Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! Wherever you are, whatever you do, have a wonderful with family and friends. Today is a day of tradition and togetherness, good food, laughs, cozy homes, and hopefully nothing but happiness.  With my family, one of our favorite traditions is watching the parade in the morning while we bake and watching Miracle on 34th Street after dessert. We do not partake in Christmas festivities until after Thanksgiving, so Miracle on 34th Street is the perfect movie to tie the holiday season together. If you have never seen this 1947 movie starring Maureen O’Hara, Edmund Gwenn, Robert Payne, and Natalie Wood. The best way to describe this classic movie is by saying it involves hope, faith, the Christmas spirit, and it will warm your heart.  (Parts may be a bit sentimental or cheesy, but it’s perfect.)

“Faith is believing in things when common sense tells you not to.” Click here for the clip. Or watch the original trailer – unlike most trailers today, it does not tell you the entire movie!  Now, go watch the movie.

Have a fantastic Thanksgiving and remember to give thanks for your favorite traditions and people.

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Whatever your family traditions may be, I hope you have a great time being in the places that you love with the people you love. It’s a recipe for memories and family stories. My day involves running a 5K with one of my sisters and then watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade with my entire family while we cook and bake. At noon we listen to Alice’s Restaurant by Arlo Guthrie. It’s a good 18 minute talking blues song on the radio, half song, half storytelling, and we have been listening to it for years. It is based on a true story and then became a movie. If you’re in the Long Island area, tune into WBAB 102.3* or WRCN 103.9 to hear it at noon and then at 6 p.m. Read the lyrics here or listen to it here on YouTube. You can buy the mp3 here. It’s definitely worth your time.

And here are some Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade photographs, courtesy of Elyse.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Macy's Turkey

Happy Thanksgiving from the Macy's turkey

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons


*An update (12/1/2008): WBAB did not play Alice’s Restaurant this year. Distraught when my family did not hear, even by 1pm, I emailed and called the radio station to request the song. All I received in response was that a “corporate decision” was made and they would not be playing the song this year.  I was not given any further information.