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Old October 10th, 2005, 08:00 PM
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A local newspaper article:

Giving thanks crosses border. Thankgiving a low-key holiday in Canada compared to celebrations in U.S.

''In the U.S., they have a four-day weekend and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

In Canada, we get a three-day weekend and no parade. to speak of.

In the U.S., Thanksgiving kicks off the Christmas holiday shopping season.

In Canada, we exchange our turkeys for jack-o'-lantern and start hunting for Halloween costume.



In the U.S., they spend half the day stuffing themselves with turkey and the other half lying on the couch recovering.

In Canada, well, we that too.

But there's no doubt that Thanksgiving is a much bigger deal deal to Americans than it is to Canadians.

''I think Christmas is a religious holiday and American who are Jewish or Muslim don't celebrate it, so I would rank Thanksgiving as the most popular holiday because it isn't defined by a religious philosophy anymore.''says Kathleen Curtin.

In Canada, Thanksgiving is more a tradition of harvest time.
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American Thanksgiving is actually my favorite holiday. I like that it's a huge deal south of the border.

It's not about religion or politics or gift giving (receiving). It's about being together with family and friends and being thankful for having them. I find it a very positive holiday, encouraging postive things.

Though in the US the day after is THE BIGGEST shopping day of the year

American Thanksgiving is also always held on a Thursday... though many people don't get Friday as a day off work, so not officially a 4 day weekend.

In Canada the Monday is a "statuatory holiday", but really not that big a deal.
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Thanks Bill for the info. You guys up there must remember that a lot of us down here, are not as aware of Canadian things like we should. We have enough trouble keeping up with what is going on down here.

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Now does anyone know when your Thanksgiving started?
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BW, actually your Canadian Thanksgiving sounds a lot less expensive .

Though having said that, Keith and I really have a WHOLE LOT to be thankful for this year. Last year, Thanksgiving and Christmas were awful; I doubt Keith even knew they were happening because of his illness abd the terrible drugs that he was on which completely changed his personality.

This morning at the gym, I told Keith he had to get his arms strong to carry in a seven-foot Christmas tree. I know I keep harping on our past awful year and a half. But now I feel really overwhelmed at how much we have to be thankful for (even if it is bad grammar!).

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Luanne, I'm not sure when Thanksgiving first started, but like you, it involved native Indians. Canadian Thanksgiving is earlier than our neighbours "down south" simply because our harvest season is earlier up north.
It's not a big holiday here, but it is a time to give thanks, and tonight at my sister's we gave thanks for all the Thanksgiving dinners my mom made in the past, and for the new home that my sister has now, and for being able to be together with family and friends.
I had my turkey and I am happy!

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Thanks Donna

Hope you feel better soon.

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All this talk of turkey is making me salivate. Think I'll be cooking a turkey in the near future - I can't wait another month and a half.
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Actually I did cook a turkey with the trimmings yesterday since I had the day off for Columbus day. MikaLyn our teen came home from her father's house walked in as I was setting up the table and said "Is it Thanksgiving or somthing?" I said yup and pointed out that it was in Canada. She said sounded as good a reason as any for a good turkey dinner.
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LUANE:

Since you asked, I made a web search and found:

What is considerd the first Canadian Thanksgiving celebration goes back to the year 1578.

Through the years, a few changes were made as to the date or timing of the celebration.

However, on January 31st, 1957, Parliament (your equivalent of Congress) proclaimed:

''A day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the Bountiful Harvest with which Canada has been blessed...to be observed on the 2nd Monday in October''

Now, you know the rest of the story.

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Thanks Bill, I should have done that search myself. I am just glad that everyone seemed to have a good Thanksgiving Day.

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