Our favorite Thanksgiving traditions

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Go to Mass

There is no better opportunity to give thanks for all the blessings of the past year than going to Mass with your family. On a day so focused on thanks, it is only fitting that we should give praise to the one who is most deserving of it. 

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Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Marching bands, floats, oversized balloons — what better way to spend the morning of Thanksgiving Day than by watching the parade? Whether you live close enough to go see it in person or you prefer to watch it on TV, this is one tradition that’s fun for the whole family. 

Spiderman balloon is flown at the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. Photo: RightFramePhotoVideo

Enjoy game day

It’s hard to mention Thanksgiving without having someone bring up football. Even if your favorite NFL team isn’t scheduled to play a big game, go see the local high school play. Better yet, capitalize on family time by playing a friendly pickup game together.

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Stay at the table

 Take advantage of the time at the table. Don’t rush through the meal, but enjoy the feast. Save room for seconds, and while you wait for dessert and coffee, share what you are thankful for this year. 

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Spend time with family

More important than all the food, football, and floats are our family and friends. Make sure to cherish the time you spend together on this day of heartfelt thanksgiving. And don’t wait until next Thanksgiving before you all get together again.  

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