hey, you could add 'hopelessly' unskilled to that.
the point is recognition. an attempt to do something nice for someone, that of course you could do yourself, and way better. but the point? is knowing that but doing it so you don't actually have to, because you're already working your ass off to make the holiday - that you don't believe in - nice for other people. it's not perfect, but if it were perfect? you'd do it all solo. so you can take the mediocre, bastardized dishes or you can say 'hey, I'd like this instead', but either way, this is kind of about recognition rather than doing it well.