I’m not Canadian. I live in a city known for brusk directness (you know, that Apple). Hockey frightens me. I have yet to enjoy the pleasure of Tim Horton's. In fact, I’ve only visited Canada twice. But despite the cultural gulf that separates us, there’s at least one thing I have in common with our northern neighbor: Thanksgiving.

Just like us, Canadians celebrate the harvest and other blessings of the past year every autumn. One of the only differences is that their day of gratitude is a little earlier. This year, Canadian families will gather together on Monday, October 9th. While I’m sure many of our Canadian readers already set their Thanksgiving menus, we have some last-minute inspiration. And for our U.S. readers, there's nothing wrong with giving thanks twice.

Centerpiece-worthy Mains

Bacon Bird with Turkey Neck Gravy
Bacon Bird with Turkey Neck Gravy by aargersi
The Food Lab's Crown Roast of Pork with Caramelized Applesauce
The Food Lab's Crown Roast of Pork with Caramelized Applesauce by Food52

Supportive Sides

Mashed Potatoes with Caramelized Onions
Mashed Potatoes with Caramelized Onions by Food52
How to Make Cranberry Sauce Without a Recipe
How to Make Cranberry Sauce Without a Recipe by Sarah Jampel

Sweet Bites

Grandma Joan's Butter Tarts
Grandma Joan's Butter Tarts by CrepesofWrath
Meta Given's Pumpkin Pie
Meta Given's Pumpkin Pie by Genius Recipes

Okay, Canadians: How are you celebrating Thanksgiving this year?