Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thanksgiving - Canadian Edition

Before I get started, I would just like to thank Lindsey for inviting me over to share my thoughts on her blog, even though I am a tool and forgot her name! She is an absolute doll, and I adore reading her blog, so I am honored!

This is my second guest blog post, and I've started noticing a bit of a theme.. It ALWAYS has to do with something thats comes back to me being a Canadian!

I know that there are a lot of Americans that don't know that we actually celebrate Thanksgiving in October. This year, it was Monday October 11, 2010. It is always celebrated on the second Monday each October. I can't say I mind! I actually LOVE that it's in October. I've always been used to the Christmas tree being up in early November, and this is pretty much winter for us anyways! We've already had 2 snow falls.. Thanksgiving just belongs in Fall..

This is how most Canadians feel about the American Thanksgiving:
Here is a bit of a history lesson for you:
The Canadian Thanksgiving Day came about because of a combination of traditions. Before the first Europeans arrived in North America, the farmers in Europe held celebrations at harvest. The farm workers filled a curved goat's horn with fruit and grain to give thanks for their harvest having been a good one. This horn was called a Horn of Plenty, or a Cornucopia. The farm workers who started a new life in Canada took this tradition with them.

In Newfoundland in 1578, the English navigator Martin Frobisher held a ceremony to give thanks for surviving the long journey. As other settlers arrived they continued these ceremonies.

In 1621, in what is now the United States of America, the Pilgrims celebrated their harvest in the New World. By the 1750's settlers moving to Canada from America had taken this celebration to Nova Scotia. At the same time, French settlers arriving in Canada with the explorer Samuel de Champlain held thanksgiving feasts and shared their food with their Indian neighbours. After the seven years war ended in 1763 the citizens of Halifax held a special day of Thanksgiving.

At the time of the American Revolution, the people who remained loyal to the Government in England moved to Canada and spread the Thanksgiving celebration to other parts of the country. Other English settlers were also used to having a harvest celebration in their churches every Autumn.

In 1879 the Canadian Parliament declared the 6th November as a day of Thanksgiving and a national holiday. Over the years the date has changed with the third Monday in October being the most popular time. Finally on the 31st January 1957 the Canadian Parliament proclaimed that:
'A Day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God
for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has
been be observed on the second Monday in October.'

I can't lie though.. as I sit here thinking about turkey.. stuffing, and cranberry sauce, I am starting to wish OUR Thanksgiving was in November..


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