Thanksgiving is just around the corner here in Canada and for many of us planning has begun. But is it celebrated as intensely, passionately and commercially as it is with our friends to the south? Canadian Thanksgiving, in my opinion is lower key, it is still reverent and family oriented but reserved. Maybe it is because we have ours much earlier and most of us are still trying to cling to the memories of summer. Our US friends seem to celebrate it as big, or bigger than the Holidays, there are special sales, and television programming dedicated to the holiday (which I love btw).
Here in my part of Canada and in my home it is a day of reflection (and of course relaxation). We do cook a turkey and have a huge meal, but for the most part it is quiet and time for family. It is a day that I get to cook with my wife Lisa, this does not happen very often as I do most of the cooking while she takes care of the homework with the kids. Each year we plan together what will be the special casseroles for our family feast, some recipes she gets from her mother and some by researching cook books and on the internet. This coordination of side dishes has become part of our Thanksgiving tradition and I look forward to it each year.
Although it is a treat to be able to sleep in when you have a day off, it is also nice to start the day early, go for a walk, discuss what you are thankful for and have a refreshment as the sun rises(Yep, I did say as the sun rises). Last year the Town of Bay Roberts and the Bay Roberts Cultural Foundation designed a event to celebrate Thanksgiving by having a sunrise walk, reflection service and refreshments on the Shoreline Walking Trail. The event really set the tone for a wonderful day; I got to spend time with my son Kaegan, walk one of the most beautiful trails in Canada, reflected with friends and enjoyed the early morning hours here in Bay Roberts, Newfoundland and Labrador. The event left me feeling refreshed and lighthearted and thankful for this new tradition we started.
For those of you who live close to Bay Roberts, I invite you to take part in this event, you will not regret it, make it part of your Thanksgiving Tradition.
7am @ Cranes Hill (Follow Water Street to the east end)
Here are the GPS settings for those of you are planning to come for a visit
N 47 degrees 36.325’
W 053 degrees 13.820’
I know it is a little early but I wanted to give you a little advanced notice!! A special thank you goes out to our Thanksgiving Walk sponsor, Cowan’s Optical and Republic of Newfoundland Eyewear !!
On behalf of my family, Lisa, Maggie and Kaegan I want to wish you all a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!!Ron