The Second Monday of October
Canadian Thanksgiving is a harvest festival. By the beginning of October, most of the summer crops have been gathered up and put by for the winter. The weather turns colder and everyone anticipates the coming of snow.
Since it is ‘officially’ celebrated on a Monday, it allows Canadian families the choice of which day to have their kith and kin on that weekend. And we don’t anticipate seeing our far-flung family members for one day, as they do in the States. This makes the meal less stressful, at least in theory.
Yesterday, our extended family came for dinner. We had 19 people to a sit-down meal. Because our house is modest in size, the sitting down took place in the dining room, the living room and the back deck.
We got our bi-annual family photos taken by our in-house family photographer, April.
And this year, we had hardly any leftovers. Being the first in the extended family to feed their relatives early, the guests aren’t ‘turkeyed-out’. By Tuesday, they won’t want to see another drumstick until Christmas.
We have so many things to be thankful for, but mostly for living in this great country.