Reservation For 26?


It’s Thanksgiving Day, and while most households would be abuzz with preparations for the traditional family dinner, this day each year, my house turns into a “restaurant” for 26 people (as of our last count). 

My wife Bette and I clear out the main hall of our 1,100-square-foot bungalow and rent bar tables, round tables and kids’ tables and chairs good for 26 people. Those include our small family of 4 and our good friends.

Then my wife and I get busy preparing the turkey and our family’s traditional Thanksgiving cabbage rolls (I do help out if I can find the time, as I like to cook!). With each of our guests bringing their own traditional dishes, we always have a feast! 

Oh, they’re a most interesting and eclectic bunch, these special friends whom we’ve kept through some 15 years from a small group that just kept growing. 

During these dinners, besides sampling the great food, I love to sit back and just let everyone have a good time. When I do that, I see much more of who they really are. And as all of us relax, something wonderful just seems to happen! For example, I still chuckle over an unforgettable memory of two of my good friends doing an unlikely karaoke showdown after having one too many glasses of wine, and becoming better pals after that!

That reminds me of what Thanksgiving really is to me: a day of gratitude for family and great friends, who keep our spirits alive.


To all my fellow Canadians, happy Thanksgiving Day!


Would you like a stress-free real estate experience? If you or someone you know is looking to buy or sell in the next few months, call me today at 403-259-4141 and I’ll put you and your needs first.


About Brad Willson

Brad Willson has been making home buying, selling and investing in the Calgary area smooth and stress-free for nearly a decade. He is an awardee in the Calgary Real Estate Board Million Dollar Club, a member of the RE/MAX 100% Club and a recipient of the RE/MAX Hall of Fame Award, and is one of the few Certified Condominium Specialists in the Calgary area. Brad is as devoted to his clients as he is to his wife and two children who are now young adults.

(Photo above courtesy of Dennis Wong)


About bradwillson

For nearly a decade, Brad has been a hardworking Calgary real estate agent with RE/MAX and specializes in residential real estate and working with investors. He prides himself on making transactions smooth for both buyers and sellers and continually expands his knowledge of the industry. Brad is one of the few Certified Condominium Specialists in the Calgary area. Brad’s level of professionalism has also brought him recognition as an awardee in the Calgary Real Estate Board Million Dollar Club and as a member of the Re/Max 100% Club. Brad originally hails from Penticton, British Columbia and moved to Calgary with his wife Bette and their two children in 2002. Prior to his becoming a realtor, he was the General Manager for a printing company that employed nearly 200 people. When Brad isn’t busy selling Calgary real estate, he is usually making plans for his annual vacation trek to Central America.
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