Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving Must-haves

I LOVE Thanksgiving. Love. it. Not as much as I love Christmas, mind you, but I love it a lot. Mainly because of the food. Just kidding (sort of). I do love the food, but the main thing I love about Thanksgiving is the family and the traditions. There are a few things that I must have or do on Thanksgiving Day to make my little heart smile:

1. The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Even if I'm not really watching it that closely and it's just background noise, it must be on and I must see the Turkey, Santa Claus, Charlie Brown, and Kermit the Frog, among others. No joke, one year my dad came to visit Adam and I in Tulsa for Thanksgiving and our TV decided to die the day before, so he literally went and bought us a new TV so that we would be able to watch the parade the next day. If you knew my dad you would not really be surprised by this.

2. Family

Pretend Rocky's in this picture too. 
As I have mentioned, we aren't able to visit our family in OK or MD this year, but I have Adam and our puppies, and that's just perfect!

3. Football

Ever since I can remember, even before I was into it, we have always watched football on Thanksgiving! There's just something about the tradition that is already inherent in football paired with the tradition of Thanksgiving that makes it so much fun to watch. I think I enjoy Thanksgiving football more than the Superbowl. We'll most likely watch the Dallas/Detroit game, and probably at least some of the Seattle/SF game too. We pretty much just love football, regardless of who is playing, and this time of year we start feeling like we need to cram it all in and watch as much as possible before football season ends.

4. Miracle on 34th Street

I mean, hello?? What better movie to watch to bring in the Christmas season! Total classic, and I love both versions, though the 1947 version has a special charm since that's the one I grew up watching.

5. Food

Duh. Ok, I love it all, but my must-have foods are turkey, stuffing, sweet potato casserole, and pumpkin pie. Adam doesn't like pumpkin pie, but I must have it! So I'm making one just for me. This could be very, very bad.

6. A Nap

What's Thanksgiving without a carb coma?

What are your must-haves for Thanksgiving?


  1. I never really cared much about the parade, not even growing up in New York, but since my daughter's been old enough to notice, it's definitely one of our must haves! Football is also a must have. And naps and all the food. Specifically, stuffing muffins and my homemade cranberry sauce. I could eat a whole meal of just that!

    And of course, family. It's the whole reason it's my favorite holiday.

  2. I'm the same way with the parade - don't really watch it but need it on as background noise!!

  3. We are the same way with the parade! It's a must have to start off the day. We also love a big breakfast. As long as we can remember we always had a great breakfast, kind of skipped lunch, and then dinner it was on!

  4. Gosh that parade takes me back to Thanksgivings when I was you and actually did watch it :) Still like it on!

  5. YES you gotta have the parade!! And football. And FOOD!! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving :)

  6. Yes to all of these things! Sometimes I get my nap, sometimes I don't. Depends on how many stops we have to make.

  7. I am so with you on this stuff - esp the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade! It's a tradition! Happy Thanksgiving!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle

  8. Love the parade!!

  9. i have never watched the parade, hopefully this year i'll catch a snippet ;) i also havent seen the older miracle on 34th street but i love the 'newer' one!

  10. The Macy's Parade is also a MUST for me. Reminds me of my mom...she always loved watching it. It's still so great after all these years!

  11. What a great list!! You are so right, these are definitely all must haves! For me I have to add a coma… the nap just isn't serious enough for me ;)


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