Happy Canadian Thanksgiving 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving Monday to my fellow Canadian friends and family!

What a hot month September was, and what a beautiful warm October it has been so far.

It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving weekend in Canada has already come and gone, and it’s only October 9th!  But that is the beauty… it doesn’t matter when it is, just to be there present in the celebration.

Life seems to rush you through the days.  Sometimes, you forget what day it is on the calendar.  There are so many things to do at work, you have appointments, books to return to the library, bills to pay… eeks!  Stop, and take a moment to breathe, do nothing.  Give thanks.

What does Thanksgiving mean to you?

Well, at the mention of Thanksgiving, these are the usual thoughts that come to mind:

  • orange, yellow and red leaves
  • pumpkins, apples and squashes
  • turkey – whether you eat it or not
  • stuffed bellies, yawning after eating and eating
  • family get-together
  • Federal holiday

Well, my husband asked my daughter a couple weeks ago “Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving?  What is Thanksgiving?”  he was genuinely asking because he didn’t know.  So, I decided to look it up on the Internet.  According to this article, celebrations of thanks for the harvests were celebrated in Europe in October long before settlers came to North America.  The first Thanksgiving in Canada was in 1578 when English explorer Martin Frobisher arrived in what is known today as Newfoundland. He wanted to give thanks for arriving safely in the New World.

This year was great.  It was simple.  I think as I get older, the more I appreciate the effort my moms puts in to feeding everyone.  My mom has always been very accommodating in filling our bellies.  This Thanksgiving, she made us vegetarian dishes with a mixture of beans grown in the garden, shiitake mushrooms, chayote squash as well as the meat dishes for the rest of the family.  She was busy cooking and serving.  I guess we don’t have the traditional big table nicely set, but we certainly have great food.  Mom was the last to eat, and she ate by herself.  This is a choice I come to understand and truly appreciate as a mother myself.  There is such a relief once everyone else is fed, then you can sit and eat in peace.

Today I went to work while my family was at home, but I am grateful for having had the weekend with them.  I think what’s truly important isn’t in the date of being off, or the type of food you have, or the decorations.  I think what truly makes a celebration is the attitude of gratitude.

This year, I appreciated taking a walk with my sisters, and two older kids to the mall.  I wanted to get a new pair of headphones for myself.  However, I was clouded with so many options there that I decided I would get nothing.  My youngest sister, on the contrary decided she would just new ones… and lucky me!  Yes, I got new headphones too (her old ones!).  I also appreciate my youngest son asking my mom to mend his broken pants.  I appreciated my mom taking the time, effort and energy to do it.  These are some little things that make my heart sing.

You can listen to my podcast about Thanksgiving this year right here:

Listen to “Ep 16 Canadian Thanksgiving” on Spreaker.

What do you love about Thanksgiving?  What does it mean to you and your family?  What memories did you build this year?

Thank you so much for joining me today!  Until next time, have fun!


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