Turkey day has arrived with all the trimmings and traditions. First of all, let me wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and tell you I am very thankful you are here reading my blog. I was extremely nervous 5 weeks ago when I decided to do this and I am very happy with every like and comment you have passed my way. I am very thankful for every view the Squiggle Line Cafe receives.
It’s early here in Hawaii, very early on Thanksgiving morning. You may be wondering why in the world would I be up at the crack of dawn on a holiday and the answer is…the parade! The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!!! It is my tradition-I think I was the only one in the family to like it year after year. I no longer know most of the stars and singers, but I still totally enjoy the performances on Herald Square, the big balloons from my childhood and of course–my first Santa sighting of the year.
Yes, I am known to be a bit of a free spirit and a non-conformist, but I do have certain traditions I have made for myself throughout the years that I try to stick to, no matter what. (that’s why I was up at 4 this morning) The parade is the kick off to the holiday season. Even if it’s only background noise, while I do other things…it must be on. One of my greatest memories was visiting an ex-boyfriend who had business in New York City one November. We stood on Columbus Circle, drinking coffee and freezing to death, but I was on cloud 9 all day…a 30 year old woman, giddy as a school girl. I was at the parade–live and in person!!!!
When I was young, Thanksgiving dinner was at my aunt and uncle’s house. Since we lived in Baltimore, we would drive 2 hours to make it for dinner, eat, hang out, clean up and then get back in the car to drive another 2 hours back home. That was just the way it was. At least on Christmas we stayed home and they came to us, because whoever had the youngest kid hosted Christmas…that was me…I am the baby.
Anyway, the food at my aunt’s house was amazing. All the usual suspects of turkey and sides were there. But, one of the desserts she made every year was a chocolate silk pie! Can you say YUM?!?! LOL! It was heavenly. I would wait every year for that chocolaty goodness.
One of my other Aunts made eggnog. One version for the kids; one version for the adults. I was a teenager the first time I snuck a sip of the boozie variety–OMG, it was so strong all I could do was cough. But I couldn’t tell anyone what caused my hacking fit, because I would’ve gotten into trouble. Even when it was legal for me to drink it…I never drank Aunt Sue’s eggnog again.
After the drive home, when we were all settled in for the night, I would (and still do) watch “Miracle on 34th. Street”. (b&w version with Natalie Wood) It is the perfect first holiday movie to begin the season of merry. It starts on Thanksgiving Day and ends on Christmas Day. You can’t get any better than that. Yes, I will be watching it tonight.
I go out of my way every year to not look at the early Christmas displays in the stores, tune out the Christmas music blaring through Walmart in October and try to not look at the lights on houses as we drive at night. No talk of Christmas at all until I have watched “Miracle on 34th. Street” Thanksgiving night.
But night turns into morning and as soon I open my eyes on Black Friday…full on Christmas mode…decorations, music, gifts, cards, food. I basically explode with Christmas cheer…so get ready gang.
But, today is Thanksgiving Day, a day that gets lost sometimes between Halloween and Christmas in the ever-growing age of commercialism. Please, let’s remember to give thanks today for all the blessings we have in our lives. Now…let’s go eat some bird–gobble gobble.
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