Friday, October 11, 2019

THANKSGIVING... CANADIAN STYLE By Kathleen Lawless @kathleenlawless #romancegems


As you read this, I am most likely stuffing half a turkey to roast while we go for an afternoon hike.  It is Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada, and normally the weather on the west coast is mild and pleasant.  The children are grown with busy lives, but will likely stop by over the weekend.  There will be leftovers when they do. I love my butcher who understands half a turkey is plenty for many of today’s families.

Since I have so much to be thankful for, I also celebrate US Thanksgiving next month.  I love the way the holiday kicks off the Christmas season and festivities.  The first few years I had a hard time finding a fresh turkey here in November, but I seem to have started a trend.

Some years back, my Dad and my sister and I used to do an annual road trip to Portland, Oregon on the US Thanksgiving. We’d arrive at the hotel in time for dinner, shop ‘til we dropped for two whole days, one day downtown and one day at the mall, then drive home on Sunday with our Christmas shopping complete.  I remember the year the car’s trunk would not close with all our purchases stowed inside.  Stuff was being shoved onto laps, and under feet.  A group of bellmen gathered around making bets as we repacked and reorganized, and burst into applause when the trunk finally did close. 

At the time Sis and I were both divorced and Dad was widowed, so those days were fun and memorable father-daughter road trips that none of us will ever forget.  Lives change.  Dad remarried.  Sis remarried.  I met my real-life hero and the trips are no longer, but the memories live on.    

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21 comments:

  1. We’re having Thanksgiving dinner at our house on Sunday. This year our table will be crowded and there will be a kids table too. Things DO change. Not so very long ago we had some Thanksgivings where no one was here but the two of us. I hope you have a lovely weekend, Kathleen!

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    1. I remember those kids' table days. Have a great weekend, Bonnie.

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  2. A fun tradition with your dad and sister. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in Canada. I'm glad you celebrate with us and share your traditions.

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    1. Thatnks, Liz. Family and traditions are so important.

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  3. Happy Thanksgiving, Kathleen! I truly enjoyed your post. Making memories, road-tripping, shopping fun, AND great food? I think it's time our family celebrated two thanksgivings. :D Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Kathryn, there are never too many excuses to take time to be thankful, are there?

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  4. I celebrate US Thanksgiving! Great time for eating all the good foods!

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    1. Kari, do you have a favorite Thanksgiving food? I'm a big lover of pumpkin pie.

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  5. I live in Bethany, Ontario Canada. We will be doing Thanksgiving this weekend. I look forward to spending time with my family.

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  6. Enjoy your weekend, Chrissy. Ontario is gorgeous this time of year. We don't get those same vivid colors here on the west coast that you do.

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  7. Happy Thanksgiving, Kathleen. What a sweet memory to share. Thank you. I enjoyed it very much. Here's my email *g* Joan at JoanReeves dot com. Enjoy your holiday.

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  8. Thanks Joan. Today is a sunny day, if a bit chilly. It's about 8 Celsius or 47 Fahrenheit.

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  9. i live in Alabama in uhe US, and we do celebrate Thanksgiving. we will go to my daughters house to eat, but first the 2 hour trip and cooking everthong! it will be me, my diabled son, my daughter and her husband, and my adorable two grandchildren, a boy and girl, both toddler stage. makesfor a wild day sometimes! 1955judymaharrey @gmail.com.

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    1. Check your email, Judy. You are the winner for stopping by the blog and posting your comment about Thanksgiving with your family. Kathleen

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  10. I bet you just spoil those grandbabies to pieces.

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  11. I live in Florida and we celebrate Thanksgiving at my niece's house these days (first it was at Mom and Dad's, then my sister's, and now it's passed down again). There are usually around 30-35 people there (from 92yo down to toddlers) and we eat and eat and eat and talk and talk and talk (and some watch football or Mythbusters marathons)!
    Karen H near Tampa (kesh307 at yahoo dot com) Happy Thanksgiving to the Canadians! And my verification pictures were palm trees (how appropriate).

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    1. Karen, I think it's great when the younger generation takes up the work load so those of us who have put in our time can just relax and enjoy. I envy you the sunshine and palm trees. We are drowning in downed Maple leaves.

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  12. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. I live in Atlanta Georgia, USA. So yes we do celebrate and its actually my favorite holiday. I love the food and the quality time spent with my kids and family. No worries about gifts just a good time with a special meal!

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    1. I am so with you. I love any excuse to get together for a nice meal and visit with no worries about gifts.

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  13. Happy Thanksgiving. Don't eat too much, though that's part of the tradition.

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  14. Too late Nora. But it was yummy! Traditions must be upheld and all that.

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