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A day to reflect on our blessings, gather with family and enjoy parades, football and other special productions has arrived.

Happy Thanksgiving!

For our family, it’s time to enjoy the annual “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” “The National Dog Show” and more. It’s time to sit around in our PJs for a bit and prepare Thanksgiving dinner, eventually enjoy dinner and look to a busy weekend of “Nutcracker” rehearsals and performances.

Watching this year’s parade on NBC, we will look for the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes (a favorite) and Santa’s arrival at the parade’s conclusion. We will also look for our favorite snowman, Olaf, from Disney’s 2013 movie “Frozen.” The sweet little snowman who likes warm hugs debuts as one of the character balloons floating high above the parade route. Honestly, I think I’m more excited than the kiddos are about it! We love Olaf!

After the parade, a tradition that began three years ago on Thanksgiving Day will continue. Instead of Elf on the Shelf, my kiddos find Hide-and-Hug Olaf in the days and weeks leading up to Christmas Day. His excursions begin at noon Thanksgiving Day. A book that comes with Olaf features him asking for hugs. In order to give him one, however, you have to find him. Once the book is read, the kiddos set out to find him.

As Christmas Day approaches, Olaf appears in a variety of places — from a shirt pocket in a closet to a shelf in the kitchen. Much like the Elf, he’s usually up to something. On Christmas Day, he appears again near the Christmas tree — or in it with the Snowgies from Disney’s “Frozen Fever” as he did last Christmas!

May you and your loved ones have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving Day. Take stock of the people and things in your lives, and cherish the memories you have and make plenty of new ones!