Canadian Thanksgiving

Fall grass with a molten gold filter

Canadian Thanksgiving is today (the second Monday in October).  It is a celebration of thanks for a good harvest – and it occurs earlier in the fall than American Thanksgiving because Canada’s climate is colder and our harvests end earlier. At least, our farmers hope they end earlier, but the early snow we’ve had here in Alberta has delayed harvest somewhat.

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We’ve had our family Thanksgiving feasts already. On Saturday we hosted a Thanksgiving lunch. The featured ‘guest’ was a fairly large ham. Though we bagged up a lot of ham and sent it home with the family, we still have a lot of ham left over.

Eternity is a ham and two people.
– Dorothy Parker –

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Yesterday (Sunday) we went to the daughter’s house for a Turkey Dinner. Son-in-law got a little carried away in the selection of the size of the turkey. This caused them to own a bird that just barely fit into the appliance that cooked it. There was also lots of mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry jelly, several salads, three kinds of desserts. Delicious. They bagged up a lot of turkey and sent it home with the family. They still have a lot of turkey left over. Another kind of eternity.

May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs!
– Author Unknown –

Tonight The Car Guy and I will dine on left-over ham and turkey. Tomorrow – maybe a casserole with ham or turkey. The next day, maybe split pea soup made from the ham bone. The next day – anything that doesn’t involve a bird or a pig.

Happy Thanksgiving, Canadians! Happy Columbus Day (or Indigenous People’s Day), Americans!

14 thoughts on “Canadian Thanksgiving

  1. We (read daughter-in-law) did her amazing turkey trick, wrapping the bird in bacon – yum. And her famous triple, which our British guest practically swooned over. I have never seen him eat two desserts!And today we made turkey stock, 1 large and 12 mini turkey pies, 2 apple pies from their apple tree. We are truly blessed.


    1. We’ve never wrapped the bird in bacon. but The Car Guy wraps chicken thighs in bacon and cooks them on the smoker quite often!


    1. Glad you enjoyed the story. It only took us a week to finish off the ham – and the split pea soup made from the ham bone was superb!


  2. Late in commenting on this, Margy. My humblest apologies. Sounds like your Thanksgiving celebrations should be the standard by which all others are judged! You truly do know how to feast. Thanksgiving is the only time of year I allow myself seconds, maybe even thirds on the pumpkin pie (that’s how I keep my girlish figure).

    The poem is exquisite.


    1. My son-in-law makes a superb apple pie. We fight over who gets to take any left over pie home! We won this year – yah!


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