If you still have leftovers from Thanksgiving in your fridge, toss them now. In our house we try to follow the — "two hours — two inches — four days" rule:
• Two hours from oven to refrigerator: Refrigerate or freeze leftovers within two hours of cooking. Otherwise throw them away.
• Two inches thick to cool it quick: Store food at a shallow depth — about two inches — to speed chilling in the refrigerator.
• Four days in the refrigerator — otherwise freeze it: Use leftovers from the refrigerator within four days. Exception: use stuffing and gravy within two days. So by this time, everything in your fridge should be used up or tossed.
I hope you had a great Thanksgiving last weekend. Turkey, food, family and shopping. Wait a second, shopping is not a tradition associated with "Canadian Thanksgiving" but maybe it should be. Maybe Thanksgiving should be moved altogether. Let's move Thanksgiving from October to a Thursday in November. Now before I get more letters from readers telling me to move to the USA, stop and think about this idea as an actual possibility, in all seriousness. There are three very convincing reasons to move our Thanksgiving to coincide with the US holiday. After all, our Easter is the same as theirs, our Christmas and New Year's is the same. Heck, we even changed our time when George W. Bush thought it was a good idea to chance our daylight savings time. So why not Thanksgiving?
1) With more "blended families" in 2012 it would give families that can't be together for the Christmas break, a chance to have "two Christmases."
Many Americans put the tree up well before Thanksgiving, and by putting yours up, you can have another holiday like Christmas for that family member who might otherwise be with another family, with a divorced member of another family, or just not available altogether.
2) The year's only four day weekend. Now I realize not everyone would get all four days off, but for most of us the Thursday to Sunday holiday would be an amazing break after a busy fall. And for most, the ONLY four day weekend of the entire year.
3) Moving the holiday will keep many cross border shoppers at home. This is the most compelling way to keep Black Friday Shoppers at home. Black Friday is more than just a day, it’s a tradition, and a reason for hard-core shoppers to exist and for many Canadians, this tradition is coming north.
Only problem is MOST Canadian retailers don't take part in "American" Black Friday sales. All US retailers do. It’s tough to compete. Some Canadian retailers can actually compete with US prices these days, but when you have five per cent of Canadian retailers trying to keep customers here with Black Friday promotions versus 99 per cent of US retailers, it’s a tough sell. And now that the duty free exemption limits have changed, I predict retailers on this side of the border will feel the effects of Black Friday like they never have before.
According to a recent survey commissioned by Visa Canada, about a third of Canadian shoppers said they were likely to shop at American retailers between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, either online or in person. Web shoppers are already doing their homework and eyeing upcoming sale prices in the U.S. In fact Google statistics for the last few years show Canadian searches for Black Friday now exceed searches for Boxing Day. However, as the advancement of online shopping continues, many Canadians are also taking in "Cyber-Monday." That's the US Thanksgiving hangover sale that focuses on e-commerce, where shoppers find deals on both sides of the border only online. A survey for PayPal Canada found 5two per cent of Canadians were aware of Cyber Monday, up from two4 per cent the year before. And even for sites that don't ship to Canada, there are mail boxes and farms turned to businesses close to the U.S. border that will accept packages for you for a small fee. What do our Facebook friends think of moving Thanksgiving?
Jody Caslick — It is what it is, Thanksgiving is always an October holiday before the busy Christmas season. Let’s keep it.
Amanda Rockley — U need a break of turkey for a month! October is good time!
Amber Vandale — Too much turkey too close together! Go October!
Cynthia Korman — That would take us one step closer to being just like the USA!
Diane Muirhead — The whole Thanksgiving tradition is being lost. So let’s take a few days to gather family and enjoy the day in October!
Melissa Storey — Interesting fact, Canadian thanksgiving used to be the same as the US.
Natasha Marshall — We have always celebrated and we always will. I don't think the tradition is going anywhere in my family!
Lori Crooks — We are Canadian and we like it the way it is. They have their holiday, so let us keep ours, the way it is.
So based on those who "weighed in" on Facebook this week, the tradition of Thanksgiving in October should stay put. Interesting results, since many of our Facebook friends with either be crossing the border Nov 23 for Black Friday, or jumping online on the 26th to get deals from retailers who do little if anything to support our local economy. I think we really need to level the playing field for Canadian retailers, we need four days off, and I would like to celebrate Christmas with a big meal and ALL MY family and friends even when we can’t gather on Dec 24 or 25. Moving the holiday is the solution to all our turkey troubles. But then the question isn’t just "what do we do with our Turkey leftovers?" AND our leftover holiday — Boxing Day? Let’s change it to RRSP Day, and maybe instead of taking our Christmas cash and spending it, we use that cash to help us with the looming tax man, just days after the holiday is done. Then again RRSP Day sounds to formal. Tax shelter day? Money in the mattress Day? Save it for a rainy day, day?
JOKE THIS WEEK
After torturing her family through the Thanksgiving holiday, an old woman finally checked with her doctor about her embarrassing problem.
"I fart all the time, Doctor Johnson, but they're soundless, and they have no odor. In fact, since I've been here, I've farted no less than twenty times. What can I do?"
"Here's a prescription, Mrs. Harris. Take these pills three times a day for seven days and comeback and see me in a week."
Next week an upset Mrs. Harris marched into Dr. Johnson's office. "Doctor, I don't know what was in those pills, but the problem is worse! I'm farting just as much, but now they smell terrible! What do you have to say for yourself?"
"Calm down, Mrs.Harris," said the doctor soothingly. "Now that we've fixed your sinuses, we'll work on your hearing."
Missie Kuipers Maclean
Shelly Dixon Brown
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 13, 2012