Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful, right? Well, maybe it’s best to be thankful you don’t eat more meals with the people who’ll be seated around the table with you, gobbling on turkey.

Surely, the Pilgrims probably had no doubt their first feast would turn into a meal populated by all sorts of strange characters, coming together in the name of turkey, football and the anticipation of Christmas sales.

Yup, Thanksgiving is a day when people who are related spend hours jammed between bowls of yams and stuffing. Whether it's the odd uncle who's MIA the other 364 days a year or the little kid who treats the dining room like it's her own personal playpen, you can be sure that you'll get your fill of bird meat, pumpkin pie and awkward conversation.

No wonder people are so happy to run out of the house at 6 p.m. for the beginning of Black Friday.