Canadian Thanksgiving has always confused me a bit, even though it is my favourite holiday of the year.  It’s not about the pilgrims or anything like in the States, and it isn’t a Christian holiday though Christians and secular Christians celebrate it (you know, the people who celebrate Christmas for Santa rather than Jesus). It’s an honest-to-goodness old fashioned Harvest Festival (at least it is the way we do it), which is why I think I enjoy it so much.

I love cooking Thanksgiving dinner, in part because it involves so many of my favourite foods: turkey, squash, apples, stuffing, honey, cinnamon and nutmeg…  Everything turned out so well, and dinner was delicious, thanks to the entire family who all helped in their own ways (even if it just meant staying out of the kitchen).

We were lucky here in Nova Scotia to have had a cold snap last week (real mitten weather) which has finally made the leaves start to turn.  The weather this weekend, though, was in the mid 20s so we spent a lot of time out in the open air, walking in the woods and enjoying the smells and sounds of nature.

This time of year always makes me feel really alive and creative, almost in spite of the fact that the world is dying and going to sleep, only to be reborn in the Spring.  As in Game of Thrones, ‘Winter is Coming.’

I am thankful for so many things, not just at this time of year but always.  I have so many things to be thankful for.

I live in a country where as a woman I can vote, where I may marry whomever I choose, where my children are able to see a doctor whenever they need to and can go to school.  I live in a country where my daughter is treated the same as my son, and where being called a woman is not the worst insult one can give.  I live in a country where stupid people do stupid things, and people make bad choices, but are held accountable, and where the law applies to everyone, not just some.

Nothing is perfect, but I am so thankful that we have the ability to make things better and to effect political change without having to give our lives in the process.

I am thankful for my amazing children who astonish me every day and constantly keep me on my toes.

I am thankful for my incredible husband who works even harder so that I may live my dreams.

I am thankful for my mother, my sister, and my grandmother, whose unflinching support of my every endeavour borders on the insane.

Happy Harvest, everyone, and may the blessings of the Gods be upon you and yours.

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