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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving and Our Obsession with Balloons

Now don't get me wrong....I'm all thankful today, but I can't help pointing out that Thanksgiving is like the high holy day for balloon lovers. I'm talking about the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade! It's even on TV! And Miss America is in it too! But it's about the balloons...big big big balloons of spiderman, spongebob, and every thing that makes America fun!

Historically, Thanksgiving is about Europeans who came to this land and ate turkey with the natives to celebrate and give thanks for a good harvest.

More recent American History shows us it's really about balloons! Gloriously big balloons! So here is a reminder of all our balloon obsessions and how Thanksgiving is the culmination of our balloon love:

Gift giving: Graduation, valentines day, having a baby, on and on we could list all the times we've given or received balloons with clever pictures and sayings on them.

Sick in the hospital: I never understood this one....but people in hospital beds get a lot of "get well balloons."

Hot air balloon rides: Who doesn't want to ride in a balloon! Fun!

Parties: When did you go to a party where there weren't any balloons???

Meteorology/medical equipment/military: It's true! Balloons are practical too!

Michael Faraday invented the balloon in 1824. He should get an honorary Nobel Peace Prize!

I love water balloon fights and the creepy clowns who twist balloons into animals! And don't forget the "balloon boy scandal!"

Enjoy the parade and Happy Thanksgiving everyone!