Happy Thanksgiving, Chronic Readers!
I hope that you all had a really wonderful holiday yesterday and are recovering from too much pie and family time.
Personally, I had a pretty good Thanksgiving.
First off, it is just not Thanksgiving without the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Watching the parade has always been one of my favorite things to do; I can remember being really little and watching it on a teeny tiny portable television in my great-grandmother’s kitchen while she started cooking. It seems like it would be fun to go and see it in person; but then I think about how chilly and crowded it is, and I quickly change my mind to thinking it’s way more fun to watch it from the comfort of my couch.
(I was going to post some pictures of my favorite parade balloons, but my picture uploader isn’t working! I’ll have to edit them in later!)
The best part is when the Rockettes come out and do their kickline. When I was little, I used to tell everyone I was going to be a Rockette one day. I’m still holding on to that “one day.”
I usually watch the National Dog Show (presented by Purina!) and spend a ridiculous amount of time analyzing the competition. It is second only to my very involved analysis of the Miss. America pageant (#PageantGirl #MissJuniorMissState2007FifthPlace). I was glad to hear that a very stylish bloodhound won.
However, I didn’t watch the show this year because my family and I decided to have alternative Thanksgiving plans this year. My mom has always wanted to go Downtown because she heard that the Smithsonian museums are open normal hours but there’s barely a crowd because it’s well, Thanksgiving.
If you have ever been to our Nation’s Capital during the holidays or summer vacation, you know that the promise of little to no crowds is a big deal. I mean, really big.
So we went!
We powerlunched with the Roosevelts at the Franklin D. Roosevelt memorial. We clicked our heels alongside Dorothy’s ruby slippers at the American History Museum. We even hung out with a pretty awesome elephant at the Natural History Museum:
And I had quite a bit of Ele-fun at the gift shop.
After swinging by to wish Mr. Lincoln and Mr. Jefferson a Happy Thanksgiving at their respective memorials, we eventually made it home to have our regularly scheduled holiday dinner. Yummy!
Today, of course, is Black Friday, official crazy-shopper-overindulgence-day. I’m not going to lie; I have been one of the first 50 shoppers in line at Target in years’ past, when the official open time was 4am. It was fun! It felt out-of-the-ordinary and like a special thing to do with my mom and sister.
Now that stores are opening on Thanksgiving night, I’ve become disillusioned. It’s not fun so much as it seems a pinch desperate, you know? Like each store wants to be the first and the biggest and the best, and pretty soon the day after Halloween is going to be Black Friday, which kind of bums me out. I like to keep my holidays as separate as possible so that I can properly celebrate each one of them. I don’t want Thanksgiving to disappear into the over zealous Christmas void!
Speaking of Christmas, though, now that Thanksgiving has past, I have no problem with the fact that my family and I will spend some time this weekend listening to carols and decorating. However, I think I’ll wait just a little bit longer before I break out my holiday t-shirt collection (…maybe).
I would love to hear about your Thanksgiving celebrations, friends! Did you keep your holidays separate and wait till today to break out the Christmas/Hanukkah decorations? Let me know how your day was here in the Comments or over on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/iamchronicallywell
Are you doing some shopping this weekend? Check out my Etsy shop, NARlyGifts, where I sell flippin’ awesome stuffed animals: http://www.etsy.com/shop/NARlyGifts
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