Saturday, November 21, 2009

5 Days to Go: The Parade Tradition

One of my favorite Thanksgiving traditions is watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. My brother might laugh if he reads this post, because when we were kids, I would pitch the biggest fit about having to watch the parade. In fact, I believe there were years that I flat out refused to watch the parade because I didn't "believe" a parade should ever be watched on TV, but instead only in person. My 6- and 7-year-old self was against the parade if I could not be live on the scene.

I really have no clue where this came from. I can only suspect that it's because most parades give out candy, and I'd assume that a TV-worthy parade would be giving out the mother of all candy. But, yet, I don't recall candy being in the thought process.

My brother, on the other hand, LOVED the parade. He and my mom would watch it together at the kitchen table while mom was preparing the meal and would both cry when Santa came. I don't remember when I jumped on that bandwagon, but I now do the same in my home (minus the TV in the kitchen...damn having to run to the LR while cooking!). Yes, the parade is about the cheesiest thing around--with all it's lip-syncing and what not, but I wouldn't miss it for the world. I also always call my brother during the parade so that we can still watch a little piece together.

One of my favorite "classic" balloons. Snoopy...I love you!

A newer goody!

Did I mention the cheese factor? Oh yeah, and throughout junior high and part of high school, I was convinced I was going to be a Rockette. Then I heard you had to be at least 5'9" At 5'7", I was 2 inches short of my dream. Now I wonder if that height requirement is for real.

Oh, Santa! Bring on the tears. I believe in you!

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Sean said...

Well.....most of that is true. I was not crying because of Santa. It was because Mom burnt the turkey and caused my eyes to tear from the smoke.

As always I am looking forward to my regular agenda... parade, football, turkey dinner, football, more eating, night football (best game of the day).. passing out. I nicknamed this day "ManDay".

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Tiffany said...

You are seriously inspiring a whole new appreciation for Thanksgiving with this countdown. I've loved all the posts so far, but this one is my new favorite. I'm thinking I have to start a new tradition in our house. . . I bet the peanut would love to watch the parade.

Carrie said... liar! That's just like the time you had "something in your eye" during the movie 61*. ;)

And thanks, Tiffany! I'm telling you, it's a whole lot of cheesiness, but in the years that I used to have to be in the car, I was most bummed about missing the parade. Enjoy!