Something you don't know, Mr. B was born and raised in a small farming town in Saskatchewan. His family immigrated to the United States and Colorado when he was 17 years old.
Monday, October 10, is Thanksgiving Day in Canada.
I often get asked how Canadians celebrate the day.
The Canadian Thanksgiving occurs on the second Monday of October. It coincides with the American holiday, Columbus Day.
Unlike the American tradition of remembering Pilgrims and settling in the New World, Canadians give thanks for a successful harvest. The harvest season falls earlier in Canada compared to the United States due to the fact that Canada is further north.
The day is similar to the American holiday in that it is spent with family, watching parades and football and eating turkey and pumpkin pie.
Even though Mr. B became a naturalized citizen several years ago I like to honor his heritage by celebrating his traditional Thanksgiving Day. Plus, we get two Thanksgivings and one of Mr. B's favorite meals is the whole turkey dinner with all of the traditional fixin's!
The day is no different than any other holiday for me, I still like to set a festive table.
I started with a rust colored table cloth. The wood chargers are actually wood platters from a restaurant supply store. The green dinner plates came from WalMart and the red salad plates are part of a set from J C Penney.
I wanted everything in the center of the table to be easily removed at dinner time to make room for the real star of the day, the turkey. The candlesticks are from the Dollar Tree and the beaded candle rings were a Hobby Lobby clearance find. I used a fall leaf platter and arranged floral berries, pumpkins and leaves on it. You may remember the pheasant from an earlier post. He looks so much better now doesn't he? You can read more about this poor, unfortunate bird here. I dry brushed him with brown craft paint followed by dry brushed gold metallic paint. Until the roasted turkey arrives, he is the well deserved center of attention.
I used goblets from the Dollar Tree for water and our everyday glasses for wine. I found a set of covered butter dishes from Ross. I think they add a bit of class to the table. The pumpkin salt & pepper shakers also came from Ross. The napkin rings are from Goodwill and the napkins are from WalMart.
The little pumpkins on each plate are from Pier 1.
Although we can't travel to Canada this year to visit with Mr. B's family and friends, we will gather around this table and be with them in spirit on this very special holiday.