I am writing this post as the incredible aroma of a cooking turkey is wafting through the apartment. Ron is making a traditional Thanksgiving dinner on the Sunday before Columbus Day. Why? Because even though we have moved to the United States we are having a bit of a tough time giving up some of our old customs and traditions, Canadian Thanksgiving being one of them.
A & R are getting really excited about Hallowe’en. Last week they asked if they could start putting up the Hallowe’en decorations. We pulled out the box and found our Hallowe’en decorations and our Fall Harvest decorations packed in together. The topic of Thanksgiving came up and Ron and I explained that there was a long weekend coming up and that it was for Columbus Day NOT Thanksgiving. A big long discussion began about US Thanksgiving, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and of course the age old question- “just who the heck IS Christopher Columbus?” Luckily, a library book on good ole’ Christopher helped us answer the last one 😉
Ron and I talked and we decided to go for it and celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving. It would be a nice touch for the girls and we could have a lot of fun by inviting and including our ex-pat Canadian friends. We ordered the Turkey from Fairway, where the butcher politely asked if we were perhaps a month early and then extended the invite to friends who laughingly loved the idea.
So, here I am, sitting writing this post feeling a little nostalgic but also incredibly thankful. The apartment is clean, we have layed out the decorations, guests will be arriving soon and a new tradition is born. We have had the extreme good fortune to start out on this new adventure and experience brand new things but sometimes it is okay to carry on with the traditions that we hold so dear to our hearts.
This is a new chapter in our lives and I look forward to starting to develop our New York family traditions. Even if it is a bit ironic that the first one is Canadian, eh?