In Canada we celebrate thanksgiving this coming Monday, October 9. Canada celebrates thanksgiving in October rather than November. That seems a more appropriate time to me because that is at the end of the harvest season whereas November is in the middle of stone-cold winter, but I suppose that depends on where you live to some extent. As I understand it, Americans have their thanksgiving in late November so they will know when to start Christmas shopping. We have no such bellwether to guide us and it has had a terrible effect on our economy. Merchants are never sure when the shopping season starts either so they are never sure whether they have had a good season or not. It is all very disorganized here. We have another thanksgiving custom that is somewhat different too. The standard for American thanksgiving dinner is the butterball turkey. We are too far north to raise butterball turkeys so we make do with butterball ravens. Today we got ours at Safeway for our thanksgiving on Monday. Years ago people had butterball bears for thanksgiving but with the smaller families of today, it’s just not practical. Leftovers would last until breakup!