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My nephew and I waiting for the parade to begin! I still had one King's Hawaiian roll in each pocket at this point.

As I look back on this past Thanksgiving celebration, I not only fondly relive the numerous delicious dishes that I consumed but also remember those things for which I am most thankful this year.  First and foremost is my family - I am extremely close to my parents, sister and extended family.  Growing up and to this day, my family considers food and mealtimes as events to celebrate, gather, and spread the love - so of course Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays!  This year was especially memorable because I took my 3-year old nephew to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!

This float was very popular with my family - we love baked goods!

As a novice parade-goer myself, I didn't realize that attending the parade requires you to get up super early!  Of course, my nephew's grandparents (my parents) wanted us to have a good breakfast before braving the cold.  Unfortunately, my nephew has a severe nut allergy - especially to peanuts but also hazelnuts, walnuts, cashews and many other tree nuts.  Growing up in a family that ate anything and everything, discovering my nephew's allergy was a big dismay to our family.  However, over the last few years, we have been able to find delicious and nutritious nut-safe food options - including King's Hawaiian Original Hawaiian Sweet Dinner Rolls!  The friendly size and sweet flavor of the rolls has made them a constant favorite for my nephew, a notoriously picky eater.

While my family included the King's Hawaiian rolls in our breakfast spread primarily for my nephew to eat for Thanksgiving breakfast (topped with my family's favorite - butter and sugar!), I'm glad we had extra.  Adults and children alike were snacking on them - I even had one in each coat pocket as I watched the Macy's parade!

Thanks to a hearty breakfast, we were able to stay until the end of the parade and welcome Santa to NYC!

In the end, as with the case with the rolls, I enjoyed the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade as much as my nephew did.  We are thinking of making it an annual tradition, and I know that King's Hawaiian nut-safe products will continue to be part of that tradition as well!