Honestly, I have no idea how most of my family traditions started or why they continue. I just kinda go with it because everyone else seems to be and no one ever really wanted to question Grandma. I have a sneaking suspicion that this is how it goes in most families, too. In fact, Chrissy Teigen tweeted about weird Thanksgiving traditions and misconstrued facts, effectively schooling all of her followers and setting the record straight. She also probably pissed off some steadfast grandmothers in the process. Listen, it's not an easy job, but somebody's gotta do it; I'm just glad Teigen is braver than most and took one for the team.
First things first, I actually don't like turkey and probably haven't had it on Thanksgiving since the age of eight, so tryptophan was never a real problem for me. But that doesn't mean I don't still feel the effects of friends and family alike complaining that the tryptophan has cursed them all into an early slumber. The thing is, according to the Teigs, turkey is just as tryptophan ridden as other meats you eat on the regular. So, there. That's a fun fact to pass around the dinner table. And an even better way to call out your cousin who's trying to leave early feigning exhaustion so she can go home to get ready and bar hop.
Other Thanksgiving oddities the model touched on? The ungodly hour we, as a nation, tend to eat our festive feast. Also, tricking people into enjoying your food by going against the grain and making them wait for their dinner. But, you know, you should probably hear these gems from Teigen herself. It always sounds better when she says it:
When you're around your table giving thanks on Thursday, don't forget to keep Teigen in your thoughts. She's counting on you:
Happy Thanksgiving, everybody. Remember, eat dinner whenever you want to and don't blame your gluttonous exhaustion all on the turkey.