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Gobble up Some Thanksgiving Traditions this Week

By Maria King
November 18, 2011; 10:39 AM

I know. I apologize. It was just that I wanted to jump into the Thanksgiving theme right away and few things have an immediate connection to Thanksgiving better than a turkey. I love Thanksgiving. I am sure that comes as no surprise to anyone. I mean, a holiday that is all about eating. I am such an advocate that I am wondering why I still haven't been invited to be the Grand Marshall at any of these parades?

Tradition is all about the constant. My memories of Thanksgiving were about great family get-togethers. Lots of terrific food for sure, but also lots of great family traditions. One of my favorites was my grandmother telling stories. As a child, I looked forward to that every year even though I had heard them all before. That's what the appeal is about this week's events as well. You have all seen Thanksgiving Holiday parades. No surprises there. Big balloons shaped like animals, marching bands, children's themed floats and of course Santa at the end. You don't care that it is the same, it is the reason you love them, for the constant. That's what makes a tradition. That's what makes them so special.

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So I invite those of you who celebrate each Thanksgiving with a parade or a football game, to continue that wonderful holiday activity. And I invite all of those who long for a great way to kick off the holiday season that doesn't require getting up at 4 a.m. to save $100 on the latest smart phone, to start a tradition this year. I have listed here some of the best loved Thanksgiving week parades. If it isn't possible for you to physically attend any, then I invite you to make a holiday tradition of watching one on TV. And remember that it's a blessing to have a family, no matter how crazy they can sometimes make you. Be sure to have loving memories to go with those times when you are together. Trust me on this one. From me to you and from my family to yours, our most sincere wishes for a very Happy Thanksgiving.

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