It Took My Kids Having Kids To Figure Out My Secret
November 24, 2021 8:50am CST
Let me preface this by saying that the New York Macys' Day Parade is a huge parade, hours long and Santa arriving is the highlight. Back in the day when my children were young I would host Thanksgiving. We had a houseful of family and friends and it was a wonderful time. I had a very small kitchen so trying to prepare, cook and get everything ready for the feast was a challenge. Plus having rambunctious kids didn't help. One year I put the parade on the tv and told my kids to sit and watch for Santa. Once Santa came they would get Christmas. Well, it worked. Every year after that my kids would stay out of the kitchen waiting and watching for Santa to arrive at the parade. Once they saw him they would jump for joy that they would get Christmas. Year after year even into adulthood my kids would faithfully watch the parade and it became a family joke and tradition that once they saw Santa they would get Christmas. This tradition carried over into their own families and finally one year it dawned on one of my kids (can't remember which one) that Santa came at the end of the parade!!! It was a lightbulb moment for them when they realized that all those years they sat glued to the tv waiting for Santa and he never showed up until the end of the parade. I'm glad they didn't figure it out until all those years later because it kept them out of the kitchen while I was cooking. Yes I had a method to my madness
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I love it! We used to watch the parade just to see Santa arrive and know it was officially the Christmas season. I am wondering if it will happen this year, I sure could use the pick-me-up of seeing Santa arrive. It's been a sad year for me adjusting to being just me after loosing my husband. I remember as a child I would go in the kitchen and help Mom make the Thanksgiving dinner. I would mash the sweet potatoes and white potatoes, mix the fruit salad, and do whatever else Mom needed me to do. It served me well because when I turned 13 I made the dinner myself and it turned out perfectly (even better than Mom's...the turkey wasn't as dry. I basted it like crazy like I had read to do.) I didn't realize it, but Macy's never let a person dress up as Santa and pose as him except for at the end of the parade. There were a lot of "Somewhat" Santa's, but not the whole Santa!!! Pretty spiffy on Macy's part! Have a very very Happy Thanksgiving and a Wonderful Christmas. If you see Santa, please sit on his lap and tell him I'm kind of lonely without my Bill (he passed a year ago June) and could he send me someone to keep me company?
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@BearArtistLady (3742) I'm so sorry to hear about your husband Bill. I will certainly ask Santa to send you someone to ease your loneliness. It's nice to know that someone else used to watch the parade and wait for Santa. Yes it was the official start to the Christmas season. Such good memories. I still like to watch the parade and glad that it's on tv. Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving and Christmas too.