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The Macys Thanksgiving Parade

Updated on February 11, 2015

Thanksgiving Turkey


When I was growing up, we would gather around the TV on Thanksgiving morning and watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. It was a family event. We could stay in our pajamas and eat breakfast in front of the TV. A double treat! After I grew up and moved away from home, I stopped watching. Raising my kids in Israel meant not only no Thanksgiving parade but no Thanksgiving! Now that I am back in the states, I try to remember to watch. Tonight, when I saw and ad for it, I felt that bit of nostalgic yearning. Watching the parade now is not the same as when I was little. Now, I watch it from the kitchen while I am cooking. Every now and then something witll draw my attention and I will walk into the the living room to get a closer look. But mostly, I just listen, glancing over now and then. Sometime during the parade, I will call my mom because I know that she is watching, too! and for those few moments listening to her describe the parade in detail, adding her own criitique, I close my eyes and I am home.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!

Still in our pajamas

but quite out of bed

we watched the Macy's Parade

while our breakfast was fed

How awesome it was

to eat away from the table

while watching Snoopy overhead

attached by many a cable

With much fanfare and ado

The commentators did go on

about the mechanisms and preparations

They surely did fawn!

We'd watch the whole thing

never skipping a beat

Impressed by the clown who wore stilts on his feet

And always I would hope

and fervently pray

that the following year, It'd be me on that stage!

Alas, that never happened

but no worries, it's okay

I still enjoyed watching

the Thanksgiving Day Parade!


More about Tradition

Last week, I wrote a hub on starting your own family traditions. Please check it out!

How to start a Family Tradition that will be repeated for Generations.

Traditional Thanksgiving Foods

There are some things that are a must in this house on Thanksgiving. Aside from the turkey, everyone loves green bean cassarole and sweet potatoes. We don't make stuffing,cranberries, mashed potatoes or pumpkin pie (I know we are bit weird!) but the first three things are a must! Last year I decided to make my green beans a little differently. I sauteed them with mushrooms and onions with a light olive oil and soy sauce. Delicious. They were willing to concede that it was yummy but wondered, Who does that on Thanksgiving?!?! They extracted a promise then and there that this year I would make the traditional Campbells soup one. We also have a very specific way to make our sweet potatoes. When I was growing up, my mother used to mash them, mix them with canned pineapple and bake them with mini marshmallows on top. We do ours a bit differently. I cook the sweet potato with brown sugar and margarine until it forms a glaze. Then I put the chunks of sweet potato in the casserole dish with marshmallows on top and bake. Then there is the turkey. I have discovered the best way to prepare a turkey. I have discovered the miracle of brining it. This is my third year doing it and each year, we get a little more daring. This year, it is brining with kosher salt, fresh garlic, chicken broth and fresh rosemary. Since I don't stuff it, I will fill it with fresh herbs before cooking! This year we bought baby potatoes and I will probably roast them with the turkey. I wish for those of you that celebrate it, a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Happy Thanksgiving!


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    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      6 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      The poems are just for fun. I feel like writing them once in a while. For me, the allure of the parade is more in the memories it holds than in the actual show. Thanks for stopping by and your votes and share!

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      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      And you are a poet also. I agree with many here I am not a parade watcher. However, you did some a good job on this that it sounded like fun. Voting Up and sharing.

    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      6 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Silly man, unless I get to twirl the baton, I can't lead the parade! I hope all is well in your world, Colin! I am always happy to receive good energy! Thank you! A beautiful day here in Az, not quite like December (luckily!) 5:49 pm, Az Mountain time. with good thoughts back at you!

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      6 years ago

      Hi Randi - I hope everything is well with you and your family these days - and I only want one lady leading my parade and that is you - you can float my float anyday -lol - and sending good energy your way from lake erie time and its cold like December should be - 6:55pm

    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      6 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Well, i'd have to say that perfect for lack of a better word, is pretty, perfect! Thanks for reading and shoring, Martin!

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      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      I am unable to leave an honest comment due to a memory made by Arlene and I who spent a perfect 5 days in New York to see the parade. Perfect... for 5 days (and nights). Thanks for the memories.

    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      6 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      What lovely memories you have, Nellieanna! Thank you so much for sharing them! The menu is making my mouth water! Yes, even after a big meal! I just returned from taking my son to work at the mall. I was pretty much in shock by the traffic first and then when we got there, the people were lined up. The store wasn't going to open for another 45 minutes and they were lined up like recehoreses at the gate! It's sick what corporate America and society do to us (I think I feel a hub here!) I often forget to watch the parade but today, of course, I remembered! I forgot how enjoyable it is especially this year in the wake of Hurricane Sandy! It is always so very nice and heartwarming to chat with you. Like you, I have also lived several different traditions, but also, like you, feel that what matters is the spirit! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! xoxo

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      6 years ago from TEXAS

      I love this but it brought tears to my eyes, Randi. As I watched the Macy's Parade on TV this morning, I felt so happy for New Yorkers to be able to have that lovely cheer and tradition of the Macy's parade following Sandy. There was no TV when I was growing up; it was just starting with black & white tiny round screens and huge tubes when I was a senior in college! But by the time I had children, they got to watch the parade while I was cooking our Thanksgiving dinner, so it feels like my own tradition as you're recalling yours.

      I grew up with Thanksgiving dinner traditions which were a mixture of Texas and my parents' "Damnyankee" traditions. I'm very fond of remembering them. In the home of my youth, every thing was made from 'scratch' including the cornbread for the turkey dressing, which had pecans, celery & apples in it. And Mother's luscious scalloped potatoes and corn souffle, homemade cranberry sauce. Pumpkin and/or pecan pies. Thanksgiving was so special then.

      I've lived among several different Thanksgiving 'traditions' since then, though. I think it's the spirit of it that matters most. I enjoyed hearing about yours! Hugs.

      I have to admit that all this frantic Black Friday stuff starting a week or more before Thanksgiving, including on Thanksgiving day itself, makes me ill.

    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      6 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Prasetio for stopping by and you warm comments and vote up! It is a fun tradition that they almost had to cancel this year because of the hurricane! Glad you enjo9yed it!

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      6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very informative hub. I had never heard about Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade before. Thanks to introduce this to us. I love the pictures above. Voted up!


    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      6 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Richard! I love these little homey things. They make me happy! I'm glad it made you happy, too! I missed Santa but remembered something I forgot to put in my hub. Batons! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Thank you for being such an amazing support here on hubpages!

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      6 years ago from Kentucky

      Randi -

      Thanks for the trip down memory lane and so much more. I remember awaiting the end of the parade and the arrival of Santa Claus. I caught the very tale end of it today, and who should appear but Santa Claus. For a brief instant, I was living 50 years in the past as emotion overwhelmed me for a second. Some feelings never die. You just have to find where there hiding. Great job!

    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      6 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you Eddy for the votes up! looking forward to a long life of sharing hubs with you!

    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      6 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Bill, truth be told, it wasn't so much the parade but the activity. I love it much better as background nusic, lol. Oops, i better go put it on and start cooking! Happy Thanksgiving!

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Truth be told, I have never liked parades. Not even as a child; I got bored with it so quickly. I don't think I've seen the Macy's parade more than once or twice in my lifetime. It's just me I know! :)

      Having said that, great hub and I especially like the last part....give thanks!

      I do, each day, for family and for friends like you. Happy Thanksgiving, Randi!

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      6 years ago from Wales

      A brilliant hub and here's to so many more by you. Here I vote up and across plus share.



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