It’s Lj tradition that every year on the morning after Thanksgiving we Lj’s fling ourselves into our car and race at breakneck speed to downtown Seattle to see the Macy’s Parade. We are always late. Always. One would think that after all these years, after all the traffic jams, after all the silent tension that fills the car year after year as we circle the block looking for parking – ANY parking – and oh my gosh there it is there they are the parade us right there PARK ALREADY – that we would get our rears on the freeway in time to secure a posh spot front and center. But we don’t. This year I just bought in and went with it. We’re late every year and every year we see enough of the parade to have our fill and see Santa. The kids are always excited to stand outside and shiver in wait for the merry man, they never complain that we’ve missed anything. So late or not, it doesn’t matter; it’s always one of my favorite days. My favorite traditions.


This year our kids stood side by side, hands waving, giving fives to anyone who walked by. It seems our kids have this parade thing down by now. They collected candy canes, Frangos and taffy by the handfuls.


My handsome husband… He is what I am most thankful for in this world. First, he’s a babe. A mega babe and the beard just makes him more babelicious and kind of Santa like, all friendly-ish. Anyhow, I’m smitten with it, with him. Everything good comes from him, with him. This family, this house, our happiness, it all stems from knowing and loving him, and oh my I am grateful. He took this of himself to prove he was at the parade too.

And with that, so begins the Christmas season. By the weekend’s end we’ll have our halls decked and our tree decorated. Soon our elves should make a return and before we know it Santa will make his visit. It’s all so delicious, so exciting with a four and nine year old at home. Christmas is magic, and the parade is our doorway to open the season! Tradition number one on our Lj Christmas Traditions list is checked off. Tomorrow? The Edmonds Christmas Tree Lighting!


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Tradition: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade


Gigi Said

  • Topless Tapas 2012-11-03 18:44:52-

    Tami was leaving to go out with her friend and the kids begged to go with her. I said, "you don't want to go with mom, she is going to the Tapas bar and we are going to stay here and play games."

    Gigi stiffened, "That's weird", she said as she blushed. I processed fast and realized the problem. "TAPAS bar. It means 'small plate', not TOPLESS bar!"

Jude Said

  • Nicknames 2013-01-04 21:30:33-

    The checker at the store asked our always conversational little boy what his name was. He replied "Jude" then added "but sometimes they call me pumpkin brown". LOL.

    And they are right. We call him that after the folksong that we sing sometimes.

A long time ago…