Ever since I was a little girl, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is what signified Thanksgiving for me and the start of the holiday season.
In the years when my mom-mom was alive, I remember sitting in her living room on that 1960's-era orange carpet from when interior decorating "went brown" while the adults rolled lunchmeat and sliced cheese for nibbling pre-dinner, basted the turkey and prepped the dining room table. I sat mesmerized while huge balloon floats passed by on the streets of New York, a place I didn't really understand yet. I enjoyed listening to the excitement in the voices of the commentators and though I didn't really know most of the people participating, I couldn't get enough of their energy and spirit. I sat anxiously, awaiting the arrival of Santa and his reindeer and when he finally made his appearance, everyone would crowd into the room and cheer.
In my early teen years, I was most excited to see familiar celebrity faces and performances. It was exciting to see that I shared a tradition with these pop sensations that I admired so much, and that we were both doing the same thing with our Thanksgiving morning.
At 25, I still get excited when Santa and his reindeer and elves pull up and it provides me with a sense of comfort and familiarity of all those holiday's past and I'm reminded of my childhood when the holiday's were nothing short of magical.
For many, Thanksgiving "feels" like Thanksgiving when the meal is served, when the football game comes on or when family members ring the doorbell. For me, it's when I click on the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, settle in with my family and get lost in the magic.
You can tune in this year too on NBC at 9:00AM on Thanksgiving morning!