by Nick Austin
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - A warm Thanksgiving morning with temperatures starting around 60 degrees found many people spending time outside at Coolidge Park instead of in the kitchen. Some joggers were even wearing shorts and there was no one bundled up in heavy coats, scarves, and gloves. The unusually warm start to Thanksgiving did not melt peoples' holiday spirits.
"It has not affected our appetites, I know that," said Margie Myrick. She and her husband drove from Memphis to spend Thanksgiving with family in the Scenic City. "We'll have about 16 around the table. So we're looking forward to just all being together. That's the main thing."
Will Trotter is a Chattanooga native. He took advantage of the weather by taking his daughter Hayley to Coolidge Park. They rode their bikes and tossed around a football. This year they decided to burn a few calories before the family feast.
"It's just a wonderful day. It gives us the opportunity to get out of the house for a little while, then go back and have a big Thanksgiving meal," said Trotter. This is a special day out for 10 year old Hayley.
"Usually every Thanksgiving we usually just cook and stuff. So this is actually the first time I've been outside on the holiday and playing," explained Hayley.
It seemed like no matter what the weather held in store this fourth Thursday in November, family and food still stand front and center.