Enjoying the Season Day 9 – Canadian Thanksgiving

Week 2 Autumn Traditions

Day 9 Canadian Thanksgiving

The debate continues to rage – is Canadian Thanksgiving or American Thanksgiving better?

Essentially the focus is the same in both countries – gratitude expressed and family togetherness around a whole lotta food…and football.

Essentially just the timing is different by about 6 weeks. We celebrate it early here, north of the border.

I think it works because winter comes here first and it’s only natural since we actually celebrated Thanksgiving long before the yanks did at Plymouth Rock in 1621:) That’s right, Martin Frobisher did in 1578 in Newfoundland. In 1606 the French Canadians celebrated it too with the The Order of Good Cheer.

To find out more about it, read here. It’s absolutely true 🙂

Anyway, back to the debate…

For Canada

Personally the idea of expressing gratitude at the beginning of the the season is very attractive. Gets us started on the right foot, with the right focus.

The weather is usually at it’s peak in mid October, compared to the possibility of cold, rain and even snow in late November. Because it’s almost always GORGEOUS (like today) – the chances of getting out and enjoying it together are quite high…and we usually have the choice to eat our big feast outside…

the way the early settlers and native people would have. This is not even a possibility in late November, unless you are from the south – and you don’t count in this post. just kidding.

Its farther away from the holidays so it stands alone as a celebration, and it kind of gets things going, a nice natural flow from Thanksgiving through the fall, through Halloween, through Remembrance Day and into the Holidays.

For America

Giving thanks at the end of the season (autumn – of course it could be viewed as the beginning of the Christmas season).

Black Friday – of course this could be viewed as a con, because the day after expressing thanks, everyone is out participating in the commercialism of the holidays that so many detest.

Hmmm, this may sound severe, but celebrating it in Canada it feels like a wedding in the glory of October, where in the US in November it’s more like a wake – its darker, and almost sad…
I guess both could work…
That’s why we try to celebrate both 🙂
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
P. S. My annual Gratitude List gets posted tomorrow!

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