A young newlywed was preparing a ham for Christmas dinner. She carefully cut off the end of the ham before placing it in the pan for baking.
Her husband asked her, "Why did you cut off the end of the ham?"
And she replied, "I really don't know, but my mother always did, so I thought you were supposed to."
Later, when talking to her mother, she asked her why she cut off the end of the ham before baking it, and her mother replied,
"I really don't know, but that's the way my mom always did it."
A few weeks later while visiting her grandmother, the young woman asked, "Grandma, why is it that you cut off the end of a ham before you bake it?"
Her grandmother replied,
"Well dear, it would never fit into my baking pan."