I love Thanksgiving morning. I love the smells coming from my kitchen. I love the quiet in the house. And I love to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
When my boys were little, I would watch the parade while reading the ads for the big shopping day Friday. I would hurry out early in the morning to make sure I got my Thanksgiving Day paper. At times they would be hard to find and I never wanted to miss out on anything. I don't even buy a paper now. I'm sure that it's filled with coupons and such, but I usually accidentally leave my coupons at home, which stresses me out.
The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has such interesting facts. The picture I posted above is from the parade in 1941. This was the Thanksgiving before Pearl Harbor was bombed on December 7th. This was the last year the patriot was used. He was donated to the World War II effort. The parade wasn't held in during the war. The balloons were deflated and donated to the War effort. Some of the floats tower 10 stories above the street. Macy's is the second highest user of helium. Who knew?
Anyway, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade definitely is a tradition for me. It is the perfect start to Thanksgiving Day. That and a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, which, by the way, will be on TV tonight. Do y'all have any little things that you do that are traditional for you?
Okay. Gotta go stir my mac and cheese. Hope you all have a very happy Thanksgiving, that your turkeys are perfectly golden and moist. That your pies are creamy and spiced just right. That your potatoes have no lumps. And that your rolls rise to perfection! But most of all, that you get to enjoy your traditions with family and friends.