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Our Canadian Thanksgiving is coming up soon - the October 9th weekend. I was thinking about my childhood Thanksgiving weekends and what I remember most.
There were four siblings in our family and we did not have much money. The Thanksgiving Turkey was such a treat! I looked forward to it so much - the mashed potatoes with gravy instead of the usual pototaes mashed with a fork, no milk, no butter, just dry lumpy potatoes. I used to drown mine in ketchup just so I could swallow them!
My dad always made the stuffing for the bird and while I don't recall specific flavours or what he put in it, I know I enjoyed it. Mother usually made a pumpkin pie, such a treat from her standard baked apple for dessert! I don't recall whip cream for that pie but it was yummy anyway.
The biggest thing for my siblings and I was the wishbone. Remember that? We all wanted that wishbone and whoever got it set it in the windowsill to dry, then waited anxiously for the right moment to pull it with a brother or sister and pray you got the wish!
One year I mentioned the wishbone to my grandchildren and they looked at me like I was nuts. It seems that's a tradition that may have died out.
One other thing my siblings and I argued over was who was getting the turkey leg. Of course with only 2 legs and 4 kids, two people had to go without. It seems to me we were supposed to take turns with two getting the legs at Thanksgiving and the other two at Christmas. But we always argued - "he had it last Christmas so it's my turn this Thanksgiving!" I can't remember how it was resolved. Probably whoever argued loudest and longest lost out!
All in all, I have only good memories of Thanksgiving and am looking forward to my own Thanksgiving Dinner preparations next weekend!