Thankful

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving up here in Canada, and there is much to be thankful for this year: finishing my PhD, DH having a permanent job, having the means to travel to exotic locations, our health, the love from our family and friends, the comfort of our cats…

Thanksgiving weekend has always marked the real beginning of fall for me. The crisp, cool mornings, the changing leaves, comfy sweaters, hot tea, football, and all the new TV shows! It truly is my favorite time of year, even though it lasts for just a few weeks – if we’re lucky. London is a beautiful place to be this time of year, with all the trees turning all sorts of of beautiful colors. This is in stark contrast to Calgary (where I grew up), where they go from green to yellow to brown in a matter of days (but the snow-covered mountains covered are sure pretty!).

Fig.1: Fall colors – near Niagara Falls, 2006.

We had our Thanksgiving dinner last night with a friend of ours (DH’s best man). It was so nice to gather around a table full of wonderful food and catch up, talk about old times, and laugh our asses off.

This is the time of year where “back home” is still greatly missed. Thanksgiving was always a weekend of family get-togethers, and I miss being a part of those. I become a little sad when I think about all of them sitting around the table, wine and food galore, telling stories and jokes, and just enjoying each others company. As much as I love having our own celebrations, I imagine a time where we can all celebrate together again.

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Comments on: "Thankful" (5)

  1. Hmmm. I didn't know other countries had Thanksgivings. Obviously you won't be celebrating the pilgrims like we do in America, but is the traditional dinner the same? Turkey, corn, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, etc?

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  2. Yup! Turkey, stuffing, potatoes, cranberries are the usual fair.

    Canadian Thanksgiving is all about giving thanks at the close of the harvest season (which is why it's earlier than the American one). It corresponds to the European Harvest Festival.

    Here's more info from Wikipedia.

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  3. Sounds wonderful! Fall is my favorite time of year too.

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  4. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  5. I'm still relatively new to Thanksgiving dinners – Sunday was only my 6th, I think – but I sure do love them! My soon-to-be sister-in-law makes an awesome wild rice-wild mushrooms concoction, and this year she also commandeered the roast yams and pureed them with butter, ginger, and orange juice. There was much wailing and gnashing of teeth from the assembled in-laws, but once they tasted it, they loved it! And the younger of the 2 nephews who were there is claiming to have invented the best breakfast ever – pumpkin pie with cranberry sauce on top.

    I also love cozy sweaters and lovely trees. November is when Vancouver really starts to suck – dark and getting darker, wet and getting wetter, and too early to ski. December onwards is much more bearable. Luckily, we're going to Cuba for 2 weeks in November! WIN!

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