Katie: A Barney-Free Thanksgiving

(AP)

Hi,

Happy Thanksgiving!

For the first time in 14 years, I will not be guiding viewers through the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The thought of not seeing Barney or Garfield up close and personal and conveying how many metric tons of helium were used in the various balloons makes me, well, well up just a bit.

Actually, it will be nice to watch the parade in my pajamas from the comfort of my home. While it's a tradition that was fun to be a part of, all good things must come to an end. But every Thanksgiving during those years, I had a blast because the people at Macy's are always terrific. The crew is wonderful, and Matt and Al and I had a ball off-camera — I'll save that for another post. It's no wonder our various comments about balloons were appropriately censored.

I can't believe tomorrow I'm not going to say, "Look, there's Barney, he's Super-De-Dooper!"