Celebrating Thanksgiving day with some great trivia and quotes and maybe even a recipe or two.
This is a weekend that Canadians will be celebrating Thanksgiving day, while in the US, the Americans will be celebrating their thanksgiving day on November the 26th.
There is something about holidays that have me feeling like a kid and thanksgiving is no different. In the past my time was spent celebrating thanksgiving, with the cooking of the turkey, being with family and just being thankful… more on being thankful later
This year celebrating thanksgiving is going to be very different for me for a few reasons and while it may be different, I can honestly say I am thankful to be here and to know I will see my 2 daughters.
…So celebrating thanksgiving means different things to different people, such as there are the football games to watch, some people prefer ham over turkey and I am still figuring out what kind of favorite food that vegetarians and vegans eat!
Did you know:
– that Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird of the United States.
– that the first department store to hold a Thanksgiving parade was: Gimbel’s
– that we can thank Thanksgiving and “Swanson” for the birth of the TV dinner
– that only male turkeys, called toms, gobble. Females, called hens, cackle.
– that since 1947, the National Turkey Federation has presented a live turkey and two dressed turkeys to the President. The President does not eat the live turkey. He “pardons” it and allows it to live out its days on a historical farm.
– That the heaviest turkey ever raised was 86 pounds, about the size of a large dog.
– That the turkey has more protein than chicken or beef.
– That turkeys have heart attacks. The United States Air Force was doing test runs and breaking the sound barrier. Nearby turkeys dropped dead with heart attacks.
– That the pilgrims took beer with them on their voyage.
– That Turkeys can drown if they look up in the rain.
– That Thanksgiving is a statutory holiday in Canada, except in PEI, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
– That While pumpkins are a staple of many Canadian Thanksgiving meals as well, they also originated with indigenous people and it is not known if they were present at the first Thanksgiving meals. However, there are recipes for pumpkin pie that date back to the 1650s.
– That it is commonly known that the first Thanksgiving feast in the U.S. was held in 1621 when the Pilgrims celebrated their harvest. However, the Americans did not invent Thanksgiving. English navigator Martin Frobisher held a celebration of thanks in 1578 in what is now Newfoundland as he had survived the long journey over the seas.
– That for many people who do not drink alcohol, Apple cider it often enjoyed as a festive alternative to Wine.
Regardless of which country you live in being thankful and having gratitude is the main theme to celebrating thanksgiving and here are but a few quotes that speak to this
As you can see by these quotes from different people, the main theme for celebrating thanksgiving ( apart from the food and football if you are a fan) is about gratitude and being thankful.
As I stated earlier this year celebrating thanksgiving is going to be different for my family in part because we are all still healing in different ways, so we are going to meet up and be together tomorrow at a chosen restaurant. The important thing is we will be together and wow that is going to be awesome.
Since the accident I have to say in spite of the ups and downs to healing, I have so many things to being thankful and grateful. For example
I am grateful to the first responder who stopped to help us when the accident happened
I am grateful to Kelowna Hospital for all they did to help me get to where I am today
I am thankful for the sun
I am thankful for the music I love to listen to
I am thankful to go to a beach and make sandcastles
I am grateful and I am thankful to be here today to write this post.
The thing about gratitude is that while I can share a sampling of what I am grateful for and thankful for, thanksgiving is not just about “me”
I feel we need to show our thankfulness and gratitude to others this and every thanksgiving holiday and here are just a couple of ideas to help you get started:
1. Hugs! I don’t know about you but it seems that people don’t hug enough, so hug your family and friends. Show them you really care!
2. We all hear about it but being thoughtful to others is a great way to share your gratitude. Being thoughtful can be as simple as opening a door for the elderly, mothers with babies in stroller and those who are not as blessed to have good health.
Being thoughtful should always be about being considerate of other people by not judging, helping a person who needs help and lets not forget our four legged ( maybe 2 legged) animals.
3. Handwrite a thank you letter to person who sends you a gift or thinking about another person. We are so into emails and images from the web, we have forgotten how to just write a letter or send that card so that others will feel good as they know you took the time.
4 I love the pay it forward philosophy and have done it many time. There are so many ways to pay it forward from helping a person who needs the money for the bus, or car parking meters. I read this cool idea of using spare change and while walking, adding time to the meter.
I think it’s safe to say that when thinking about thanksgiving, when you show by word or deed what you are thankful for and why you have gratitude, then this holiday will be the best ever.
We are all so different that celebrating thanksgiving can mean many things.
What does it mean to you?
I wish all my Canadian friends and family a very happy and thankful thanksgiving.
Oops I forgot the recipe..here is one for an old fashioned pumpkin pie
Old Fashioned Pumpkin Pie Recipe
Cook time: 1 hourYield: Serves 8.
2 cups of pumpkin pulp purée from a sugar pumpkin* or from canned pumpkin purée (can also use puréed cooked butternut squash)
1 1/2 cup heavy cream or 1 12 oz. can of evaporated milk
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/3 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs plus the yolk of a third egg
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamon
1/2 teaspoon of lemon zest
1 good crust (see pâte brisée recipe or our no-fail flaky pie crust recipe
source Simply Recipes
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