Thanksgiving is a great time to reflect on how we've been blessed in this country. Canadian Thanksgiving isn't as celebrated or demonstrative as the American version, but then what is?
When I went to college in the U.S., we had the pleasure of celebrating two Thanksgivings. Each October, a Canadian friend or someone who knew of our earlier celebration would put a turkey on and call any Canucks they knew of to come over for dinner.
Then we'd also partake in American Thanksgiving, so it was two big turkey dinners each fall. Followed by traditional, I-ate-way-too-much, undo-thebelt-a-few-notches naps on the couch.
In the U.S., Thanksgiving is, in many circles, bigger than Christmas. People flock home for the holiday, which is followed the next day by Black Friday, the unofficial kickoff of Christmas shopping.
What Thanksgiving is really about is being thankful. And we have much to be thankful for.
I am thankful for our family, for each one and how different each member is and their perspective on life and personalities. We also note that Thanksgiving, and Christmas for that matter, can also be a tough time for those that don't have immediate family around to share it with.
I am thankful for our friends that we can enjoy life with, laugh, and add some spice to each and every day.
We almost always have friends and/or those who don't have their families around over for Thanksgiving. I remember what that was like so that makes it extra special to set an extra seat or two. Before we eat, as part of our tradition, we ask each person seated at the table what they're most thankful for.
We are thankful for the country that we live in, and the freedom that we enjoy. Thankful that we can express ourselves the way we choose, and that there are not tanks rolling down our streets. Thankful for a country that does well economically.
We are thankful for the beautiful surroundings we have here on Vancouver Island.
In regards to whether ham or turkey is best for Thanksgiving, I would have said ham, except for the fact my wife, Lise, makes the best turkey.
Here's why: She roasts the turkey upside-down. The result? Moist white meat.
For most of my life, I was asked: Would you like white meat, or brown? I always preferred brown, because it was tastier. It's counterpart, white, was almost always dry, and the only way I would eat it is if I could smother it with gravy and make it look brown. Now, turkey is up there with prime rib at the top of my meat list, thanks to Lise's upside down solution.
To some members of our family, breakfast the day after Thanksgiving is their favourite. Lise puts leftover turkey, stuffing, potatoes and something else and mixes it all up in the frying pan. It's a family classic, and another reason to be thankful! COFFEE TIME: Today, Thursday, 3 p.m. at Country Grocer on Bowen Road. Come and tell us your stories and discuss Nanaimo issues.
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