I am beyond thankful for Thanksgiving and the traditions that it holds near and dear to my heart. It is my absolute favorite holiday and made special to me by my Papa. His birthday is the 25th, the day before Thanksgiving. I will definitely be celebrating like I do every year, with him in memory.

These traditions have been going since I was a wee one and I have the honor and privilege to share them with my son, Eddie. For those of you who don’t know, Eddie is named after my Papa, Eddie Gene Barnett. Again, the man meant the whole world to me. Let’s start off at one of the most exciting parts of the day… The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will still go on this year, but will be  'reimagined'

Good ol’ Tom Turkey. The parade was established in 1924 and has been a tradition for generations. I am so happy that this is one in our lifetime. We turn it on at 9am and watch eagerly to the end to wave at Santa Claus.

Photos: Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC | KOMO

Every time he looks into the camera to wink and touch his nose, silent tears stream down my face thinking about my Papa. He would be clapping, waving, and yelling, “Hi Santa! Betsy has been good this year!” His cheerful laugh that was so contagious would rumble from the depths of his belly and make the room overflow with happiness. Eddie has that same laugh and it is absolutely beautiful, it brings tears to my eyes when he gets going.

At 12 noon the next great thing comes promptly on, The National Dog Show.

This picture seemed appropriate as I have been a husky owner for quite some time. What a beautiful specimen. Every year I cheer on the Husky, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, and Dalmatian. Those four purebreds are my absolute favorite. While that is running in the background we are putting together horderves and casseroles. The mouth-watering scent hovering heavily in the air. That alone could put you into a food coma. My signature dish is the green bean casserole. I doctor that baby up and it is always a favorite side.

This year we are holding the festivities at my sister’s house since it is their first year in it. I am so excited to spend the day over there with her and our family. Not to mention, it’ll be Patrick’s first holiday spending it with the family. So much excitement to be had.

Traditions are such a beautiful and special memories to hold and carry on throughout our lives. I can’t wait to make new traditions with my love and son as well. I am so thankful life has only been becoming more positive and worth it.

November 11th, 2020 Gratitude Scripture:

“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!” -Psalm 107:1

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