The Thanksgiving holiday break means my kids will be home from school for four days. We'll have no problem keeping everyone occupied on Thanksgiving Day. But by day three or four of the long weekend, I think everyone will be ready to get out of the house.

Depending on how hard we get hit by the snow storm that's in the forecast, we'll probably attend one, or both, of the area holiday parades.

Downtown Billings: It's the 35th anniversary of the Downtown Billings Alliance Holiday Parade. The parade is Friday night at 7:00 p.m. along the normal downtown parade route. The theme this year is "Let It Snow" which, honestly, could be an issue if we get a ton of snow. This event is always a lot of fun and numerous downtown businesses will be open late for festive holiday shopping, hot drinks or to grab a bite to eat.

Laurel: The 34th Annual Christmas To Remember celebration is happening on Sunday Dec 1, with events starting at 10 a.m. with a craft show and bazaar at the Laurel Middle School. The parade starts at 5:15 p.m. along Main street downtown, with Santa's arrival and fireworks wrapping things up.