herself.

The letter deserved much better than this.
Mary said…
I've posted Marney's Thanksgiving letter on my Facebook page for the past 3 years. My friends look forward to it. Thanksgiving just wouldn't be the same without OCD Marney and her control issues.