Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Hope Your Thanksgiving Is Happy

         Freedom from Want, by Norman Rockwell, 1943

As we head into the conventional Thursday Thanksgiving Day holiday celebration here in America, we need to show gratitude for the blessings we have been given all year, including readers of this blog, and to celebrate the year's harvest of food. 

Whenever and wherever we celebrate, harvests binds cultures together. We can all relate to their significance. Harvest festival is earlier and religious in nature in England, usually during the month of September. Canada celebrates Thanksgiving Weekend as a long weekend, including a Monday holiday the first weekend in October, much the same as here.

At our house, we have goose, dry-brined for a day in a mixture of salt and spices. With that, we have braised vegetables, homebaked breads, Cold Soil wine from Terhune Orchards. This we finish with homemade cherry and apple pies and cheeses. It's a small celebration for us, just rather formal and filled with meaning and emotion. As we set the tablecloth on the table, arrange china and silverware and light the candles, we wish everyone good, fine conversation.

Thanksgiving Day is a holiday to celebrate with humility and gratitude, and who wouldn't want more of that?

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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