Wednesday, November 22, 2006

IF - Happy Thanksgiving

Here in Canada we celebrate Thanksgiving in October so it feels like deja vu all over again this week. Canadian media is so enriched with American content it almost feels like Thanksgiving here again.

Besides the difference in scheduling there are some subtle differences in the way we enjoy our turkey-lisious holiday. Here Thanksgiving is a time when all Canadians give thanks to Sir John A. Mac Donald for defeating the giant squirrels, and creating maple syrup. A traditional thanksgiving dinner includes turkey, mashed potatoes, yams, and maple syrup gravy which is generously applied to everything. In our home after dinner the kids would gather in the front yard to watch Sir John wrestle the giant squirrel to the ground. When we grew older we realized that it was really mom and dad in costumes, and not the real Sir John A. and giant squirrel.

Despite the lack of giant squirrels and maple syrup, I still think that Americans know how to do Thanksgiving right. The Macy's Parade, Pilgrims, yams, and a super long weekend! Pickledog and I have so much to be thankful for this year, and we would like to wish all of our American friends a very Happy Thanksgiving!


Blogger Emila Yusof said...

very cute! Nice illustrations!

11:21 p.m.  
Blogger Michelle Lana said... cute david! great!

11:24 p.m.  
Blogger Brine Blank said...

Nice pic...I guess the only problem is that I'm saddened by the fact the giant squirrel deal has never made it down here...I guess we Americans might think it to be too 'commercial'...snicker

11:34 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Absoloodely Fantastic! Oh how I wish I too was a woodland creature and could join this wholesome bunch of Super Cute critters! :)

11:35 p.m.  
Anonymous Happy T-day! said...

I'm sure glad we've still got our giant squirrels here in the ol' USA.

cute illustration.

12:44 a.m.  
Blogger John Coulter said...

great illustration. love the textures and character design.
i'm thankful for your IF entries, they are always inspirational.


12:51 a.m.  
Blogger buep said...

Really nice picture!

7:24 a.m.  
Anonymous Marion said...

The syle and animals are fun.

10:44 a.m.  
Anonymous Marion said...

I mean style

10:45 a.m.  
Anonymous Nate said...

Ahh, nothing like dressing up as a large rabid squirrel. Glad we don't do that in the US, although it does sound kind of fun. Always love your illustration style.

11:53 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm calling my Uncle in Nepean to confirm your story! Cool illo, as always !

2:23 p.m.  
Blogger sage said...

ooo! brilliant!

10:16 p.m.  
Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

Wow, Mom and Dad really went to much trouble to convince you little ones of the Giant Squirrel. What a hilarious story! This was also educational since I really didn't know much about our neighbors to the north's Thanksgiving tradition. Typical ignorant American, huh? I love your illustration for this, and the mostly vegetarian feast you've portrayed for your critters.

4:02 p.m.  
Blogger Chickengirl said...

Hahah, wonderful story. The animals are adorable, I would love to go to that thanksgiving feast!

6:30 p.m.  

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