This weekend is our Thanksgiving! To me, it is the perfect time of year to celebrate this holiday.
We have just had a bountiful harvest so thoughts of thankfulness for our horn of plenty is at the forefront of our minds. Farmers have recently finished the bulk of their hard work and need the break. The children have been in school six weeks and can use a short pause before they gear up again for the next long haul. There are no thoughts of Christmas to detract from the focus that this celebration deserves. Finally, the leaves are at their peak of colour change so it is absolutely and undeniably the most gorgeous season to appreciate all that we have.
For me and most others I know, it means a gathering of family for a traditional turkey dinner on Sunday or Monday, complete with dressing, cranberry sauce, whipped potatoes, gravy, whipped squash, cabbage salad, buns, and pumpkin and apple pies. I am having 14 people here on Sunday and the weather is supposed to be totally sunny and fairly warm (22 degrees Celsius). Just right!
My family will enjoy the drive up from the city to view the fabulous leaves. Upon their arrival, they will wander down to the river in our back yard to see if the salmon are still running up to spawn. They will comment on how beautiful our flowers and fall decorations are and take pictures.
After the busy summers and the beginning of hectic fall routines, Thanksgiving is just what we need now to connect with special people and reflect upon all the reasons we have to be thankful. And believe me, we have many!
Mother of Invention, salivating already in anticipation of that succulent turkey with all the trimmings!