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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 9:33 am 
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American Thanksgiving is totally a bigger thing than Canadian Thanksgiving, I think. Here, only some people celebrate it. We also only typically get one day off (a Monday), so travelling to be with family is never really a thing.

I loved US Thanksgiving so much that I have adopted that as when we celebrate. Mostly because October sneaks up too quickly and I'm usually not in the mood to cook massive meals.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 9:51 am 
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Lots of people here in the US only get one day off. I have known my ex SIL for more than 20 years now, and everytime I see her on Thanksgiving Day she asks me if I want to do something on Friday. And everytime I have to remind her that I do NOT have the day off, and that unless I change my line of work, I never will!

Sometimes it's very hard to get things done on the Friday after. Food places are closed, staff missing...I still have to eat on Friday, you know??


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 9:54 am 
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I'm being really lazy and watching the parade when I really should be getting ingredients ready and thinking about my cooking strategy. But I just feel so lazy this morning!


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 10:13 am 
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I usually take friday off as a vacation day because a 4 day weekend is awesome and a day off then a weekend is much less awesome. So tomorrow I'm not working.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 10:18 am 
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We are not allowed to take the day off. :(

On another note, I love chatting with my Mom over the phone while watching the parade. Her and her coworkers have made a lot of the costumes worn on the floats and the apron thingies that the balloon handlers wear. So I'm like "Mamma! Did you make that? Did you make the teddy bear costume? Did you make the pilgrim costume?" and so on...and on...


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 10:20 am 
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Damn that sucks. My boss said the other day "I assume all of you are taking Friday off, let me know if you aren't". Although yesterday was so slow at work because lots of people take Wednesday off as well.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 10:28 am 
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paprikapapaya wrote:
But you guys have Thanksgiving day parades! And spend all day cooking! It's not like that here. Family dinners definitely happen, but it's not on par with what I'm reading people are putting into their meals.
Yeah, I was thinking the same thing myself, actually. I mean, I think Canadians certainly enjoy their Thanksgivings, but you guys really whoop it up in my eyes.

And I also noticed the stress US folks seem to be experiencing around TG seems kind of considerable like it's just a bigger deal than I'm used to seeing here.

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I think that's because Americans are good at creating stress where it doesn't necessarily need to be. But then I'm having a piece of pie for breakfast from my work place and will have a simple meal later followed by a waterfront walk and sewing.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 12:17 pm 
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That sounds glorious, pc! Happy day.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 12:27 pm 
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My best friend and her sister both posted that they're having the worst Thanksgiving ever, but neither is answering my texts, so I'm stuck wondering what's going on with them until she answers.


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Other than a small fight I refused to engage in (about pension plans of all things!), it's been a good day so far.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 1:09 pm 
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I found it interesting that they don't have Thanksgiving in the UK but they have Black Friday sales.
I thought the two went hand in hand.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 2:21 pm 
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I ate too much. I am too full for pie! The horror. I'll just have to have the pie for supper.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 2:49 pm 
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Made two pecan pies! Managed to find somewhere open that had soy milk this morning thank god, but jeeeeez, it took so long. (ended up being right across the street, I assumed originally that it was closed). Didn't have earth balance/any margarine, so instead of margarine, I used half coconut oil and half frozenish canola oil for the caramel. We'll see how it turns out!!

Also, so much food. Probably going to fill my plate with roasted sweet potatoes & brussel sprouts and eat a little bit of everything else.

I spent a whole lot of time cooking today but am really happy because it's all looking so delicious and I've really enjoyed spending the day with my family. (which is really what the holiday is about in my opinion, though there is a significant focus on food!)

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 3:05 pm 
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Meggs wrote:
I found it interesting that they don't have Thanksgiving in the UK but they have Black Friday sales.
I thought the two went hand in hand.

Whoa, they have Black Friday sales? That is so weird. We don't even have that here.

The other thing with Canadian Thanksgiving is that people seem to celebrate on whatever day of the weekend they like, so there is generally no race to the death for that last can of pumpkin. And there is more produce in season in general, because in most parts of Canada it's already gotten too cold for local Brussels sprouts and cranberries by late November.

By I do maintain that I like how crazy you guys go for Thanksgiving!


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The working-for-family drama has reached a sort of good stage, but I'm going to have to very seriously start applying for full time work. We've agreed that I'm going to take time off for a few years and go back to it then where there's actually a point me being there and I don't hate it. It might not sound like it, but it's a good thing. I won't be murdering anyone!

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 3:47 pm 
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vijita wrote:
Meggs wrote:
I found it interesting that they don't have Thanksgiving in the UK but they have Black Friday sales.
I thought the two went hand in hand.

Whoa, they have Black Friday sales? That is so weird. We don't even have that here.

Do they? I have never noticed that... I've only heard of Black Friday thru the ppk, I think. Boxing Day is where all the nutty sales go on here that result in people queuing up outside Next in foil blankets at 4am.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 4:01 pm 
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Remember not to cross picket lines on Black Friday!

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/20 ... day-strike


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Meggs wrote:
I found it interesting that they don't have Thanksgiving in the UK but they have Black Friday sales.
I thought the two went hand in hand.

I've never seen a Black Friday sale in the UK - except for Amazon online, which only started last year.

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Remember not to cross picket lines on Black Friday!

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/20 ... day-strike


As long as the birds don't start picketing because I excluded them from pumpkin pie this year by selfishly adding nutmeg, we're good here. I think it would take the zombie apocalypse or similar to get any of us out of the house for any reason. (I mixed leftover pumpkin with brown sugar and cinnamon. Is this going to fool the macaw or will I be in trouble?)

Oops. Except me. I have an MRI at 8:30 am and will most definitely stop at Starbucks for a treat after that horrid ordeal. I'm freaking a little because it's an open MRI, but then they called back and suggested a sedative anyway, but it was too late to get a prescription.

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JonnyWoop wrote:
Remember not to cross picket lines on Black Friday!

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/20 ... day-strike


My husband and I don't go to any stores except grocery from yesterday until January 2nd. It helps keep us sane.

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Unmentionable food item just went into the oven a while ago with over 2 hours to go, so dinner will not be until around 7. Molly and I are passing the time finishing the wine I used in my mushroom gravy and parsnips. (I'm drinking, she is trying to figure out how to district me long enough for her to get some. Sadly for her, I'm still a little smarter, at least for the moment.)

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Perhaps it was only at the retail store I worked at... and at Sports Direct...

Just had an awesome Thanksgiving meal- best since I've been vegan (but I'm lazy and never cook for myself).
Vijita, come here next Thanksgiving!


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people queuing up outside Next in foil blankets at 4am.

HAHAHAHA. Or maybe Jedward singing Christmas carols in a small mall?


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Jedward 'dancing' at Braehead... of all the missed opportunities in life... Yeah, ok, that's probably not up there so much.

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