Well gang, it's time to again turn on Professor Pebody's "Way Back" Machine, and set the dial back to thanksgivings when I was a kid.
For us, or at least me, the Holiday was segmented into two parts.
Part 1… AM on TV, Watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, more specifically the toy add, many of which it was the first showing and of course the end when Santa in the Fire Truck arrived at Macy's and climbed up the ladder to take station in Toyland. That was it! The official start to the Christmas count down. Before the event, nothing, like trying to Trick-r-Treat before Halloween, after that moment ,All Christmas all the time. When the New York Macy's Parade was over we sometime would switch over to the Detroit Parade just to kill time.. The Detroit Parade didn't hold the fascination for us as we wen't familiar with the local Detroit media personalties, or the sponsoring local merchants. But I do remember it always seemed to be snowing there, of which we had seen none of since the winter before and they had more toy adds. Usually we would drift back to our rooms to entrain ourselves until the afternoons event.
Part 2 PM "the meal
I can remember Hot steamy windows, crowded tables. Turkey, always turkey. Filling/stuffing, Whipped Sweet potatoes with marshmallow topping. Mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and the contents from a can of cranberry sauce , laying on it;s side. Sliced for your convenience. ( I swear I was the only one who ate it). There was always deserts but I can' t remember anything past the pumpkin pie.
Here's a link to my Thanksgiving meal on Flickr/Vimeo .