Gobbling Up Thanksgiving

I just love Thanksgiving and having some of my family over to spend the evening laughing, eating, and catching up on our lives.  Even though we live in the same vicinity, we rarely get to see each other anymore.  Lives get busy, kids are growing up and working, others got married or dating and visiting the other side of the family now, and so we’re thankful that we can make the effort to enjoy some family time together and work around these schedules.

This year Terry, Paul and Evan came over.  I put Terry on appetizer duty and she surely didn’t disappoint.  She made a turkey cheeseball from a recipe she found on Pinterest.  It was so cute, we didn’t want to dig into it, but once we took pictures and got over it, we enjoyed it so much.  Adorable and tasty!  Thank you Terry!!

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Terry’s turkey reminded me of the Macy’s Parade turkey.  This is a tradition that goes way, way back on Thanksgiving.  The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade  started in 1924.   The three-hour Macy’s event is held in New York City and has been televised nationally on NBC since 1952.   We love to get up, grab some coffee and recline on the couch and enjoy it each year.

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In 1924, the annual Thanksgiving parade started by Louis Bamburger in  Newark, New Jersey at the  Bamburger’s store was transferred to New York City by Macy’s.  In New York, the employees marched to Macy’s flagship store on 34th Street dressed in vibrant costumes. There were floats, professional bands and live animals borrowed from the Central Park Zoo.  At the end of that first parade, as has been the case with every parade since, Santa Claus  was welcomed into Herald Square.   At this first parade, however, the Jolly Old Elf was enthroned on the Macy’s balcony at the 34th Street store entrance, where he was then “crowned” “King of the Kiddies.” With an audience of over 250,000 people, the parade was such a success that Macy’s declared it would become an annual event.

At the finale of the 1928 parade, the balloons were released into the sky, where they unexpectedly burst. The following year, they were redesigned with safety valves to allow them to float for a few days.   Address labels were sewn into them, so that whoever found and mailed back the discarded balloon received a gift from Macy’s.

Through the 1930s, the Parade continued to grow, with crowds of over one million people lining the parade route in 1933. The first Mickey Mouse balloon entered the parade in 1934. The annual festivities were broadcast on local radio stations in New York City from 1932 to 1941, and resumed in 1945, running through 1951.

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The parade was suspended from 1942 to 1944 as a result of World War II, owing to the need for rubber and helium in the war effort.   The parade resumed in 1945 using the route that it followed until 2008. The parade became known nationwide after being prominently featured in the 1947 film, Miracle on 34th Street,  which included footage of the 1946 festivities.   New safety measures were incorporated in 2006 to prevent accidents and balloon-related injuries. One measure taken was the installation of wind measurement devices to alert parade organizers to any unsafe conditions that could cause the balloons to behave erratically. In addition, parade officials implemented a measure to keep the balloons closer to the ground during windy conditions. If wind speeds are forecast to be higher than 34 miles per hour (55 km/h), all balloons are removed from the parade.  They sure have come along way with these balloons and they keep getting bigger!  

Our guests were starting to arrive, which was a good thing because we needed a “pick-me-up” after watching the Vikings lose once again to the Detroit Lions.   Aaahhh!!   Greg was the first to arrive and asked if we could have a bonfire tonight so that he could toss in his Viking’s jacket.  Said he didn’t need it anymore this year.  haha    That is so Greg, no filters on him.

It was time to get some food in our stomachs and forget about football.  Nate worked the entire day before on the food and mainly just had the turkey to concentrate on.  He has been doing this for so many years now, that he’s got it all down pretty well and his timing too.   We could tell the natives were restless around 6:00, because everyone was hovering around the island waiting for the dishes to start appearing…myself included.

Each thanksgiving is different for us, so figuring out the table settings can be tricky.  This year we had a big crew, so we added my scrapbook table on to our dining table.  We called it table #1 and table #2 seating.  Terry took over my spot at table #1 this year and did a commanding job over there.   It was pretty funny seeing everyone in a different spot.  I usually have place cards out, but wasn’t feeling it this year and had them all pick a chair.  It actually worked out well and I may try this again another year.  Table #2 was awesome…just sayin~.

After dinner and clearing some dishes out of the way, it was time to partake in the dessert portion of the meal.   We asked Lindsey, Zach and Greg to do dessert this year.  I got a text from them a few days ago with a picture of them having a pie-making party together.  I loved this!  What a great new tradition they have created and they said it was so much fun.

They made four different kinds of pie.  Cherry, pecan, caramel apple, and pumpkin.  Wow, these were fantastic and we can’t say enough appreciation for all the work you two put into them.  Zach worked super hard at making homemade whipped cream for on top of each piece.  This way out does Cool Whip!  I’m usually an ice cream fan on my pie, but he has converted me to cream for sure.  We sliced them small so that we could enjoy a taste of each.  We all had our favorites too and luckily for us, we got to keep a little for leftovers for the weekend.

Everyone was stuffed by the end of the evening and it was time to just rest and let it all settle in.  The little ones still had much energy as kids do, so Grandpa was playing with Link and his monster trucks, cars and busses and Nate calmed Kinsey & Link down with a book.  It was so cute to see this.  I love the sound of kids running around our house and these two were a bundle of fun all day.  Happy, smiley, and bouncing on every chair and couch they could find…even Jazzy’s bed.  She wasn’t thrilled.  There was even a some tackling going on…I guess its what brothers and sisters do.

I think everyone had a good time and we had warm weather melting what little snow we had.  Today it is all grass again, which we love and time to move on to the Christmas season.  Both girls are out Black Friday shopping while Nate and I just relax at home and shop online.   Too old for the long lines anymore.  haha~

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  We always need to remember who and what we’re thankful for throughout the year, not just Thanksgiving.  I’m thankful for my wonderful family, my neighbors who are fabulous, and my co-workers, who I’m thankful for each and every day of the week.

 

Because this was an election year,  I will leave you with a quote from Albert Einstein that I feel is fitting for our next generation….

“Learn from yesterday.  Live for today. Hope for tomorrow.”

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4 comments

  1. Love to see your family gathered and enjoying the company of each other
    Way to go Terry ,super cute idea
    It’s always fun to watch the parade perfect weather this year
    My favorite part of your blog is you Nate and the girls

  2. You’ve always got such great traditions. Bet it was a thrill having Megan home again. Love to your beautiful family!

  3. What a great Thanksgiving!! Ours was pretty quiet this year. My favorite part was watching the Thanksgiving This Is Us while we ate our pumpkin pie……are you watching that show??

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