Friday, October 8, 2010

a Canadian Thanksgiving....

Since 1957...
we Canadians have been celebrating Thanksgiving the second weekend in October. 

It was proclaimed by our government that Thanksgiving Monday would be "a day of general thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed". 

I like that!

For many it is just another long weekend.   
For really is a time of thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest...just completed!

We started the long weekend with our Thanksgiving dinner last night....
and  had sixteen around the table.

We sang together...
Thank-you, Father
For this food...
and our many blessings!

And when the dinner was over...
and it was time for pumpkin pie...

...we included a little family celebration of Maelyn's second birthday.
She was quite OK with having another party!

Though the leftover turkey is packed away...
I have a few reminders of our Thanksgiving dinner left on the table.

Emme and Ryder got crafty and brought some little turkeys they had created as centrepieces.
They'll be hanging around for awhile.
We had a good time together...
a rather noisy good time!
It seems to get a little louder every year.
I have much to be thankful for...
and I am!

Wishing you all a wonderful Canadian Thanksgiving weekend...


  1. Cute centrepiece! I have something similar, but much older, and the kids groan when I pull it out each year. Happy Thanksgiving - I love that we have a day to give thanks, because we are surely blessed just by living in this country.

  2. Isn't it fun when the children bring their crafts for the table decor! Looks like you celebrated well. Happy Thnnksgiving.

  3. Happy Thanksgiving! Hope your meal was blessed with lots of company and cheer!

  4. OH I have much to look forward to for years to come. Last year we got a Thanksgiving card with the body of the turkey. .his little hand print. .precious memories.
    I love your cookies. .and your centerpieces. .OH enjoy the restful part of your weekend.

  5. That is an interesting centre piece and looks like a craft we could do with our Girls' Club next Thanksgiving. Could you give us a tutorial, or close up photos? We're looking forward to a couple of Thanksgiving dinners this weekend. Dairymary

  6. Wonderful. Happy thanksgiving to you and yours. What a sweet photo of Maelyn. Love those centerpieces!!

  7. I can imagine the time around the table! A lot of work, literaly gobbled up in no time ... but all worth it to see everyone together.
    Yes, enjoy the rest (of) this weekend.

  8. What a little dolly your granddaughter is. She looks enchanted with her sparkler candle.
    Celebrating with family is the absolute best!

  9. A great idea. Happy Thanksgiving!

  10. Awww, I just love it! I know that you all had great fun just being together. Loud is good as long as all is quiet and calm after.

  11. Today I am thankful for you and your beautiful, inspiring, and creative blog. It always is a blessing to me, and it always encourages me in where I am at right now...a grandma in progress. Your little girl looked so adorable on her birthday picture.

  12. how very fun! love those pumpkin cookies and cake! happy thanksgiving!! {Psalm 100}

  13. Sounds like a happy time! Love that baby girl's expression... talk about wide-eyed!

  14. Happy Thanksgiving Judy! It looks like you had a wonderful day.

    I love this photo of Maelyn --she looks so surprised by the sparkler!

  15. Looks like a wonderful celebration with your family. I love Thanksgiving time. The traditional family gatherings, turkey & cranberries, harvest, Fall colors, pumpkin pie, oh I could go on and on.

    Your pictures are gorgeous Judy..

  16. Maelyn is a darling princess and i think it's wonderful that you have such creative grandchildren to celebrate with. Lovely Thanksgiving photos!

  17. Lovely! I love the idea of Thanksgiving on a Monday or Friday even. A long weekend would be great instead of Thursday off then back to work on Friday! :) The kids' crafts are darling!


  18. Blessed Canadians are so smart, not to have your holidays so close together!

    Love love love the turkey centerpieces!


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