Thanksgiving is a magical holiday in that, no matter who you are, if you live in the United States of America, you will be celebrating it. Instead of identifying certain events in Washington, D.C. to attend in the following days up to Thanksgiving, I decided to identify the major Thanksgiving traditions every OJBG fan can participate in, regardless of where they live.
*Editor’s Note: The writer apologizes for the tardiness of this blog post. She has been enjoying her own pre-Thanksgiving family time in New Jersey. Happy Thanksgiving to every single one of the OJBG fans!
1. The Thanksgiving Day Football Game
Gather up all of the football lovers in the house and turn on the Thanksgiving football game. Break out the stuffing and have yourselves a ball while enjoying some traditional football on the most traditional day in the United States.
2. Presidential Turkey Pardon
Every year, the President spares the life of one of the thousands of ill-fated turkeys across the country. It’s a comical reminder that all of us deserve a second chance every now and then.
3. Black Friday
Ah the blessed event for all credit card companies: Black Friday. The procedures are simple: wake up at the crack of dawn, head on over to your favorite department store/electronics megaplex and purchase a plasma screen TV or laptop for significantly lower the price. It’s a post-Thanksgiving food coma tradition and everyone can experience it, regardless of the state you live in.
4. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Macy’s has been putting on the Thanksgiving Day Parade for 85 years now and each year, it only gets more thrilling with new balloons, performances, and floats. I have been lucky enough to see it not only on the television, but also up close and personal on the streets of New York City. If you have the opportunity to get to New York City for the morning of the parade, I highly suggest you experience it once in your life. However, sometimes, it is better to cozy up on the couch with your knuckle-head brother while your mom is putting the turkey in the oven and watch the parade in complete warmth and comfort rather than getting pushed and shoved in 30 degree weather trying to see the floats.
5. Being Thankful
With the new year quickly approaching and the holiday festivities upon us, it is most important to remember what each of us are individually thankful for. Whether it has a been a particularly tough year or a year of opportunity and accomplishment, Thanksgiving and the months that follow it are excellent times to truly reflect on the year and realize all that has happened and all that you have to be thankful for.