November 26th, 2003

Fishy Circumstances

The Coming of Thanksgiving (#2)

The world of weblog posts today is full of turkey and pies, loneliness and family, travel and baking. Americans are preparing for their Thanksgiving.

I love living in Canada since it gives me a chance to have at least two Thanksgivings every year. Canadian Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October, while the American variation is on the third Thursday in November. There are never too many chances to have a good Thanksgiving meal, particularly if I don't have to do all the cooking. This year, we hosted a Canadian Thanksgiving, inspired by a Canadian friend (aerinah) away from home. pittenweem is hosting the American Thanksgiving meal I'm going to - on Friday, not Thursday, as many people have classes on Thursday and Friday - no vacation for us. Thus, I've been thinking of Thanksgiving as a Friday event this week, not a Thursday one. I will be teaching tomorrow, although most other Americans in the world will be on holiday.

For the first time, no two members of my immediate family will be spending Thanksgiving with each other. Some of them are visiting assorted extended family members. Others might not do much of anything for the day: my mother's spending most of the day on a train, for example. I, meanwhile, will spend part of Friday making sweet and savoury squash and mashed potatoes, and then go forth and eat and eat and eat. Sometimes, gluttony can be a virtue.