Thanksgiving in Canada

To me, Thanksgiving is a time for reflection. A time to truly contemplate on what I have, and to which I should be thankful. Being born in Canada has always topped that list. I haven’t been to many places to compare, but I like the calmness of Canada compared to many of the violent countries. Though, it does feel like Canada is catching up some days.

I hope you get to enjoy a grand feast with loved ones. But, please remember, the feast is secondary, and time with loved ones always ranks first.

The Thanksgiving we celebrate was implemented on January 31, 1957. Parliament announced that the second Monday of the month of October would be the official ‘Thanksgiving Day’. It was declared as “a day of general Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed.”

Past history refers to coming together to be thankful for that year’s harvest. Although, back in those days, they were probably more thankful all the harvesting was finally done. Another good thing to be thankful for is being born in a time of microwaves and running water. Thank you! Being a female before running water must have been challenging.

Here in Canada Thanksgiving has more of a celebratory Pagan feel to it than the American Thanksgiving, which honors pilgrims finding them and is celebrated approximately six weeks later, due to the later harvest time.

Thanksgiving is often a time to entertain, so here’s some helpful links to make the day run smoothly:

Gobble gobble!

all recipes.com — Generally I can find multiple recipes for near anything I could want.
— Thanksgiving pictures to colour.
— Crafts to keep the kids busy.

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