So, today’s Thanksgiving. Your chef has been preparing your grandmother’s chestnut stuffing since yesterday afternoon, and peering over his shoulder for hours on end has left you exhausted. But you can’t sleep in, not today! Some internal alarm clock has you up and out of bed by 8:30 in the morning, as is has since childhood. It’s the 85th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and those massive blow-up cartoon characters speak to you. Each year, you experience something of a spiritual reawakening when the giant turkey topped with a pilgrim hat comes rolling down Central Park West—the holiday season is finally here, and somehow that paltry poultry rings it in. You’ll be woozy once the Xanax kicks in (you don’t eat turkey, so you won’t have to worry about the tryptophan) and combined with six or seven glasses of red wine with dinner you’ll be down for the count by sunset. For now, curl up on your window seat and watch with wide-eyed wonder as uptown becomes a parade ground for one sweet morning.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; information and parade route available at http://www.macys.com/parade.