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Thanksgiving Day – 2016

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Posted October 10, 2016 by jim young in Lifestyle

– jim young

“It’s Thanksgivng. Don’t forget to set your scales back 10 pounds tonight.” – anon

Traditionally, like many people, we have enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner on the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend.

This would give us the opportunity to enjoy leftovers for the rest of the weekend and rest up before preparing for work on Tuesday.

But as My Shirley and I have recently retired, we have decided to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner today – on Thanksgiving Day – because we can.

Being OCD, I have always felt a bit guilty about not celebrating Thanksgiving on Thanksgiving Day so now I have one less thing to obsess about.

This Easter we will also have our Easter Dinner on Easter Sunday for the same reasons. But having Easter Dinner at the beginning of the weekend was always a little less stressful for me since Easter provides us the choice of 2 days to celebrate – “Good Friday” and “Easter Sunday”. Nevertheless I always felt I was compromising a bit by not saving “Easter Dinner” until “Easter Sunday”.

Of course Christmas is always celebrated on Christmas since Canadian laws have always provided us an extra day to rest up before going back to work anyway.

It’s a beautiful, sunny, autumn day today even if it is a bit chilly. This morning there would have been frost on the proverbial pumpkin if we had any pumpkins. (Note to self – plant pumpkins next spring.)

The first item on the agenda today is to get the turkey stuffed and in the oven. But perhaps I will light a fire in the wood stove even before that.

Then, once the turkey is starting to cook, I will bundle up and enjoy a Cuban cigar in the great outdoors. By that time, the aroma of the turkey cooking in the oven should have filled the house as I come in to sit by the fire with a shot of rum and do what we’re supposed to do on Thanksgiving – reflect on the many things I have to be thankful for.

It will be a bittersweet time of reflection this year as it is the first Thanksgiving without my mother.

For our family, Thanksgiving was often more of a time for family gathering than even Christmas – and if you knew my mother Christmas was pretty big, so that’s saying a lot.

While I am sad that my mother is not with us this year for Thanksgiving, at the same time I am very happy for the many Thanksgivings she was with us, the many things she gave us and the many things she taught us.

Most importantly I am thankful that she taught me to be thankful for the things I have and not worry myself about the things I have lost.

Because that loss was a biggie and if it wasn’t for THAT lesson from my mother I wouldn’t be thankful for anything today.

– 30 –


5 Comments


  1.  
    Anonymous

    ♡♡♡♡♡♡ I’m thankful to have your family in my life…. Gogs will always have a special place in my heart. ♡♡♡♡♡♡




  2.  
    Anonymous

    Yes, there’s so much to be thankful for!!!! Great read Jim. Happy thanksgiving to you both!! 🙂




  3.  
    Lisa Goldsworthy

    Yes there’s so much to be thankful for! Great read Jim. Happy thanksgiving to you both! 🙂




  4.  
    Anonymous

    Well said, little brother. Enjoy your day, as we enjoyed our Saturday at the cottage. 🦃




  5.  
    Ron and Iolanda

    Happy Thanksgiving Jim to both you and Shirley. Bittersweet it is , I know.





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