Turkey time

Last weekend, I said to spouse, “I want to have a real Thanksgiving this year.” He looked at me quizzically and said, “We don’t do that here.” As if I couldn’t have figured that out over the past seven years. I said that I missed that (clearly anglo) tradition and would it be alright if I invited his folks over for dinner Monday. He reiterated the fact that Quebecers don’t really celebrate the day. Then I asked him, “Give me one reason why you would refuse a turkey dinner? I’ll make everything.” And he acquiesced. After all, I’m doing all the work. I said, “Will this be your first Thanksgiving truly celebrated in Quebec?” And he said, indeed it would be. I’m sure Quebecers are full of thanks too, so I’m a little confused as to why the holiday never caught on here. (Or is it more commonly celebrated than I’m led to believe?)

No matter, the markets had everything on sale this week to prepare for the feast. I got a nice big bird for $1.50 a pound, pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, yams and everything for the secret family recipe: green bean casserole. Then I get to eat turkey sandwiches for lunch all week. Youpi!

Celebrating or not, I wish all of you a gratitude filled day. Happy Thanksgiving!

5 Comments so far

  1. mare (unregistered) on October 6th, 2007 @ 2:34 pm

    Thanksgiving is not a Catholic tradition, so maybe that’s why it isn’t celebrated in Québec. But wait, Halloween is also not a Catholic tradition, so…

  2. Peter (unregistered) on October 6th, 2007 @ 3:24 pm

    I’ve celebrated thanksgiving virtually every year of my life. And for the 8 yrs that I lived in the US recently … I celebrated twice!

    It’s one of my favourite holidays as it’s non religous and still very family oriented. Plus it’s not uncommon to invite people, often nearly strangers, over for turkey dinner.

    I’m not sure if it’s because i’m not catholic, or because I’m english. I honestly thought most celebrated this!

  3. Laiya (unregistered) on October 6th, 2007 @ 4:17 pm

    Growing up, we never celebrated Thanksgiving with a turkey and all that. It was just a day off. Turkey was reserved for Christmas. But oddly, it seemed that a lot of people I spoke to at work on Friday seemed to be preparing for Thanksgiving meals this weekend. So maybe the holiday is catching on finally? Heck, I love turkey with stuffing and cranberry sauce…mmmm….invite me over!

  4. Michel (unregistered) on October 6th, 2007 @ 4:26 pm

    I can’t remember if we always ate turkey on this day, but Thanksgiving is definitely part of my franco-catholic heritage. In fact, it was one of only 3-4 times that we would see our grandmother.
    I only heard that Thanksgiving wasn’t celebrated by “true” québécois de souche about 10 years ago, by an Acadienne, who felt the need to educate me about my heritage.
    That saddens me almost as much as the PQ who try to rewrite history by telling me that we are not Canadians, somehow forgetting that we, les québécois, are the original Canadians, the ROC being “les anglais.”
    But hey, don’t mind me. :)

  5. Andrea (unregistered) on October 6th, 2007 @ 5:53 pm

    You must be from the Maritimes with “green bean casserole” as your secret recipe. Enjoy Thanksgiving!

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