Thanksgiving is my favourite holiday of the year. I like it way better than Christmas, which I find annoying in the extreme because of its emphasis on consumerism.
Christmas is focused way too much on buying stuff, with a tidal wave of advertising flyers pouring into our building, designed to make us feel bad if we don't get the latest gadget or electronic doodad for our kith and kin.
Thanksgiving is focused on what it really important.The whole purpose of it is expressing gratitude for all the good things in your life, and as Canadians and cohousers, we have a lot to be thankful for.
So you can imagine my delight this month when I enjoyed not just one, or two, but three Thanksgiving dinners at Pacific Gardens, all of them scrumptious and eaten with good friends and good company.
The first was with my neighbour across the hall, Sharon, who cooked a Thanksgiving dinner for her son before she went on her holidays in early October so he wouldn't miss out.
She had so much turkey and mashed potatoes and veggies and gravy she needed help in eating it all, so she invited me, another neighbour, and her son's girlfriend - and there were still left-overs.
Then last night Pacific Gardens had its annual potluck Thanksgiving feast, with close to 40 people. We had the usual fare, but with additions from our gardens, and an enormous pumpkin pie among the many desserts.
After the meal we had some wonderful entertainment, with Raul on piano and vocals, David Weston on violin, followed by David Li playing the piano and singing, and Clare, who revealed a hitherto unknown talent for the piano that delighted us all.
However, because some people were away on Sunday, we decided to do it all over again tonight, with about 25 people, and it was even better. Kari made a pumpkin chocolate cheese cake that was absolutely irresistible.
Three Thanksgiving dinners in two weeks - now that's something to be grateful for!