Our Thanksgiving Tradition

Thanksgiving weekend is ahead. Yes, I love Thanksgiving dinner with family. The clean-up? Well, not so much. My favorite part of the day, though, is the morning. We get up and pop the turkey in the oven, let it do its slow roasting thing. Then we make chocolate chip pecan waffles, as if we really needed any more decadence to add to the Thanksgiving diet. After breakfast, we take a break to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. We’ve been doing this for as long as I can remember.

While I love watching the balloons and the floats go by, I really enjoy the musical acts, a varied group of performers doing their best to lip sync to the music, although that doesn’t always work out very well. But it’s fun to watch. Each year they pass by with big happy smiles, no matter what the weather is like. This year the talent runs the gamut from up and coming artists to the well-known, like Tony Bennett, Fitz and the Tantrums and Sara McLachlan.

I love the Broadway musical performances, the dancers, the marching bands, the Rockettes, all fun to watch. Finally as the parade ends, there he is! Santa! With twinkling eyes and pointing to the side of his nose (if you’ve seen this before, you know what I’m talking about), he ushers in the holiday season.

We all have special holiday traditions. It may include parades, or football games, volunteering or preparing and enjoying certain foods. Whatever Thanksgiving is for you, I hope it brings you much happiness this year. Enjoy!

That's me with David O'Leary and Santa...another tradition coming soon, Boston Common Tree Lighting on December 1st!