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Thanksgiving: An Ode to Food Holidays

I love all the holidays.  There’s something so perfectly wonderful about the way we all take the time to step back, relax, and breathe while we’re with our friends and families.  Life and the little troubles that we seem to fixate on all seem to melt away—even if it’s only for a short period of time—while we eat, drink, and enjoy the company of those around us.  Of course, there can be some pomp and circumstance that comes with certain holidays—I’m looking at you Christmas—but, on the whole, there’s a really great feeling of exhaling that comes with each holiday.

I know, we’ve all got our favourites, but let me tell you: Thanksgiving is the best.  There.  I said it.   Let the panic ensue.

Wait, wait, wait.   Don’t panic.  There’s no need.  Let’s just all revel in the fact that Thanksgiving, especially for us Canadian folk, really is—in the truest sense—a food holiday.  Suddenly makes sense that it’s the best one, doesn’t it?


Let’s break it down.

First: there’s none of that expectation that comes with hyper-religion-based holidays.  I like a good church holiday as much as the next, but when we take God and religion out of a holiday, as is more common for Thanksgiving, it quickly becomes a holiday for everyone, not just for those that subscribe to whatever god you believe in.

Second: autumn is the greatest of all seasons.  It’s not too hot, it’s not too cold; the leaves are all colourful and the air is crisp and clean.  I love fires.  Autumn is the perfect season for fires. More than that, since Canadian Thanksgiving is at the beginning of October it’s the right time between summer ending and the Christmas season.



Third:  the reason we Canadian’s celebrate Thanksgiving isn’t because of strictly because of some historical event; instead, we celebrate the harvest and all the good things that happened in the last year.  Well, shucks.  How adorable.

Fourth, and maybe most importantly:  we get to eat all the greatest foods. No, but seriously, they’re the greatest foods. Check ‘em out.  Recipes below. You’re welcome.


I think I’ve proven my point.   Case closed?