So...we gather as families and indulge -- as do our American friends -- but being that much farther north, our harvest is earlier. Being a Christian in the Anglican Tradition, I will be celebrating at St. Cyprian's, Lacombe, on Sunday morning.
As well, the Thanksgiving Weekend marks, for most Canadian gardeners, the END of the growing season, when everything is cleared out, put away, harvested and tidied up...in anticipation of...well...you know....
Then there are family gatherings to consider. In Canada, this holiday, quite frankly, takes a back seat to Christmas. My son will be working and unable to join us.
This year, my daughter and I will be gathering tomorrow -- a day early -- at my sister's cottage to help her clear away her garden -- tomatoes, carrots, beets...maybe even some onions, zucchini and even more tomatoes...
salads, like this one, or to be used in sandwiiches (my Bread of the Week is Dark Rye). (Note: I am pondering an art quilt from this photo...it's just too irresistible!)
In our current culture, Canada's Thanksgiving Holiday coincides as much with the World Series as it does with the beginning of the NHL (Hockey) season and the football (CFL) play-offs. Regardless of the sport, the TV Powers have managed to devise ways to entertain our men-folk so that they will fall asleep en mass in front of the nearest television not long after a many-course Thanksgiving meal. :-)
Being three women together this year, we won't notice this much, but that doesn't mean we won't be getting somewhat soporific after a wonderful repast...
Counting our blessings: the happy juxtaposition of our relationships, the ability to appreciate generational differences, to delight in generational similarities, and to know that, above all, we love each other and are loved by the Greatest Love of all.
"'Tis a gift to be simple,'tis a gift to be free;
'Tis a gift to come down where you ought to be.
And when you find yourself in the place just right,
'Twill be in the Valley of Love and Delight!"
-- Traditional Shaker Hymn