With all of that to be thankful for (plus so much more that it makes my mind boggle), you’d think I’d be all smiles this Thanksgiving. Like, “Pass the yams, y’all, it’s my favorite day of the year!” But yeah. Not so much.
Here’s the thing. Growing up in Los Angeles, I’d get up super early every Thanksgiving to watch watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with my sister. We were usually in our pajamas up in the mountains at my parents’ cabin (and when I say cabin, I mean shack–you could cook on the stove, wash dishes, get stuff from the fridge, and open the front door without ever leaving the kitchen table). It was always freezing cold and we were tired, but getting out of bed was worth it, because we couldn’t wait to see our favorite bands performing live on the parade route in New York City. The year the New Kids on the Block were in the parade, my mom thought Melissa and I had gotten into a fight because I started crying so hard. Yes. I was that much of a dork.
Here’s video of their performance–it’s crappy quality, but our reception up in the mountains was pretty bad, so it’s basically like you’re watching it right there with me.
Anyway. Flash forward a whole bunch of years to right now. The tiny young moppet has grown up (a bit) and lives in New York City–exactly the place where the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade happens! I’ve been thinking about going to see the parade for years, but there hasn’t been a performer that I was excited enough to see to make it worth all the waiting around in the cold (some people actually camp out, you guys!). Finally, this year, it’s happening: One Direction are going to perform live in the parade. Harry, Zayn, Liam, Niall, and Louis! All of them! In my town, in my parade! What if they’re even on Santa’s float or something? I will so freak out. Yes. I’m still that much of a dork.
But instead of lining up on the sidewalk in all my warmest clothes, I’ll be an hour away, with that awesomesauce boyfriend I mentioned earlier, hanging out with his family, and prepping to feast on a ton of goodies. Am I a total brat for being upset about missing my chance to see 1D in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? Of course. Does knowing that make me feel any less grinchy? Nope.
I know it’ll be an amazing Thanksgiving, and in the end, I know I’ll be way more thankful to be with the people I love than to be standing among strangers on 5th Avenue, but I’m just really hoping my boyfriend’s mom is okay with me parking myself in front of the TV for a little while on Thursday morning. I have a feeling my sister will be doing the same thing out in California, singing along to One Direction and waiting for a big old serving of pie.
What are your Thanksgiving traditions? Do you always watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? Do you and your family do something else? Tell us in the comments!