The Mitch Six-Things I Am Looking Forward To This Thanksgiving
It’s the most wonderful time of the year… and I am not talking about Christmas. Thanksgiving is tomorrow and besides the day off, there are so many things to look forward to. With that, I am taking over the Mitch Six to give you Jess’ top 6 FAVORITE things about the glorious holiday, Thanksgiving.
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade
Let’s start this off with a bit of a fun fact about the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: The event started in 1924 but for two years from 1942 to 1942 the parade ran without balloons due to a helium shortage. Yes, the parade which is well known for its giant balloons towering over New York City ran without balloons for two years. The Macys Parade is an iconic event synonymous with Thanksgiving. It’s the perfect background viewing to have on your TV in the morning. The parade is broadcast from 9am to 12PM which is the perfect time for you to get up, have your cup of coffee, and relax on a nice midweek day off.
The parade ending by noon is perfect because at 1PM is when the fun really begins with some football. Nothing is more synonymous with thanksgiving than the Detroit Lions playing. This year they play the Bears (Daaaa Bears), which should be a good game though I do miss the days where they would play the Packers. The other two games being played tomorrow are the Redskins and the Cowboys… yuck, and then Falcons and Saints which should be an offensive showdown. All in all, Thanksgiving appears to be locked into another good slate of NFL games that shouldn’t disappoint.
Cooking with Family
Can’t relax on Thanksgiving morning because you are hosting dinner? That’s probably because you woke up to the smell of turkey cooking in the oven and you are up to your neck in mashed potatoes. Some of the most memorable parts of thanksgiving are spent in the kitchen with my mom, grandma, and aunt. There is always something special about delivering a delicious home cook meal for people to enjoy. Thanksgiving gives us all the time to put our cooking talents to the test. It’s our day to act like we are on a cooking show, running frantically around the kitchen, in hopes of having the meal hot and ready by the time people arrive.
Speaking of cooking, do you know what is a cant miss food that no Thanksgiving is complete without? Stuffing… duh. Granny C’s stuffing is the stuff sent down from the gods that we get to have one or two times a year. This stuffing is more of a meat stuffing than a bread stuffing, it doesn’t have the kick that bread stuffing can have, and I quickly become a bottomless pit when its available. There is truly nothing that compares to Granny C’s stuffing…. Nothing. Don’t @ Me!
What is Thanksgiving without family? Throughout the year life tends to get in the way of spending time with a lot of our family. Sure, we have the close relatives we see almost daily (looking at you mom), Thanksgiving is a great day to catch up with the cousins, aunts, and uncles who we do not see as often as we should.
Black Friday Planning
I am a Black Friday purist, meaning Black Friday begins on Black Friday not 6PM on Thanksgiving. It’s important to see who has what deals and where we will be hitting first. For my family, this begins and ends with the snail mail flyers we get in the mail earlier in the week. There isn’t much in this world better than getting that big old flyer in the mail and combing through it page by page for the best deals. Even this year, there is nothing that I really need or want, but you can bet that I am still going shopping. Even if I don’t get anything, people watching the crazies that lose their minds over the deals is fun enough.
Those are my top 6 things from Thanksgiving that I am looking forward to. I want to also wish anyone who is reading this a very happy Thanksgiving and hope that it is filled with food, family, and of course football.