There are so many terrific holiday parades and festivities taking place all over the country this week. Choosing a direction was really difficult. The weekend kicks off with the world famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, it is the “official” start of the holiday shopping season. Or as I lovingly refer to it, shopping insanity! So we have parades on Thanksgiving and all weekend. On Friday there are bunches; Saturday bunches more. Santa is the guest of honor at 1000’s of upcoming parades. But finally, as you can see from my list, exclusively Thanksgiving Day won out!
As those of you that have been reading my blogs for a awhile know, one of my top ten all time favorite movies is Miracle on 34th Street. The connection to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is unmistakable. It is the key to the entire story and the movie opens with the parade itself. From a very early time in my life, I made it a point to see that movie every year around Thanksgiving. When my children were small, we made it a annual tradition to watch that movie first thing in the morning every Thanksgiving. As the years went by, the audience grew thin to the point where it is usually just me now. But I am ok with that because I know that my children have a soft spot in their hearts for that movie.
Maybe, by focusing on Thanksgiving Day parades we can all combine the holidays with our family traditions and make memories to last lifetimes. So, this week I invite you to get out on Thanksgiving morning and attend one of these fabulous parades. If that isn’t an option, you can always rent, Miracle on 34th Street and enjoy it with your family. And after the movie, watch the actual parade on TV as the new appetizer to your holiday meal. This will contribute to making wonderful memories of fabulous, warm times on Thanksgiving.
Whatever event you attend or movie you watch, grab Grandma, the dog and perhaps someone less fortunate and do something together. My most sincere wishes to you and your family for a Happy Thanksgiving.