This weekend was Thanksgiving in Canada and Autumn has officially landed on the coast bringing rain and yellow and orange leaves underfoot as I walked to work this morning. It’s one of those grey balmy days here in Vancouver. Wet but without that sharp cold bite you get on clear days.
We have two turkey dinners every year; first at my mother in law’s home, then with my family. I’ve had trouble getting motivated to exercise these past 2 days and yet I need it more than ever. I even skipped lunch yesterday – I guess I was still full from the weekend.
I watched last years Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Sunday morning while my husband and I peeled and mashed potatoes, whole heads of garlic roasted in the oven with olive oil, giving our mash a burst of flavour. I’d started a Thanksgiving movie marathon earlier in the week. The season isn’t official in my mind until I’ve watched all the classics: A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, Trains Planes & Automobiles, Home For The Holiday’s, Dutch. Somehow they’re still as funny today as they were 20 years ago.
We arrived at my mother in laws at 5pm, the sun already low in the sky and the house swirling with the scent of warm cranberries, turkey and cinnamon candied yams. The candlelit table takes up the dining and living rooms! We’re a big family. The evening was filled with food, desserts, laughter and music. The next day, we did it all over again at my sister’s new home in Delta. What’s your favourite Thanksgiving dish? I’d have to choose stuffing if I only had one choice.
The days are noticeably getting shorter. As soon as we change our clocks in the next week, the darkness will hit faster; nightfall by 4:30pm. I’m so grateful to work just a 5 minute walk from home on these days. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. From my family to yours: