☰ Menu
Close to home with Mary Beth Breckenridge

Share your tales of holiday calamities

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: December 5, 2011

Just about everyone's had a taste of a Griswold family Christmas.

It's the kind of holiday that starts out with visions of perfection and ends up in disaster. Maybe the catastrophes don't pile on as they did for the fictional Griswold family in the movie National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, but they're enough to throw a monkey wrench into the best laid plans.

I want to hear about your holiday calamities. Maybe it was the year the fat from the roasting capon caught the oven on fire, not that it ever happened to me. Or maybe it was the year the cat ate your special ornament. Nope, that didn't happen to me, either.  Huh-uh.

Send me your funniest tales of Christmas calamities, Hanukkah mishaps and other home-related holiday catastrophes. I’ll share the best in the Dec. 24 home section.

Email your story to me at, or write to me at this address:

Home disasters

c/o Mary Beth Breckenridge

Akron Beacon Journal

P.O. Box 640

Akron, OH 44309-0640.

You must include your name, your mailing address and a phone number where you can be reached during the day. Addresses and phone numbers will not be published.

Deadline is noon Dec. 12.




  • Main Blog Promo
  • Cavs Blog Promo
  • Browns Blog Promo
  • Indians Blog Promo
  • Beer Blog Promo
  • Fracking Blog Promo
  • High School Blog Promo
  • Zips Blog Promo
  • Akron Dish Food Blog
Prev Next