When I was a kid, Thanksgiving was always an incredibly exciting holiday. It wasn’t the turkey or desserts, it was the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. Every year, in the early morning, my dad would take me and my sister into Manhattan with a couple of elementary school friends and their mom, and we would plant ourselves across from the Ed Sullivan theater. We’d sit on the curb, all bundled up, drinking hot chocolate waiting for the excitement to start.

As the morning grew on, the crowd would grow bigger and bigger, and by the time the parade came around, the sidewalks would be filled with people cheering and clapping, enjoying the sights. Before we knew it, Santa was passing by and it was time to go home where my mom would be hard at work, still preparing the feast that she was working on before we left in the early morning.  

Some years, we would go into Manhattan the night before Thanksgiving to see the balloons being blown up. That made Thanksgiving even more exciting. Seeing these pieces of fabric (or whatever they’re made of) flat on the ground, slowly being transformed into some of our favorite cartoon or t.v. characters.

These traditions ended in our teens, but they still bring back joyful memories. I’m hoping that we’ll be able to start some new traditions with our kids that will bring them just as much joy as we had around the holiday season.   


I know the holidays can be a stressful time for many, but perhaps if we really look, there’s something about them that can spark a bit of joy.  It could be something small like a long awaited piece of pumpkin pie, or something big, like seeing family members or friends that we haven’t been able to see all year long.  What brings you joy at Thanksgiving?  What traditions do you look forward to every year?  Share it with us in the comments below!  

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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