Canadian Thanksgiving is on October 11th - over a month before the American Thanksgiving. Instead of giving thanks to pilgrims, we give thanks to our fall harvest:
"On Thursday, January 31, 1957, the Canadian Parliament proclaimed:
A Day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed – to be observed on the 2nd Monday in October." (Wikipedia)
Not that all of us are farmers - far from it! But Canada's agriculture industry is pretty huge and so when the harvest is done, we all reap the rewards - and fabulous produce!
In honour of Canadian Thanksgiving, the Monkey and I are having 13 people over on Sunday for a traditional turkey dinner. On the guest list: both sets of parents, siblings and spouses from both sides, two nieces and a nephew.
On the menu: Turkey on the Traeger, stuffing in the crockpot, roasted brussels sprouts, potatoes, yams, carrots, corn, and cranberry sauce...ahhhhhhhhhh! For dessert? Cookies for the little ones and lemon meringue pie. Both the Monkey and I aren't huge fans of pumpkin pie, so we decided to switch it up a little.
To make sure that all 15 of us would fit in the dining room, I set the table last weekend. I'm using a mishmash of cloth napkins and a dark gray flat bedsheet for a tablecloth. The cork placemats in the photo are from Ikea - they'll serve as trivets for warm dishes, and they add a neat aesthetic with their tree images. I've been cultivating my centrepiece ever since I started setting the table. What do you think?