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I hope everyone is enjoying today with friends and family.

I am spending time with Martha and Alexis Stewart here in New York City.

One of  the biggest events each year in the city is the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

For those lucky enough to live along the parade route (from the Upper West Side to the corner of 34th Street and Broadway (in front of Macy's), it's a holiday tradition to watch the incredible giant floats and performers as they glide along. And for those in the know, the tradition of watching the gigantic balloons being blown up is just as exciting.

Take a look at just such a family -- The Millhisers -- featured in Martha Stewart Living.

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The balloons, between five and six-stories tall, are inflated the night before the parade, which was first held in 1924.

1 The balloons, between five and six-stories tall, are inflated the night before the parade, which was first held in 1924.

Nick and Lilli Millhiser have been going to the parade since they were very young.

2 Nick and Lilli Millhiser have been going to the parade since they were very young.

Ginny Millhiser cuts brussels sprouts in her kitchen on Thanksgiving morning.

3 Ginny Millhiser cuts brussels sprouts in her kitchen on Thanksgiving morning.

Arthur, from the books and television series, joined the parade; he will stand sixty-eight feel tall.

4 Arthur, from the books and television series, joined the parade; he will stand sixty-eight feel tall.

Petula Pig was a new addition in the 1997 parade.

5 Petula Pig was a new addition in the 1997 parade.

The Millhisers' guests can see the balloons from the apartment windows.

6 The Millhisers' guests can see the balloons from the apartment windows.

A centerpiece of amaryllis surrounded by artichokes and gourds.

7 A centerpiece of amaryllis surrounded by artichokes and gourds.

Each place card is embossed with a turkey.

8 Each place card is embossed with a turkey.

Tim Millhiser works on his stuffing of sourdough bread and corn bread.

9 Tim Millhiser works on his stuffing of sourdough bread and corn bread.

Big Bird gets ready to fly.

10 Big Bird gets ready to fly.

The mushroom soup is served in antique glass bowls on plates that belonged to Ginny's grandmother.

11 The mushroom soup is served in antique glass bowls on plates that belonged to Ginny's grandmother.

Nick sits next to Sherry Baker, a family friend.

12 Nick sits next to Sherry Baker, a family friend.

Set on top of a Chinese-checkers game board are savory cheddar-cheese shortbread, made from a recipe used by Tim's grandmother.

13 Set on top of a Chinese-checkers game board are savory cheddar-cheese shortbread, made from a recipe used by Tim's grandmother.

The turkey stuffed with corn bread and sourdough bread, is served on a platter surrounded by green grapes and bay leaves; in the last half hour of cooking, it is glazed several times with a mixture of ginger, maple syrup and butter.

14 The turkey stuffed with corn bread and sourdough bread, is served on a platter surrounded by green grapes and bay leaves; in the last half hour of cooking, it is glazed several times with a mixture of ginger, maple syrup and butter.

The side dishes include baked sweet potatoes and pecans, roasted-garlic mashed potatoes, and chunky apple-cranberry sauce.

15 The side dishes include baked sweet potatoes and pecans, roasted-garlic mashed potatoes, and chunky apple-cranberry sauce.

Riesling gravy with red and green seedless grapes, pumpkin gratin, and caramelized chestnuts and brussels sprouts.

16 Riesling gravy with red and green seedless grapes, pumpkin gratin, and caramelized chestnuts and brussels sprouts.

The Millhiser family and friends toast the day, from left to right; Gary Baker, Nick, Sherry Baker, Tim, Melanie Roher, Lilli, Michael Rauch, and Ginny.

17 The Millhiser family and friends toast the day, from left to right; Gary Baker, Nick, Sherry Baker, Tim, Melanie Roher, Lilli, Michael Rauch, and Ginny.

Each plate is filled with turkey and side dishes, then garnished with grapes from the turkey platter.

18 Each plate is filled with turkey and side dishes, then garnished with grapes from the turkey platter.

Served for dessert is pomegranate and apple-cider sorbet; pomegranate seeds, in the bowl are sprinkled on each portion.

19 Served for dessert is pomegranate and apple-cider sorbet; pomegranate seeds, in the bowl are sprinkled on each portion.

Orange calla lilies decorate the dessert table.

20 Orange calla lilies decorate the dessert table.

Tim pours dessert wine for Ginny.

21 Tim pours dessert wine for Ginny.

A wooden side table sits beneath an unsigned portrait that has been attributed to the artist Samuel F.B. Morse, who was also the inventor of the Morse code.

22 A wooden side table sits beneath an unsigned portrait that has been attributed to the artist Samuel F.B. Morse, who was also the inventor of the Morse code.

The apple pie, topped with vanilla ice cream, is served on plates from the 1889 Paris Exposition that the Millhisers bring out on special occasions.

23 The apple pie, topped with vanilla ice cream, is served on plates from the 1889 Paris Exposition that the Millhisers bring out on special occasions.

The Thanksgiving dessert buffet includes chocolate black-pepper icebox cookies, which Ginny is known for; a pumpkin cake with brown butter icing; and a green-market apple pie.

24 The Thanksgiving dessert buffet includes chocolate black-pepper icebox cookies, which Ginny is known for; a pumpkin cake with brown butter icing; and a green-market apple pie.

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The other tradition I have is revisiting the amazing photographs that have featured on the November covers of Martha Stewart Living.

Here are some to enjoy. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Comments (2)

  • Hi Kevin how lucky to spend it with two amazing ladies. Happy Thanksgiving to you from London! Enjoying my kids on this special day in a beautiful city lovely weather. Gorgeous decorations everywhere.
    Love November issue of Living amazing recipes. Got December issue on iPad amazing amazing!
    Wish u a great day.
    Regards,
    Rowaida

  • Happy Thanksgiving Kevin. Enjoy your day with Martha and Alexis!

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