Art by John Slobodnik
Some of you have asked for Canadian Thanksgiving traditions and what we do to celebrate. I'd say it was very similar to the the U.S. Thanksgiving except that we don't line up at Walmart at 5:30 a.m. to get all the good deals for Christmas on Thanksgiving morning. :v)
In my family we either have turkey or ham, depending on whose hosting and who's coming. My dad is allergic to turkey so if he's coming it will definitely be ham. And there is the whole shebang of side dishes and desserts. We usually have the usual potatoes, yams in one form or another, pumpkin pie, apple squares, and stuffing. The things that remain constant from year to year is family laughing and enjoying each other's company, way too much food, dishes stacked on every counter and everyone sprawled out on the couches for a movie afterwards all the while groaning that we ate way too much and why do we always do this to ourselves. This year the guys beat us to the remotes so they had a western already going before the girls even made it into the living room. So after watching scruffy looking, unshaved men talking out the sides of their mouths with cigarettes in between their teeth and shooting at anything that moved for 20 minutes (no not our guys, the cowboys in the movie) the girls joined the kids downstairs to watch "Hoodwinked". I fell asleelp in spite of being poked every 10 minutes by niece to make sure I didn't fall asleep too deeply. Why don't kids ever get tired after a turkey meal?
Later, teen daughter and I watched the Amazing Race. I always enjoy watching this with her. It's so easy for us to be the couch potatoe coaches telling all the teams what they should do, shouldn't do and groaning as they make wrong decisions. She gets frustrated with the girly girls who constantly whine that they can't do this or that and who cry at the drop of a hat. And I get frustrated with the teams that argue, fight and yell at each other through the whole race. We pick our favorites and cheer them on. And we laugh together at the goofy things that are said and done all in the name of getting to that mat before the next team. All in all, a real nice weekend.
Now to get back into work mode for tomorrow. Arrrgh, that's always the hardest part. Personally, I think we should make the day after a holiday a "post-holiday mandatory day off" so that we can all get over the eating and staying up late of the holiday. Employers should like this as their employees would come to work much more awake and with more energy as the turkey would have had that extra day to digest. Yes, I think that is an idea that would really bring about more productivity amongst the working peoples. Now to just get the goverments to recognize such a thing.