The most exciting part about Thanksgiving, usually, is reuniting with family and friends to share laughs and a hearty meal, and revel in the kind of nostalgia that's practically ripped from a Norman Rockwell painting.
However, there comes at time, after all is said and fed, when familial conversation is replaced with a glowing blue screen, silence, and a few giggles here and there. The Internet — more specifically YouTube — becomes an honorary member of your tribe: delivering the punchlines when the family has fallen into a tryptophan coma and can't be bothered to make jokes.
The Internet is also a handy tool for drowning out yet another retelling of Aunt Jill's one time getting down at Studio 54 with some artist from Chelsea. ("Oh, it was the life, dear!") It's what you show and how you show it that really counts. You want the material to be cheeky but appropriate, hilarious without being offensive — tastefully offensive, if you will.
Now, because of the gagillion videos being uploaded to the platform every day, you can imagine how cumbersome finding just the right clip to debut to your family can become. You've got a diverse set of ages and tastes to take into account, after all.
Ahead, 15 videos you'd be proud to show off to mom, pops, grandma, and grandpa — rated for your sharing precaution. Happy Thanksgiving!
Jessica's Daily Life Affirmation
Small, innocent girl schools her dad (and us!) about what it really means to be grateful.
The 2014 John Lewis Christmas Ad
Every year, retailer John Lewis puts out an undeniably viral ad. 2014's is no exception: Its simple narrative of learning to love will have you asking for some tissues and maybe a comforting slice of pie.
Kittens Inspired By Kittens
Who needs words when picture books let you use your imagination? And, for the more mature audiences, here's "Cats Inspired By Kittens Inspired By Kittens."
YouTube Complaints 2014!
Yeah, that's right: this YouTube roundup features a YouTube video satirizing all the petty nuisances we, as YouTube viewers, experience when watching YouTube videos. You've just been incepted.
Coco Goes To KMart
Never has there ever been a better video satirizing the troubled life of a stereotypical suburban mother. She doesn't want to impress anyone. She just wants her Tension Tamer Tea. Coco also explores Walgreens for holiday treats here. It's a gem.
News Anchor Performs "Where They At, Doe?"
Fun party tip: When only a few of you laugh, start mimicking this news anchor's dance moves and lip-synch "Where They At, Doe?" referencing your family's disappointing sense of humor.
Too Many Cooks
I, personally, have no idea how or by whom this story was conceived. But, boy, does it make for quality Turkey Turn Down Time.
The Elevator Ghost Prank
If there's anything to glean from You've Got Mail, it's that getting stuck in an elevator is no fun. Add in a quietly moving girl ghost and you've got yourself a brilliantly terrifying prank.
Taylor Swift x '80s Aerobics Competition
Taylor Swift's not putting out a holiday album this year, but she's still everywhere. So, you might as well spice up all the viewings of her "Blank Space" video with this here genius mashup.
Golden Retriever Proudly Fails At Dog Show
We have all been this dog.
Brendan Jordan is an angel sent down from the heavens above to help us make a better, more understanding, and accepting world. He's a true voice of his generation and proof that anyone can be famous for a minute or 15.
Wolverine Dances To "Single Ladies"
You're going to need to get your funny bone checked if you're not beaming from ear to ear after watching this.
100 Days Of Dance
And, they say this generation has no drive or ability to commit...
Are You Afraid of the Dark?: No One Goes
When existentialism and nerves get the best of you, just sit by the campfire with your pals and think about telling a scary story. Life is, after all, the scariest story of all.
LeVar Burton Reads "Go The F*** To Sleep"
Boy, Reading Rainbow sure has changed!