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Thanksgiving Nostalgia

On Sunday night after putting up all of our Christmas decorations (photos to come!) Andrew and I caught up on Fresh Off the Boat and in this year’s Thanksgiving episode, Eddie and Emery take Evan to see I Know What You Did Last Summer and he’s very reasonably, terrified of everything afterward.  They try to help him by encouraging him to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with them since it’s sure to be G-rated family fun.  As they settle in, the first float to appear on TV is the well known purple dinosaur of my childhood, Barney.  But it’s exceptionally gusty and a streetlamp rips a hole in his side, leading the float to partially deflate and fall to the ground while volunteers attempt to control the remaining portion of the balloon, and the police to run out with knives to deflate it fully.  So, Barney gets gutted.  Due to our horrid fascination, Andrew immediately paused our TV and looked it up online and it turns out that this actually happened in 1998! We watched a five minute YouTube video of the fiasco and we both couldn’t believe that we didn’t remember this happening! It seems like such a traumatizing experience for kids to witness!

I used to watch the parade every single year with my parents in our kitchen while we prepared food to bring to my grandparents house for our traditional Thanksgiving dinner.  In recent years, ever since I began having to commute to my destination as opposed to hopping out of bed and staying cozy in pajamas until the last possible minute- I haven’t made the time to watch the parade.  I’m feeling a bit nostalgic for it this year but as Andrew and I don’t have any form of cable, it’s unlikely that we’ll have a chance to watch.  Another tradition that my dad has been trying to make into a thing for years is for all of us to sit down at noon (I think?) and listen to this half hour long rambling song called ‘Alice’s Restaurant’ that’s played on the radio at the same time every Thanksgiving.  He tries to get all of us to grab a drink and listen to the story but it’s usually him grabbing a drink and listening to the story and the rest of us grabbing drinks and complaining about how we can’t wait for it to be over. Poor guy- he’s tried so hard!  Actually, typing it out kind of makes me want to surprise him this year and show up.
In all honesty, I’ve never really liked Thanksgiving. As a vegetarian (and as I’m told, a picky vegetarian), there’s rarely any food that I look forward to (with the one exception of pumpkin pie) and I’m just so excited to get into Christmas mode that Thanksgiving seems like an unnecessary hurdle to overcome after Halloween is over.  I do love seeing my family and celebrating with them, but it’s just not Christmas.  I’m more partial to the day after, Black Friday, because I can’t resist a good sale!  Are there any Thanksgiving foods or traditions that you get excited for every year? Or am I the only one who’s down on this holiday?

8 Responses to “Thanksgiving Nostalgia”

  1. Gillian says:

    Oh my God, I didn’t remember the Barney thing either. I saw an article on Hollywood Reporter with previous parade mishaps and I could not believe what I was seeing. I remembered the Cat in the Hat accident though.

  2. Cassie says:

    MST3K hosts a marathon (online only as of late) every Thanksgiving, which is always a good time. Also, Thanksgiving is my favorite food holiday of the year. Mashed potatoes, stuffing, mac and cheese, corn pudding, gravy, pie! Christmas dinner takes second place.
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  4. I feel like I answered your questions in another post haha! I am with you on not loving Thanksgiving. I’m also vegetarian (1 year and 2 months now!) and even though I hosted vegetarian Thanksgiving this year, it’s still not my fave. A lot of my anxiety is wrapped up in food and eating in front of people, so Thanksgiving is definitely not high on my list of holidays!
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  5. Alexa S. says:

    I’m not the biggest fan of Thanksgiving either, though I used to watch the parade as a child when I still lived in the US!
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