Thanksgiving in New York

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There is something so absurd about the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade… the giant balloons, the cold, Richard Simmons riding a turtle…

And yet, it’s the absurdity that makes it all fun. I have to admit I was skeptical going in. I’m not a big fan of crowds… or the cold… or well, to be honest I kind of hate parades. Put all three together and you’re looking at my personal idea of hell. So waking up early to traipse out into the cold and the wind, just to stand for three hours and wait for a parade… no thank you. I’ll see everyone at dinner.

BUT — when you have a seven-year-old, and you really hope that it might be one of the most magical days of his little life, all of a sudden, even if you hate it all, it’s kind of hard to miss…

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So I went… into the crowds and the cold to wait for the absurdity to begin.

And well, for a while it felt a little bit like this…

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But then it all began.

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And I don’t know what it was… maybe delirium had set in as the numbness moved up from all of our feet to our heads. (Mark’s mom, who hadn’t brought a hat, eventually resorted to our plastic breakfast bag to try to hold it all in, whatever bit of heat was left. That clown up there is letting her know that it’s the most beautiful hat he’s ever seen.)

But as soon as it all began, I went from hating parades, to looking like this…

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… ย officially one of the most magical days of this seven-year-old’s life too.

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Despite the cold (and a two-hour wait in it to get off of Liberty Island… I’m not sure I’ll ever thaw out) the rest of the trip was just as good. We visited the Statue of Liberty, ate at some of our favorite spots, had an amazing Thanksgiving dinner at David Burke Kitchen and an even more amazing goodbye at Marea (naturally the really important part is the food), saw Spider Man fly, and appreciated the chance to spend the holiday together in this city we’ve all come to love.

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I can’t say I’ll be doing the whole stand-in-the-cold thing again anytime soon (we all agreed it was a once-in-a-generation thing) but who knows, maybe if we have another little seven-year-old one of these days we’ll have to make sure their Thanksgiving memories are magical too.

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12 Comments

  1. Posted December 2, 2013 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    What a wonderful adventure! I too would rather skip the cold and the crowds in favor of pjs and baking on Thanksgiving morning, but this looks positively magical!

  2. Posted December 2, 2013 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    Aw! How magical…

  3. Posted December 2, 2013 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    I’m so glad that you braved the cold to actually go see the parade! I would love to do it someday, with or without the seven year old ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s on my bucket list to spend the holidays in NYC too, so I’m so jealous! Glad you had fun my dear! xoxo

  4. Posted December 2, 2013 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    crowds are definitely not my thing either. maybe one day i’ll brave them for something like the macy’s thanksgiving day parade. maybe…

  5. Posted December 2, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    Awww, this looks like fun! I’ve never stood outside for the parade, but I do feel like it would be a fun once-in-a-lifetime thing ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Posted December 2, 2013 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    How lovely! I’m adoring your photos. I’d love to see the parade someday.

  7. Posted December 2, 2013 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, I’m glad that you had a fun time at the parade. I looove watching the parade in person, it’s such a magical rush of joy seeing the HUMONGUS floats flying by and all the amazing volunteers cheering the crowd in all kinds of crazy weather. All even better with hot cocoa in hand ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. Posted December 3, 2013 at 2:51 am | Permalink

    Lovely! you guys look so happy!! Adorable ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Kami
    Posted December 3, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    The hubby decided a few years back that watching the Macy’s parade on Thanksgiving morning is the thing to do, but so far getting the kids to sit down and watch has been by force. I guess living near New Orleans has made parade watching on television not an option. Seems like I have been affected as well….when I saw that Lindt chocolate float I was thinking….I’d only be impressed if they were throwing chocolate.

    • Laicie
      Posted December 4, 2013 at 8:39 am | Permalink

      Haha!! They definitely should’ve been throwing chocolate.

      We’ll watch some real parades in March. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. Posted December 3, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    This makes me so unbelievably happy. I love seeing pictures of you and your beautiful family!

    • Laicie
      Posted December 4, 2013 at 8:38 am | Permalink

      Aww thank you!! We had such a great time together for the holidays. ๐Ÿ™‚

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