This Thanksgiving mix-up is turning into a tradition

You may remember the Mesa woman who accidentally invited a total stranger over for dinner - thinking it was her grandson. It wasn't, but he showed up anyway, sparking a new Thanksgiving tradition.

MESA, Ariz. - You can't turn Grandma down for Thanksgiving dinner, even if it's not your grandma.

Wanda Hence and Jamal Hinton became internet sensations last Thanksgiving when she accidentally invited him -- a total stranger -- to Thanksgiving. Wanda thought she was texting her grandson, but instead texted Jamal, and he actually came.

Screenshots of their text message exchange went viral on Twitter almost instantly. 

One year later, Wanda asked Jamal to come again guessing he probably had other family plans. Just like last Thanksgiving, Jamal didn't hesitate.

"She was so nice and welcoming last year, I said I would be there," Jamal said, after eating Thanksgiving at her Mesa home for a second year in a row. "She's a great friend." 

"He always has an open invite to our house for Thanksgiving," Wanda said, when asked if this might become a tradition.

This new tradition is even more remarkable because Jamal has a grandmother of his own who also invited him to dinner. 

"I'll just shoot over there, apologize for being late and try to stuff another plate in," Jamal said.

It's all part of a brand new Thanksgiving tradition which was only born from a holiday mistake, if that's even what you want to call it.

"I do believe there are no accidents in life," Wanda said.

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