ic Kathe With an E: Happy Thanksgiving Canada!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving Canada!


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. 

39 comments:

  1. I would love to have two Thanksgivings! What a lovely table and what great thrifty finds! Enjoy!

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  2. Happy Thanksgiving! I cant wait til ours.Its my birthday ha.Everything looks beautiful!

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  3. Love the table, but love that I learned something new even more! I am visiting from Reasons to Skip the Housework and I am a new follower!
    Hope you are having a good week!
    Michelle
    www.delicateconstruction.blogspot.com

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  4. As a Canadian (living in Toronto) I appreciate the good wishes! The table looks amazing! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  5. It was fun to check out your post on Canadian Thanksgiving! It is so nice of you to celebrate with us! We live in B.C. though will be traveling to Alberta to be with our daughter for this holiday weekend. Lovely tablescape and that pheasant has every right to be mad when you move him for the turkey - he makes a gorgeous centerpiece!

    DD

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  6. So nice to see a Canadian Thanksgiving post. Fun to have two each year!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your husband, from Simcoe Street in Toronto.

    Jenny
    http://simcoestreet.blogspot.com

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  7. Two Thanksgivings? Holy cow! If I didn't have to cook,,,that would be amazing lol! Well, maybe not, imagine the weight gain ~giggle~!!!
    Thanks for the education, I always like to learn. The table looks so amazing, I love the little tiny pumpkins....I am ready for turkey!!!

    ~~Wendy

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  8. Well, I never knew that. How neat. Thank you for linking up. Your table has me ready for some turkey!! yum!

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  9. 2 thanksgivings?
    I think I might have to befriend some Canadians so I can do both too!

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  10. Your tablescape is gorgeous. I love the beautiful colors of the dishes and linens. The pheasant is beautiful. Such a lovely and inviting table. Happy Thanksgiving. Thanks also for joining TTT. Hugs, marty

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  12. Your table looks amazing! Thanks for linking up to Craft and Tell!

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  13. Hi Kathe! Love these colors together, very warm and inviting. Your centerpiece is beautiful too!
    Happy Canadian Thanksgiving! I am sure your family will enjoy the table and the meal!
    I am your newest follower!
    See you over at Holidays! :)
    Kathleen

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  14. What a beautiful table! Happy Thanksgiving to you! Thank you for linking to Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

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  15. So nice to read something celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving. We will be gathering this weekend in Nova Scotia to celebrate Thanksgiving twice!! Saturday will be with hubby's family, and then on Monday with mine! Have a wonderful weekend.

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  16. I love Thanksgiving so how great to have 2! Pretty table and my favorite is the chargers! What a great idea. Were they very expensive? I am always on the look out for budget chargers (they can be sooo expensive!).

    Robin
    Robin Flies South

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  17. I would LOVE to celebrate two Thanksgivings!!! I will have to adopt Canadian Thanksgiving. I need to take stock of my Canadian friends and get busy next year! Your table is set perfectly for the occasion, and I'm sure the pheasant doesn't mind taking a back seat to the turkey because he doesn't want to be the one getting eaten! :-) Have a happy weekend!

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  18. Thanks for teaching us about the Canadian Thanksgiving! Your table is gorgeous. I love the ruffle-y effect of your dishes--it adds so much interest! I think your pheasant is enjoying his time in the spotlight instead of being on the menu! :)

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  19. What a gorgeous table! I love that you celebrate each other's heritages.

    Thank you SO very much for linking up!

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  20. It was so fun to read about your traditions in Canada. This tablescape almost looks good enough to eat. Thanks for linking it up to Fabulous Friday.

    Warmly, Michelle

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  21. what a gorgeous table you've set! And TWO Thanksgivings?! I wouldn't mind that myself... Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful table- I'm visiting from TT&J weekend wrap-up.

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  22. Happy Thanksgiving to your Canadian hubby!! Lucky for him he gets his favorite meal twice and this one on such a lovely table. So does this mean you get to set two different Thanksgiving tablescapes too??? This one will be hard to beat!

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  23. OOOO this is so fancy! I wish my Thanksgiving table looked like this!

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  24. I am bookmarking this for inspiration when Christmas comes. Where I'm from, there is no Thanksgiving being celebrated although we're big on Christmas. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  25. What a Lovely Table Setting :)
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  26. This is the most fabulous and festive thanksgiving table! Great job!

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  27. Beautiful table...I love the rich colors of autumn. Have a Happy Thanksgiving, Kathe!

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  28. Happy Thanksgiving! I am Canadian and I live in Saskatchewan! Weyburn, actually! I moved here three years ago from Ontario. Just stumbled across your blog! Drop by and say hi @ littlekatieontheprairie.blogspot.com

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  29. The pheasant turned out great. I had to smile...I'm always having to sand or touch up one of Sweet Mister's decoys with Magic Marker every time that he gets a new hunting dog. As puppies, they all seem to gravitate toward at least one of his wooden treasures. Your tablescape is lovely...I thought of the red maple leaf in Canada's flad. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

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  30. I love the pheasent, wish I had one, very difficult to find one around here. Lovely tablescape and wonderful to have two Thanksgivings, actually, it happens in my house too because the following they with all the left overs, well, it's another Thanksgiving...so nice to be Canadian... two!! Hugs, FABBY

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  31. Such wonderful rich and elegant colors. Happy Thanksgiving. It would be great to have you join me at Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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  32. Hi Kathe - your Canadian Thanksgiving post was so good that I linked to it my Oct 10 post on Thanksgiving.
    - Joy

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  33. Great to have you a part of Seasonl Sundays. such beautiful rich colors.

    - The Tablescaper

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  34. Happy Thanksgiving! Thank you so much for sharing all about Canadian Thanksgiving and spreading inspiration with your beautiful tablescape!

    Such a pleasure to have you be a part of "A Little Birdie Told Me..." at Rook No. 17!

    Jenn

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  35. How fun! Two Thanksgivings!!! Well Happy Canadian Thanksgiving then! ;) Sharing this on our FB page, by the way! OH, and thanks for linking to Fancy This Fridays!!!

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  36. everything is wonderful


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    İstanbul / turkey

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  37. Such a pretty tablescape~Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

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  38. Thanks for bringing the Candadian version to The CSI Project. I love your table and you did a fabulous job. I love those small pumpkins from Pier 1 too.
    Happy Thanksgiving times 2.

    Hugs
    Dee

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  39. Beautiful table setting, Kathe! Nice job! Can't wait for Thanksgiving this year!!! Eeeeeee!

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