It has always been a tradition in our family to watch Philadelphia's big Thanksgiving Day Parade every Thanksgiving morning. Despite the fact that attending the parade in person would just require a quick train ride into the city, we watch it on tv. While there are plenty of parade attending people in this world, we do not fall into that category.
For as long as I can remember, the parade was called the Boscov's Thanksgiving Day Parade. But a few years ago the Grinch who stole
Christmas Thanksgiving came a few months early and in the form of chapter 11 bankruptcy, and now we have the Ikea Thanksgiving Day Parade. I'm sorry to report that the parade took a major nosedive to the south this year, and I can't help but blame it on Ikea.
When Boscov's was the major corporate sponsor, there were marching bands and Christmas songs and jolly elves aplenty. And now that Ikea is the sponsor, it seems that all they can come up with are lots of big blue and yellow flags and pop singers that no one has ever heard of singing songs that, coincidentally, no one has ever heard of. To be fair, my dad said that the blue and yellow flags were actually the city flags, and I'm sure he is right, but don't you think I'm oblivious to the fact that Ikea's signature colors are indeed blue and yellow. I smell a conspiracy in the form of Swedish self-assembly furniture.
So anyway, we were watching Siobhan Magnus (see what I mean? WHO IS SHE??) belt out a song that was certainly not a Christmas song, and what looked like snow started falling all around her. I figured it was fake snow, since who knows what dirty tricks Ikea has up their sleevs and the meteorologists had not mentioned anything about snow in their forecast for a perfectly lovely Thanksgiving morning of clouds and freezing rain. However, a few minutes later snow started falling in our neighborhood too.