By Anessa V. Cohen

 Somehow, here we are just before Thanksgiving weekend once again, after a long and debilitating year of presidential electioneering and media analysis ad nauseam. Now we have a new incoming president and first family, gridlock on 5th Ave, and, of course, fashion designers vying for the honor of having their signature designs picked for the numerous presidential inaugural parties where they can be seen and gawked at by all.

After the tumult of all of the above, it’s time for an old-fashioned American Thanksgiving, with family and friends and all the time-honored favorites–turkey, stuffing, loads of side dishes, cranberry relishes, pumpkin pie, lemon meringue pie, apple pie, and plenty of good wine. Wow, my mouth is watering already! I can’t wait to catch up with everyone and just have a plain old good time.

When I was a kid, dinner was usually at my aunt’s house in New Jersey, and half of Thanksgiving Day was spent sitting in traffic trying to get there (which on a non-holiday would take under an hour). And at night, after we rolled out of there as big and full as the stuffed turkey before we ate it, we would be stuck in traffic on the way home. If the family member hosting Thanksgiving dinner that year happened to live nearby, we sure felt lucky!

I don’t know why, but as soon as we would get home at night after a scrumptious meal, we were always hungry and ready to eat all over again! The house with the leftovers was definitely the best place to be at the end of the day. I think this is the reason I tend to volunteer to host Thanksgiving dinner at my home each year; the leftovers are a delight and take me right through the entire weekend, long after Thanksgiving dinner is over.

I started a new tradition during the dinner in my home. Although we have one TV on the whole time with the games that the guys want to keep track of, the big TV in the den is reserved for handpicked movie marathons for the kids (and those who are kids at heart). This has now become a time-honored event, and the discussions on what movies are going to be played for this marathon are vetted by child lobbyists who all want to make sure the movies they like are going to be considered before all others. Needless to say, these discussions begin after Sukkot and are changed and re-voted on regularly until a few days before Thanksgiving.

The week of Thanksgiving is usually bone-chillingly cold. The suddenly falling temperatures somehow appear specifically for the week or just the day of Thanksgiving, only to rise several days later. Or sometimes the temperature is decent, but ferocious winds make it seem like the wind chill brings the temperatures down to below zero.

Either way, cold never stands in the way of the legendary Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and I encourage you all to do your best to get to this parade at least once in a lifetime, since the experience of this parade is really special–and not the same as watching it on TV.

I wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving to relax and enjoy your families and friends. Relish this day on which no matter what religion you practice (or don’t practice), everyone celebrates being grateful to be American! v

Anessa Cohen lives in Cedarhurst and is a licensed real-estate broker and a licensed N.Y.S. mortgage broker with over 20 years of experience, offering full-service residential and commercial real-estate services (Anessa V Cohen Realty) and mortgaging services (FM Home Loans) in the Five Towns and throughout the tri-state area. She can be reached at 516-569-5007 or via her website, Readers are encouraged to send questions or comments to

Anessa Cohen lives in Cedarhurst and is a Licensed Real Estate Broker (Anessa V Cohen Realty) and Licensed N.Y.S. Loan Officer (FM HOME LOANS) with over 20 years of experience offering residential, commercial and management real estate services as well as mortgage services. You are invited to visit her website at WWW.AVCREALTY.COM . She can be reached at 516-569-5007 or Readers are encouraged to send any questions or comments by email to

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