The Lesson of the McNuggets: Embrace being real over being perfect #Identity#dealing with judgement#holidays#hosting December 30 2016 | Guest post by Liza Palmer Always remember The Lesson of the McNuggets as we go into our New Years celebrations/new year of our lives… Photo by Liza Orr Palmer It was last year, I was late for a holiday party, and found myself without my designated potluck item. I had all my excuses lined up. We've all been there. There never seems to be enough time, money or energy to be the Fantasy Holiday Version of Ourselves. Unstained red party dresses, holiday gatherings with tables full of festive offerings, wonderfully wrapped presents that perfectly embody our feelings for whomever is lucky enough to receive them. I was in the cusp of a spiral when I saw it. A McDonalds. Fuck it. "50 Chicken McNuggets, please." "15?" "No 50. And throw in some fries." I mean, when in Rome. The guy gave me bag after bag of more Chicken McNuggets than I'd ever seen. And? A smorgasbord of every dipping sauce they offer. Like EVERY DIPPING SAUCE. Related Post Last-minute New Year's party ideas for when friends say, "you're hosting!" It's almost 2018 and you're ready to curl up with the pets and hit up Netflix, right? Nope. Your friends have decided that they want... Read more Not knowing how they'd go over, I walked into the party with my bags of McDonalds a bit deflated. And EVERYONE WENT NUTS. It was the hit of the party. So much so that, for this year's installment of that same holiday party, there were requests to bring 'em back. All this to say… For so long, I'd defined The Fantasy Holiday Version of Myself as something I could never be — some unholy Martha Stewart/Ina Garten/Gwyneth Paltrow blend — that every year I ended up feeling that if I could just strive harder or be a bit better I'd achieve it. Maybe this is the holiday season I embrace being Real over being Perfect. Was there a holiday moment this year where you realized that it's okay to be real instead of perfect? Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Guest post written by Liza Palmer Liza Palmer is the internationally bestselling author of Conversations with the Fat Girl and five other novels. An Emmy-nominated writer, she lives in Los Angeles and works for BuzzFeed. https://www.facebook.com/LizaOrrPalmer PREVIOUS What NOT to do when your friends have a newborn NEXT How I'm going a year without buying new clothes for myself OR my kid Show/Hide comments [ 6 ] I'm lovin' it!! (pun intended). Reply That sounds similar to when I offered to order some Dominos pizza as my contribution to a Halloween party when I did not have time to make something. Everyone was delighted! Reply My husband's family reunion always has someone bringing a bucket of chicken. Feels like a cop out, until you think, the reunion is in Iowa, they've driven all the way up from Kentucky, and it's from KFC. Kinda fitting, right? Reply For the last family reunion, I was incredibly tired after a long month at work and I can't cook at the best of times. The reunion was at a state park a few hours away so I had to leave early in morning, too. I brought a case pack of water. As it turned out, not a single other person, including the hosts, thought to bring beverages to share. It was a hot summer day on the lake including a short hiking trip with the kids. Everyone was thrilled! Reply OMG this is wonderful! I am not a cook, I am not a host, I am not an entertainer. Therefore, potluck parties make me antsy as shit and I'm also really resistant to having people over to our house. BUT my husband and I have a dream of doing a holiday costume party since other friends have already claimed Halloween, Christmas, and New Year's gatherings as their annual celebrations. I really want to do it but I'm also nervous about providing food fit for an "adult" gathering. This really made me think "fuck that, why do I need to have fancy cheeses when I could have nuggets instead!" So thank you, you just brought us a step closer to the holiday costume party of our dreams! Reply Also, lots of stores sell cheapish party platters now. The ones from Costco are amazing and Wegman's are pretty good too (pricer though). These have the advantage of being something you can get earlier in the day and are fine at room temp (unlike nuggets and fries). Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Subscribe me to your mailing list No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.