We are coming up to our 11th anniversary in Canada, and this weekend is our 11th Thanksgiving.
I’ve always thought of this celebration as Canada’s secret holiday. It’s hard for an outsider to appreciate how big it is.
People talk about it, but apart from extra prominence of turkeys for sale there’s no obvious commercialization.
Unlike the noticeable decorations at Christmas and Halloween, the only outward clues are here and there around the neighborhood, where cars spill from driveways onto the verges signaling a large gathering at one household or another.
In our years here, we’ve been privileged to be invited to a couple of such gatherings, so we have some small insight into the part this celebration plays in our adopted culture. A few other times, we’ve played host to a few friends. Most of the time, like this year, it’s a private time of reflection for the four of us.
For North American readers, how is Thanksgiving celebrated in your neck of the woods?
Regardless, here’s wishing you a happy (Canadian) Thanksgiving.