Happy Thanksgiving
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Technically today is Thanksgiving Day in Canada, but the majority of people I know had their turkey dinners yesterday.  I am one such person.  I have exactly 742 pounds of leftovers to deal with.  Or something like that.

Thusly, I’m still in the midst of cleaning up the disaster of a house I am owner to.   Oh!  And we have 6 cords of wood to stack today.  Which we will do like so.  Consequently I only have a tease of my Thanksgiving for you, with the full post to come tomorrow.

As an aside, for those who are wondering … Canadian Thanksgiving differs from the American version in that we are celebrating the bounty of the harvest and the end of the growing season as opposed to “that Pilgrim stuff”.  Sorry – everything I know about Pilgrims I gleaned from an episode of The Brady Bunch.

Also, every Thanksgiving Eve, Canadians leave out miniature bales of straw as an offering to the Thanksgiving Nymph.  If in the morning your bale of straw is gone, you will be blessed with the gift of a salmonella free holiday.

Or something like that.

For a look back at LAST year’s Thanksgiving festivities, including the Great Gobble Off … click here.



  1. Lauren says:

    You should have included a picture of the Thanksgiving Nymph so the Americans would have a visual. In my mind, she’s a little Tinkerbell-ish, but a bit more of a tart.

    Happy Turkey Day!

  2. Ginny says:

    Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Leftover turkey at my house equals homemade turkey pot pies.

    I’m in the process of making the feathered Halloween wreath that you made last year. (If I could find white, red or green feather boas I would make one for Christmas as well.) Now I just have to decide what else I want to put on it. I have a purple and black spider, some black roses that have purple glitter around the top of each flower and a mini-coffin that I can paint. Decisions, decisions!

  3. Happy Thanksgiving! Leftovers are a wonderful thing! We came home with a stack ten feet high last night, or so it seems! Rosa

  4. Shauna says:

    I definitely prefer your meaning to Thanksgiving Day than ours, but I suppose having a holiday meant for being thankful is good at any time;) Happy {belated} Thanksgiving.

  5. Nancy says:

    Sad but true Tracy :-( ……Happy Thanksgiving Day Karen. :-)

  6. Tracy says:

    In the US, we (pilgrims) are supposed to be thanking the natives for helping us survive the first winter. Mind you, soon thereafter we decided enough thanks was enough, dubbed the natives as uncivilized heathens, and went about trying to remove them from their own land so we could take over. We infected them with our diseases, addicted them to alcohol and imprisoned them on reservations (those whom we hadn’t hunted down and murdered, that is).

  7. Rebecca says:

    I love the bales of straw alongside the pitcher of flowers! Happy [belated] Thanksgiving.

  8. Kim says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Karen,
    Well I think you can celebrate Thanksgiving whenever you want. We are having our celebration on Tuesday as my son lives in Toronto and had to work yesterday. I hope that everyone is truly thankful as we live in the best country in the world.
    I never heard of this little bail of hay thing…you made my day. Thanks.


  9. Scotia says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. My Sweetie and I celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary today with a wonderful fried fresh halibut dinner and some 2008 Oregon Pinot Noir wine. Just wish I had a Cheeze Whiz blue egg for breakfast. :-(
    I like celebrating the luscious bounty instead of the straight laced pilgrim stuff, too!

  10. itchbay says:

    Happy Thanksgiving. I doubt many USians would know much more about Pilgrims, so don’t sweat it.

    I’ve long wondered why the US has our Thanksgiving so long after the actual harvest.

  11. Centsational Girl says:

    Happy Thanksgiving my friend, I still remember your table from last year!

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