I hope everyone is enjoying their food-coma-hangover and wasn’t too crazed with Black Friday madness today!!
This was the 2nd year in a row that I’ve been on the West Coast for Thanksgiving, while my family is on the East Coast. I’m not necessarily attributing my horrible 24hour stomach bug last year on Thanksgiving solely on the fact that I cooked a giant Thanksgiving feast for myself last year…but my brain considers it enough of a coincidence that some tradition finagling went on this year.
Like every year though, the morning started off with The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. I feel like this is probably a parade best saved for TV (vs the Rose Parade that I want to see in person) because of the ginormous floats. This is also how I stay current on the Broadway slate — since the NBC telecast spends much of the first hour showcasing musical numbers in front of Macy’s. Did anyone else see that John Lassister was one of the balloon wranglers for the Buzz balloon this year? So cool!
Another tradition I have is that Thanksgiving is the official start of Christmas movies/music. And the best way to start that off is with a viewing of Miracle on 34th Street! After a couple of years absent from TV (thanks, American Dog Show…) both the 1947 AND the 1994 versions were on yesterday. This Christmas movie is a great jumping off point because the movie itself starts on Thanksgiving at the Macy’s Day Parade, and then goes all the way up to Christmas. I’m partial to the 1947 version, but the 1994 version is pretty good as far as remakes go. It’s also just really hard for me to dislike a Christmas movie.
Dinner this year was the Big. Change. as far as traditions go…
I went to the Grand Californian hotel at Disneyland for a delicious Thanksgiving feast! Granted, there aren’t leftovers for days (the only time of year that I really do a lot of leftovers, actually) but there was SO.MUCH.FOOD. and tons of people and even a Disney Channel starlet spotting that was pretty cool. All the desert were adorably miniature and I left with so much food in my stomach that I wasn’t even cold for a good 5-10 minutes 😉
I’m thankful for a lot this year — it’s been busy and fun and I’m seeing my family soon! and one of the things I’m thankful for is definitely the opportunity to take part in a little Holiday Magic at one of my favorite places.
Today I got to sleep in (!!) and after a slowish morning decided to head out and brave the Black Friday crowds to get a couple of things on the ol’ Christmas List. Luckily heading out at around 2 meant that I bypassed most of the people who’d been up since 4 AM (or earlier…eek!)
I hope everyone else had a great holiday too, and is now blaring Christmas music to their hearts content, officially judgement-free. I know I am!