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3 Sources for Fun Thanksgiving Cartoons

It's Friday. Be honest. While you might still be the dedicated employee you always are, there's a little corner of the mind reflecting on fun and relaxation. This is even harder to avoid in Canada today as we head into a long weekend. Our thoughts of an entertaining Saturday and Sunday also include Monday as we prepare to celebrate our Thanksgiving. So, yes, sitting at my desk, focussing on the work before me, my mind does periodically stray to the huge to-do lists at home. There is a massive one for the grocery and liquor stores. Then the list of reminders. There is the fresh turkey to pick up. There is cleaning and laundry to be done. There is a myriad of tiny details, from decorating the table to making the deck presentable again as the weather is supposed to be perfect, to be completed. And of course, there is a meal to get ready. But my mind also reflects on the anticipated fun. I look forward to watching the camaraderie among my kids. I can hardly wait for the s

164 Thanksgiving-Themed Animations

In just a few days,  our family, along with other Canadians, will be celebrating Thanksgiving. This means a busy time of preparation ahead for me, with a house to clean, errands to run, groceries to buy and food to prepare. Beneath all of the busyness, however, is a barely-contained excitement. For one whole day, all of my children will be under my roof again, bringing with them their partners and my grandbabies. This year too we are blessed to have my 94-year-old mother joining us as well as my daughter's mother-in-law, who would otherwise have been spending the day alone. It will be a full house and I couldn't be more thrilled. It's what the day is meant to be —  happiness in being with family,  gratitude in having mom still with us, and the pleasure in sharing our blessings with another. I don't remember childhood Thanksgivings the way I remember those Christmases. My maternal grandmother really enjoyed the latter and her attitude left an indelible memory. The

How to Get Better Thanksgiving Photos

When it comes to family gatherings, I'm the lady with the camera in your face. I learned a long time ago the value of taking copious photos of loved people and favourite places. When a dear young friend passed away as the result of a tragic car crash her passion for photography helped create a poignantly fitting tribute. The slide show at the celebration of her life was comprised of her beautiful pictures of sunsets, loved ones and selfies. To see that cherished face and those of the people she cherished was a comfort. When it was over, I vowed that I was going to do better at recording the important moments in life. And I believe I have stayed faithful to that.  With the exception of a camera shy son-in-law, everyone near and dear to me has accepted that they will have their picture taken when they're with me. Often. What this means  I've noticed though,  is that getting a fresh perspective can be challenging. Otherwise it becomes the same people in different posit

3,500 Great Illustrations to Celebrate Canada's Thanksgiving

In Canada, when we celebrate Thanksgiving as we will this weekend, there will be no kids dressed in Pilgrim costumes.  There will be no day off after to take advantage of the sales and get a jump start on our Christmas shopping. These are among the few differences between the holiday here and the one celebrated south of the border.  However the intention behind this occasion is the same. It's about being thankful. As our American counterparts do for their Thanksgiving, held on the fourth Thursday of November,  we will be roasting turkeys and baking pumpkin pies.  We will be gathering our families together to enjoy the holiday and express our gratitude for the many blessings in our lives. Outdoor Thanksgiving decorations will reflect the colours and celebration of harvest with cornstalks, pumpkins, hay and mums. Inside the homes, tables and sideboards will be adorned with leaves, horns of plenty and gourds. No matter where you live, you don't have to be a fan of autum

Count Your Blessings With These Thanksgiving Photos

One week from today is the Canadian Thanksgiving. Like its American counterpart the time is intended for gathering together as family and focussing on the blessings one has in life. As my kids and theirs sit around the dining room table, before digging in to the turkey dinner they are required to acknowledge at least one thing for which they are, or have been, grateful.  My reminder that this will happen is greeted each year with moans, groans and a bit of teasing. But deep down I think it's something they enjoy. The world puts challenges and heartbreaks before us which can often make it difficult to keep our focus on the many good things that surround us, the pleasures and joys we can count among our daily godsends.  Taking a moment to acknowledge at least one that has been significant for you,  proclaiming it aloud for others to hear is like showering the entire group with a sense of gratitude. Over the years,  new additions to the family, the bounteous table, continued g