Friday, October 9, 2015

Canadians and Thanksgiving, The Time is Now!

This coming weekend while our friends south of the Border will be still dreaming about Turkey and all the fixings, Canadians will be in Full Turkey Mode!
It's time to get out the fancy glasses, a nice tablecloth, napkins, china and all the things we save for a "special day". For my family, it doesn't get more special than Thanksgiving. We like to celebrate and we like to do it up right!
Canadian Thanksgiving has had it's day celebrated at many different times of the Calendar year.  It was only in 1957 that Canadian passed a law that Thanksgiving would be celebrated on the second Monday in October.

Until that time, Canadians had sometimes celebrated the holiday and sometimes did not.  In the late 1850's it was celebrated in June following the end of one of the many battles of Upper and Lower Canada.  At that time Thanksgiving was only celebrated 6 times in a 15 year period.

In 1872 it was celebrated in April when the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) was returned to health, from a very serious illness.

So you see in Canada, we don't have the same attachment to Thanksgiving that our American cousins have.  Ours is still a very "young" holiday.
It doesn't mean that we don't do it up right, though. Most families will go that extra mile to make Thanksgiving dinner something to remember.
The important word is "Holiday", who doesn't enjoy those.  Added to the holiday is good food and family get togethers and you have a "holiday" that everyone enjoys.

Just to make it even more special, we will have all the fixings, Turkey and stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, squash soup, or a vegetable, some green salads and dessert of course.




Just to make everything perfect, a beautiful table and all the things needed to make dinner wonderful, joyful and thankful. While it's early for a lot of people to be thinking about Thanksgiving, just know that up north, we will be dining on Turkey and feeling very, very stuffed! Happy Thanksgiving to all, whenever you celebrate.

5 comments:

  1. I love Thanksgiving! It is a wonderful time of celebrate with family and to really consider what we all have to be thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving Olivia and to all of our Canadian friends!

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  2. One of my favorite holidays is Thanksgiving. I thing every country should celebrate it.

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  3. I think all of us in the United States ought to begin celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving.... as well as our own. Two Thanksgiving holiday get togethers and two turkey dinners.... sounds terrific to me! :) Happy 'Canadian' Thanksgiving Olivia, Barbara (Brite-Ideas) and Brenda ... and anyone else I've missed.

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  4. I love Thanksgiving, too, and didn't know until recent years that Canadians celebrated too, but on a very different date. Happy Thanksgiving, Canadian friends! I am thankful for all of you!

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  5. Just did my shopping today, our dinner is on the actual holiday this year, the Monday - planning 9 for a sit down celebration - lots of cooking and cleaning, but it's always nice, especially this year because mom will be here - Happy Canadian Thanksgiving, and thanks Pat for the best wishes - I hadn't realized the history behind the Holiday until reading this.

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