Monday, November 2, 2009

A Thanksgiving Giveaway!

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It's the 2nd of November and only 3 weeks before Thanksgiving. Just in time for our next giveaway too! One of America's fondest Thanksgiving traditions is watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. As a child I still recall the excitement of seeing my favorite characters floating down the streets of New York City. Actually, I believe that excitement never dies for most of us! Which leads me to our giveaway item, a book published by LIFE titled "America's Parade". It captures this sentiment by exploring the origins of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade as it takes you on a historical journey into the heart of one of the world's largest and most anticipated annual events. It is packed with gorgeous, full page photos, which makes for a perfect coffee table book.

To enter the giveaway simply reply to this post with a favorite Thanksgiving memory or tradition in your family. Be sure to include your email address so that we may contact you in the event that you win (you may do it this way: name(at)yahoo(dot)com). A name will be drawn at random on November 9th and the winner contacted immediately. Good luck!!!

19 comments:

musiclove84 said...

My favorite Thanksgiving memory was when my mom kept cutting herself & breaking stuff just last Thanksgiving. She was so loopy that it made us laugh. Maybe this year she'll learn her lesson & let her kids help out a little more! :p

Kaypt said...

I was 10 and we had a giant snowstorm. Family from out of town couldn't come and family and friends who had planned to go elsewhere couldn't. So we had a full table of family and friends - just not the same people we planned on. My mother was always one to invite anyone who needed a place to be.
Kay

Erick said...

My favorite memories are from the 70s when I was a kid. Mom would make a big Thanksgiving dinner while my brother and I watched the parade. Dad would help mom with the meal. Then in the early afternoon we'd all sit at the table together and eat. Sometimes dad would hook up the small black and white TV and watch the football game while we were at the table. Good times.

Thanks for having this giveaway.
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Anonymous said...

jrsygrl71@yahoo.com
My favorite Thanksgiving memory is when I got my own house & was able to start having Thanksgiving in my home. Just the smell of the turkey cooking, the parade on TV & putting up my Christmas tree make me smile from ear to ear!

Jim I said...

First of all, I love your website. Great work!

As for Thanksgiving, one thing that's always gotten me (as long as I can remember) is that I have never been able to see the end of the Thanksgiving Day parade. My grandmother insists that dinner be at noon, which means travel time and all. So, I haven't seen Santa come through the parade in probably 20 years.

Second, my paternal grandmother (now gone nearly fifteen years) used to serve a buffett at Thanksgiving. We would have all kinds of homemade food, but she was big on nacho chips and french onion dip (which usually goes with potato chips). To this day I eat nachos and "chip dip" and think of her.

Drew said...

My favorite Thanksgiving memory was when I was a kid and waking up to the most wonderful smell in the world which was Thanksgiving dinner being prepared. My sister and I would watch the parade waiting for Santa to arrive and then enjoy a wonderful dinner. I hope my son has such wonderful memories of this great holiday

Anonymous said...

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My best memories growing up were the early smells that would awaken me on thanksgiving. MY mother would cook some pies real early in the A.M. Once I got up I would set down and watch her cutting up veggies to add to the stuffing. Then once the parade came on we would sit in front of the TV and eating pepperoni from a log and cheese with crackers. Sometimes drink a little sparkling grape juice as well to make it a fun morning. Once I got older and moved from home my mother ended up sick and in the hospital so I visited her and brought candles that smelled like fresh pies cooking to bring about the smell, then I had to bring the platter for the cheese, pepperoni and crackers to make her day a little better.

From Ike

Laura Lee said...

My favorite Thanksgiving tradition was going to Detroit's Thanksgiving parade. It used to be the Hudson's Parade. Eating "too many donuts" and bundling up in six layers of clothing. (And being cold anyway)

Anonymous said...

Our Thanksgiving tradition is my siblings & parents celebrate both Thanksgiving & Christmas w/a gift exchange on Thanksgiving Day. With 8 kids spread throughout the country, this is the 1 time of year most of us can get together.

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Nathan said...

I love to bake pumpkin bread before Thanksgiving day and enjoy it while watching the Macy's parade on Thanksgiving morning, then Charlie Brown and Garfield's Thanksgiving specials before and/or after dinner. I then like to go through the Black Friday ads, whether I am going to go out the next day or not, and that's when Christmas begins for me, ha.

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cdziuba said...

My favorite Thanksgiving memory is having dinner with everyone and then at dessert telling them I was pregnant! Talk about Thankful!


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Kelly said...

Oh, what an awesome book. I love the parade!

My favorite Thanksgiving memory is me sneaking away from the after-lunch cleanup process to get out the Christmas decorations and start decorating my grandparents' house. My grandpa would pretend to "bah humbug" about it, but I'd light some candles and put some Christmas records on their old record player and everyone would get into the festivity with me. I miss my grandpa and I miss Thanksgivings at their house!

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Sandra K321 said...

There was one Thanksgiving when I was a child when my uncle's father had died and all of the relatives came from Utah for the funeral. There was an early snow storm and none of the kids had seen snow before. We had fun having them visit because they were so amazed by the snow.
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cstironkat said...

We always watched the Macy's parade and then we would play the christmas records while we cooked the pies. My mom was always in charge of the pies for Thanksgiving. I still love to watch the parade.

Anonymous said...

I honestly have to say, I'm still trying to put together Thanksgiving Traditions. I'd love to say my family has some, but we don't.

Nycole
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Heather said...

One of my favorites was when my parents got a hotel room above the Macy's Day Parade and we got to watch it from our hotel room.
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Julie said...

One of my favorite Thanksgiving memory is the last Thanksgiving we celebrated with my dad before he passed away.

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Dauphyfan said...

I love every Thanksgiving. We celebrate my Dad's birthday during Thanksgiving since it falls on his day every 5 years or so. Poor guy never gets a cake, but gets a big slice of pumpkin pie and apple and cherry, and...I think you get the picture.

Speaking of pies, several years ago I made my first attempt at baking a lemon meringue pie. I misunderstood the recipe and ended up with perfect meringue floating atop a lemon soup. Not too handy in the kitchen, I had been trying so hard to impress my MIL since she is a whiz at everything she makes. I felt so bad and inferior to her. Well, she ended up overcooking her cherry pie and it was hard as a rock. We had a good laugh at our lack of culinary skills and dug into the pumpkin pie. It was the day I knew my MIL truly had accepted me in every way.

cpullum said...

has to be making the family recipe of Pecan Pie and football our Thanksgiving tradition!
Carla
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