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Well, did you?  I’ll bet you did IF you weren’t the one making Thanksgiving dinner.  And if you have kids…parking everyone in front of the TV for a couple of hours, gives you the time you need to prep and set the table and catch a few floats.   I’ve watched the Macy’s parade for decades; (oooh that makes me old), as a kid, as a young adult, as a parent with my kids and I took each of them to the Parade at some point when they were growing up.  Born in New York City in 1924, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is not just a New York tradition, it is watched by millions all over the country.  It even plays an important role in one of everyone’s favorite holiday movies, It’s A Wonderful Life.

Curbed NY ran a feature about the years of Macy’s parades and I would like to share some of the photos with you.  All of the photos in this blog post were taken from Curbed NY.

Macy's Christmas Parade

Macy’s Christmas Parade

1924: Macy’s Christmas Parade

Bye Bye Dachshund

Bye Bye Dachshund

1929: A dachshund balloon was released after the parade

Eddie Cantor

Eddie Cantor

1934: Balloon in the likeness of Eddie Cantor

BALL_05

Mickey Mouse

1934: Mickey Mouse is the first balloon created with Walt Disney

Santa

Santa

1940: Santa rounds the corner

The Macy's E;f

The Macy’s Elf

1947: The Macy’s Elf

Harold the Firman

Harold the Fireman

1948: Harold the Fireman

Bull winkle

Bullwinkle

1961: Bullwinkle makes an appearance and is captured in color.

It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's Superman!

It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, It’s Superman!

1966: Old World Superman

Raggedy Ann

Raggedy Ann

1984: Raggedy Ann

Hello Spidey

Hello Spidey

1991: Spiderman makes his first apperance

Kermit the Frog

Kermit the Frog

2002: Kermit is greener than ever!

 

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Place cards for Thanksgiving dinner 2008.

Place cards for Thanksgiving dinner guests

So if you’re not cooking, you are either dining out or better yet invited to share the annual feast at someone else’s dinner table.  Either way, the end result is still the same because you….

  1. Do not have to spend hours grocery shopping for myriad ingredients for dishes you make only once a year.
  2. Do not have to spend 3 x what you normally spend at the grocery store each week, buying weird items like persimmons, figs, chestnuts, turnips and a 14 lb bird.
  3. Do not have to pull the giblets out of the cavity of an ice cold turkey and then clean its inside  and cut off its rear end also known irreverently as the pope’s nose.Do not have to pull the giblets out of the cavity of an ice cold turkey and then clean its inside  and cut off its rear end also known irreverently as the pope’s nose.
  4. Do not have to get up at the crack of dawn to stuff the turkey and put it in the oven so it is ready at 2:00pm
  5. Can actually go to the Parade if you wish or leisurely sit in your living room with a cup of coffee all warm and cosy and marvel at the balloons and how cold everyone seems to be at the Parade.
  6. Can have breakfast with the family instead of peeling potatoes.
  7. Don’t have to wonder how you are really going to get everything baked and cooked with 1 oven and only 4 burners.
  8. Will have time to get appropriately dressed  without an apron and even be able to put on makeup.
  9. Will probably be offered some leftovers to bring home for tomorrow’s supper (bring your own containers)
  10. BEST of all, you won’t be in the middle of any unresolved sibling or parent-child issues from your own family!!

 

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