By Jessica Shaw
Updated November 24, 2011 at 03:39 PM EST

There’s something about waking up Thanksgiving morning and knowing you’ll be gorging on turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie in a few hours. Some prepare for the hoover fest by working out, some spend time with their families, and others ignore everyone to watch the parade. That’s what I’m doing this year. Forget about having relatives visiting from across the country! I need to see NBC stars hawk their shows! Here’s what I’ve learned:

-Lauren Graham isn’t going to her 90-something year old grandmother’s for Thanksgiving even though Granny is cooking. Love you Lauren and I love Parenthood, but that’s not nice.

-Elle MacPherson has a funny understanding of the term “icons of the fashion industry.” She applied those words to the judges of her March NBC show: Nicole Richie, Jessica Simpson, and John Varvatos. I can live with Varvatos…but seriously? Jessica Simpson?

-The Sesame Street float never gets old. I love a Muppet who bundles up in a hat and scarf for the cold New York City fall weather.

-On the other hand, Hamburger Helper? Ocean Spray? Do I really need to see their floats? And what exactly is the link between Hamburger Helper and the doctors and fire fighters who are hanging on their float?

-I didn’t even know Kool-Aid still existed, much less Kool-Aid Man. But apparently he does. And, thanks Matt Lauer, now I find out that five hundred million gallons are consumed worldwide every year. Five hundred million? I think my dentist just had a heart attack. Paging someone on the Hamburger Helper float!

Click through for more lessons learned! What are you loving about the parade?