From the girls here at Seven Minutes in Heaven, have a fabulous Thanksgiving!
Earlier this week, we shared Jem’s favorite Thanksgiving tradition, so today, I thought I’d share mine! It is, without a doubt, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. This spectacle of sight and sound has come to me through my television screen every Thanksgiving morning for as long as I can remember. I have watched it without fail every single year since I was probably 5 years old. I even set an alarm to make sure I wake up in time so I can catch the entire broadcast. It signifies to me the beginning of the holiday season, and makes me feel happy and optimistic no matter what is happening in my life at the time.
My love for the parade most certainly developed because of my childhood obsession with the Radio City Rockettes. As soon as I was old enough to figure out I couldn’t grow up to be a pony, I decided I wanted to be a Rockette. This dream was quickly shattered when I stopped growing at 5’2″ at 12 years old and I realized that the 6 feet tall Rockettes could high-kick right over my head. Oh well, they are still absolutely magical. Their synchronicity is unsurpassed- and those outfits! When they wear their Christmas outfits in the parade, it looks like they just busted out of a snow globe at the North Pole! Where do you think Mariah Carey got the idea?
The Rockettes really are the embodiment of the glamour of New York City. Their giant smiles and perfectly coiffed hair, their long legs, and the way they seem oblivious to their beauty is just so innocent and refreshing in a time when everything has to be outrageous or shocking to get attention.
I would guess that part of the parade that most people really enjoy would have to be the giant balloons! They’ve had countless different characters since 1927 when the balloons replaced the live animals that they would borrow from the Central Park Zoo. Mickey Mouse, Garfield, Big Bird, Sponge Bob Square Pants– You basically aren’t a successful cartoon character until you’ve made an appearance at the Macy’s Parade!
I wish I could have seen the parade during 1962-1972, when it was hosted by Betty White and Lorne Greene (of Bonanza fame). I guess I’ll make do with Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie. The most exciting thing for me is that this time next year, I will (finally) be a resident of New York City, and I will most definitely be as close to Herald Square as I can possibly get when that parade comes marching down from the Upper West Side! I’ll be fighting for my spot with my thermos of hot coffee and lots of warm layers for my view of this glorious occasion in the most-loved city on the planet… New York!!
I don’t know about you guys, but I love starting my own traditions. Whether it be to have week-long birthday celebrations, getting a new tattoo with my best friend for each of our birthdays per year, or saving a special dress to wear once each year.
This post is in dedication to one of those traditions. ‘My Thanksgiving Dress”. Here is the story :
So I started my own Thanksgiving tradition three years ago when I first moved to Minneapolis.
I had this particular dress in my closet that, to me, didn’t feel like it fit into any other season or occasion so I hardly wore it. The only time it seemed proper was for a holiday meal, and since I don’t celebrate x-mas that was out. Leaving only one other Fall holiday – Thanksgiving!
I can’t pin-point when and where I purchased this dress, but I think I got it from this store in Jacksonville, FLA in riverside for on the cheap! It is thrifted but, someone hand-made this dress. I always hope that it was some sort of bridesmaid dress or another lovely event such as that. Whenever I come upon handmade dresses at thrift stores I almost always pick them up if they are in my size the quality is always great and it is a great treasure. I have some of my handmade things out in the thrifted world as well and I hope someone found it and loved it as much as I did when I made it.
This was the first year I wore it, but the second year that I spent in Minneapolis for Thanksgiving, both times were magical. This year all of us were vegetarians so there was no turkey but we found some delicious substitutes for it instead.
The 2nd year I went to South Dakota for thanksgiving. This was my first time ever in South Dakota and everything about this Thanksgiving was completely different from any other Thanksgiving before. Their extended family was so large that they had their thanksgiving in an elementary school cafeteria. I was the only vegetarian, and the family was so sweet to accommodate me, but I have learned to adjust to eating only just side-dishes from growing up in my family.
The 3rd year‘s Thanksgiving was my smallest one ever. Just my best friend, Ben and I here in New York to celebrate in our tiny little apartment. I made my first Tofurky roast from their ‘feast’ meal you can get at the store. Everything was very yummy and I was happy to eat all the leftovers.
For the 4th year of my Thanksgiving Dress we went all out. It was my 2nd year in NY and I moved in with a good friend of mine from High School. We made a massive feast had some of our closest friends over, and I made some very potent Pumpkin Pie Milkshakes. As you can see we got a little rowdy and by the end of the party my poor little Thanksgiving Dress got ruined! But it was okay it was worth it.
Last Year’s Thanksgiving Dress was a switch up. Obviously I could only wear something else that was Vintage, and suited the holiday. So I chose this white knit sweater dress by ‘Dress Du Jour’ made in Korea. I couldn’t find any information on it. But I just loved the traditional aspects to it, while it also had the bomb-shell / wiggle-dress to it, plus it was sweater-like to keep me warm in this weather!
I will be wearing it again this year, and add it to the tradition of my Thanksgiving Dress!
Do you guys have any holiday traditions like this? I know some people all wear matching sweaters for holidays, maybe you could start your own ‘hat-wearing’ tradition? Everyone has to wear a hat with a bird on it!
Well, it’s an idea – isn’t it?
For a lifelong Floridian, the concept of “fall fashion” and all of the excitement surrounding it has been mostly a lost cause for me. In Florida, our 4 seasons consist of Summer, Summer II, Hell, and Ice Rain (aka January). For years, I’ve been so envious of the girls who get to wear chunky knits and wool knee socks in rich earth-tones. It just seems so warm and romantic to me! Fortunately, I’ll be a New Yorker soon. I’ll probably be a bit late for fall this year, but next year I will be decked out in cozy Autumn threads and drinking pumpkin spice lattes!
It’s super easy to get a great vintage look for Fall. Lots of trends from the 60s are very in this season. So if you’re lucky enough to live in a place that accommodates warm, cozy fashion, go ahead and deck yourself out in a swingy cape, colorful tights, and over-the-knee boots! If you can’t dig the cape, try a swing coat that’s the same length as your dress. So cute!
I’m also loving this vintage orange wiggle skirt. Paired with tall boots and a swing coat, it would make a great outfit for Thanksgiving dinner! What are your favorite Fall Fashion items? I can’t wait to have an actual Fall wardrobe next year!