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Roll Out A Gorgeous Thanksgiving Dinner with None of the Fuss

Updated on December 14, 2013

It's time again for a good old fashioned Canadian Thanksgiving celebration.

As the October days shorten in the homeland, for Canadians abroad it may be a whole different story. I'm not Canadian, but the next best thing - Alaskan! For me and lots of northerners, Thanksgiving without rain, storm, or gloom just seems misplaced, but I've done it.

I've celebrated Thanksgiving with a dip in a tropical ocean. The thing I missed the most was the big home cooked meal, and in 2013 I've found just the ticket to create a back home atmosphere for my vacation home.

Thanks to Wallmonkeys' creativity, it's a cinch to unroll a Thanksgiving poster, out from hiding for it's Summer holiday on the shelf. One of these vinyl wall decals transforms my vacation spot. To deck the beachfront or safari or Asian setting, and enhance the holiday connection, easily removable portable wall decor just might ring the bell.

If I were a Canadian expat, Thanksgiving Dinner would be out at a local dinner house - maybe even surfside, or on a floating Hong Kong ferry, but I wouldn't need to leave the afterglow of the meal back at the restaurant. I'd plan my application for the greatest impact, when returning to my home away from home.

If I wanted the kids to see the display first thing on Thanksgiving Day morning, it would be easy to do it up right the night before, after their bedtime. My choice for the large wall decal is above the buffet on the dining room wall, opposite the entrance from the hallway.

With the Wallmonkeys Decal the sight of a laden holiday table from our coldish northern land still enhances the holiday - without getting up at 4 AM to put the bird in the oven. Simply by following the simple steps to moisten the wall by ii, and then unroll the gorgeous decal while spreading it flat on the wall.

Happy Happy Thanksgiving Day to all Canadians and everyone else who celebrates the day!

photo credits: the photo below, and the background frame photo are mine ©2013 Leslie Sinclair

Enhance the vacation getaway by setting the mood like you did back home in Canada.

I'm from North America, and I once spent Thanksgiving on a Caribbean Isle. I couldn't think of a more foreign environment for the holiday of my old home country - where the ground was often covered with snow on that favorite of all holidays. So it must feel for my Canadian neighbors - those who no longer celebrate in Canada and those who party across the globe.

Back in that day I'd never heard of an inflatable turkey - oh, maybe it was a jokester's tool of the trade, but this goes one step further. It would be fun to set the puffed up bird on the rattan table, or even to carry into the bedroom on a platter for someone who's taking a lazy vacation day.

Imagine the delight for a Canadian to open up a greeting card only to find a beautiful little red maple leaf, when she's feeling homesick on a foreign shore. Just a little token from home could really feed the homesick bird.

Creative Co-op 12 Battery Operated LED Tealight Candles Flameless Heatless Faux Wedding Holiday Christmas Thanksgiving Party Light
Creative Co-op 12 Battery Operated LED Tealight Candles Flameless Heatless Faux Wedding Holiday Christmas Thanksgiving Party Light

These new LED flameless candles are perfect for packing and bringing out to create a warm holiday glow in living room or around the dining table.

Accoutrements Inflatable Turkey
Accoutrements Inflatable Turkey

Take the spoof one step further and blow up a turkey, for some old fashioned Canadian Winter Thanksgiving feeling to a day spent in a far distant land.


Enjoy some chummy family celebrations and facts - even a comparison between Canadian and American Thanksgivings.

Some say the Canadian Thanksgiving Celebration began back in the 1500s and the American festival began a good 50 years later, but others hold that the Americans started the day and their counterparts to the north became copycats. Whatever the truth, all the stories are fun. Get a kick out of the family song that celebrates the glories of the country with the big red leaf.

Red Maple Leaf
Red Maple Leaf

Do you celebrate either of these two Thanksgivings?

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    • lesliesinclair profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @smine27: Isn't that a funny bit of decor. I can think of lots of uses! I can only imagine how one would miss that majestic dinner. I once ate the meal at a fancy Caribbean restaurant, hungry for dressing (often my favorite part of the dinner). My typical helping of sage dressing would cover about half my plate --- but they served a tiny ice cream scoopful and that was it!

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      Shinichi Mine 

      5 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      The inflatable turkey is hilarious! After my move to Japan I do miss the traditional thanksgiving dinners.

    • lesliesinclair profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @Adventuretravels: Thanks for the reminder that I left the wishes out of my lens. I'll get right to it. Happy Thanksgiving preparation to you.

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      5 years ago from UK

      I am not from Canada - but my dream is to visit you all one day! Happy Thanks giving.

    • lesliesinclair profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @sousababy: It's one mutual admiration society. I love it every time I drive into Canada, but it's been years now.

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      5 years ago

      We Canadians know how lucky we are to have America as our neighbor. Love the inflatable turkey. Years ago, a friend of mine attending university abroad was mailed a package full of autumn leaves from Canada - she thought it was the greatest thing. (That little red maple leaf charm you feature reminded me of that and your photos).


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