Happy Thanksgiving!—2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Last year, on this site, I mentioned that my boys and I had started a bit of a tradition–for the last two years we would head down to the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade and watch it to the end. Even though it was cold last year, it was not all that difficult to convince them since Dunkin Donuts gives out free hot chocolate and donuts (with the latter being a particularly heavy draw for Sebastian.

I am not sure if two times constitutes a tradition, but nonetheless, this year we are breaking it. The three of us are in Michigan visiting my family for a few days, having left my wife at home (she is on call at the hospital).

It is certainly great to see the family again, and the boys are having fun reconnecting with their cousins. Today will be filled with the usual Thanksgiving staples: turkey, stuffing, and football. Lots and lots of football.

I will also be making my way through a few wine samples during the course of the day (I had them shipped here since, of course, they could not be sent to my home in the backward Commonwealth of Pennsylvania). The rest of my family? They will likely be hitting the Miller Lite rather hard, another family tradition. Come to think of it, it is pretty much an everyday tradition for them.

What are your Thanksgiving Day traditions?

Here are some photos from last year’s parade (we will be there in spirit!):


Sebastian and Nathan trying not to be cold.

Sebastian up on my shoulder.

Sebastian up on my shoulder, looking for Santa.

Finally, we got a glimpse of Santa and it was time to go home.

Finally, we got a glimpse of Santa and it was time to go home.

From 2012: My son meets one of his heros–a donut.


About the drunken cyclist

I have been an occasional cycling tour guide in Europe for the past 20 years, visiting most of the wine regions of France. Through this "job" I developed a love for wine and the stories that often accompany the pulling of a cork. I live in Houston with my lovely wife and two wonderful sons.
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18 Responses to Happy Thanksgiving!—2014

  1. chef mimi says:

    Great post. Adorable children! I’m actually not cooking for the first time. One daughter is visiting her husband’s family, and my other one just moved to NYC and is looking for a job. Even a simple Thanksgiving dinner takes hours. So I bought a pizza. It’s kind of nice. Hopefully everyone can visit, so I can bitch about all of the hours in the kitchen again…

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  2. What great pics, Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, the kids are adorable!! Isn’t a parade fun!! I live in NYC but have never been to the Macy’s parade.


  3. Adorable boys! Happy Thanksgiving Jeff – no traditions of any original significance to report on here – no Miller light, I might be drinking solo because my in laws and my parents are not drinkers and everyone else is in recovery. Here’s to your health!


  4. Dina says:

    Lovely boys and a great post!
    A very Happy Thanksgiving to you all, have a wonderful time!
    Dina & Co Xx


  5. Lignum Draco says:

    Have a great day.


  6. I am sure you will make it back to the parade in coming years to continue the tradition. Happy Thanksgiving!


  7. Great pictures. A friend of mine was a balloon holder this Thanksgiving in NYC. I was totally expecting to hear a balloon escaped but she made it through without incidence. We don’t have real traditions for Thanksgiving other than getting together, watching the football games, and of course drinking wine! Happy Thanksgiving!


  8. Miller Lite…no wonder you were always posting online about how you needed to start drinking so early…admittedly, I’d take that White Zin your sister wanted you to bring before a Miller Lite.


  9. Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you are enjoying the Michigan family gathering.

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