Thanksgiving 2013 will prove to be much different for many than any other in the past. Obviously one of the differences will be that this year could be one of the worst for traveling than in the past few years. The first big winter storm to hit the east side of the United States has caused considerable delays in travel, cancellations for some, and rescheduling for many.
Tradition for some families will be to attend the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade which has been connected with holiday celebrations since it inspired the story of "The Miracle on 34th Street" over 66 years ago. Those not attending will still be watching as they tune their televisions to see the first appearance of Santa for the Christmas season and the marking of the unofficial start of the Holiday season. This Thanksgiving might be different for all though as the prevailing winter winds brought to New York City by Winter Storm Boreas.
The weather conditions will be closely watched by officials and should winds remain strong the much loved flying balloons associated with the parade will be grounded. The only other time the balloons have been unable to fly were in 1971. That means that many younger generations of viewers have always seen Snoopy, Kermit, and Felix the Cat, which was the first balloon introduced in the parade in 1927, soaring in the sky along the route and through the streets lined with towering buildings. According to authorities, the balloons are filled and ready and a decision will be made at the last minute as to whether to allow the balloons to make an appearance. No one wants to disappoint the viewers or crowds but the winds could keep them from flying.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloons inspire many questions and Yahoo collected the most popular and submitted an article titled “Burning Question: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloons” that should not be missed and could if shared with the younger kids and young at heart gathered around the TV make the traditional event much more interesting. Another topic of interest may be “How Balloons are Chosen for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade” and there is an article to answer that question by the team at Mental Floss.
The oversized balloons floating in New York are not the only thing that could make this holiday different for some. Unfortunately there will be many that will have lost a loved one that will be missed around the table this year. Others may be spending the holiday alone without a spouse or other family member near. Some will have a family member overseas serving in the military and others may be ill and lying in a hospital or be without family near as they adjust to an assisted living facility. Many will be facing the holiday jobless or having lost their family home this year.
This Thanksgiving could be much different than any other for many and they should be remembered and checked on by the rest of us. If you know of someone that may be spending their Thanksgiving much different than last, we hope you’ll remember them and reach out if only with a call to say you’re thinking of them. Remember it is never too late to place an extra plate at the table, to plan a visit to someone, or offer to help a charitable organization feeding those in need of a warm meal. Make it a Thanksgiving much different than any other by offering more of yourself today and in the days ahead so that your kindness will make a life more thankful.
We extend a heartfelt Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours from the CAISO Steeldrum Band and families.