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Happy Thanksgiving to our Canadian neighbors! Oct 8, 2012


Canadian Thanksgiving is a bit different than the holiday that we celebrate in the US.  They do get together and eat wonderful family meals together with Turkey and lots of side dishes.  They may get together any one of the three days in the long weekend, instead of just one day.

Found this video by a family about their dinner for Thanksgiving in Canada.

From a Huffington Post article –


As for why Canada’s Thanksgiving differs from the United States’ date, the answer is simply geography. Because of Canada’s northern climate, the harvest takes place earlier, so this feast to celebrate that bounty follows suit. As legend has it, the first Canadian Thanksgiving took place in 1578 to welcome home Martin Frobisher safely from his journey to discover the Northwest Passage, reported the Edmonton Journal.

Since that time, the Canadian Thanksgiving has taken on characteristics of both its British heritage and American neighbours, engaging in a huge meal filled with the delights of the season, as well as a genuine appreciation for all we have in Canada.

The Canadians do not have a “Black Friday” for shopping the way we do in the US.  They do celebrate Boxing Day as a holiday on December 26, and there are a lot of sales that day.
Enjoy time with your family whenever you can!!



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  1. October 9, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Such a cute video. Not much different than all the foods we serve, except maybe the turnips.

    • October 9, 2012 at 3:26 pm

      Hi Donna. Thanks. My family loves turnips. They were a favorite of my grandparents. My Grandfather always said that you could eat a whole pot full for 100 calories, and he was right. A boiled cup of turnip is just 34 calories. Of course, I like butter on there! LOL

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