Well this thread is a little early, but still, happy thanksgiving all!
Canadian Thanksgiving, or Canadian Thanksgiving Day (Canadian French: Jour de l'Action de grâce), occurring on the second Monday in October, is an annual Canadian holiday to give thanks at the close of the harvest season.
On Thursday, January 31, 1957, the Canadian Parliament 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."
I've heard of Canadian Thanksgiving but I don't know the story.
The Pilgrims had a harsh winter the year before and almost died off, but the local Indian tribes taught them how to grow food that next year and they had a bountiful harvest. A lot of it has been romanticized over the years and it's hard to get the real story of what all actually happened. That, and I think Sir Walter Snelling became the first guy to take those black olives and stick them on the ends of his fingers. Oh, and there was a roasted turkey involved and a cornucopia full of treats. Something like that.
So what's the historical reference behind Canadian Thanksgiving? No fair copying our Pilgrim story. What happened in Canada back in the Olden Days?
You guys have fun up there in Canada!!! I'm American so I'll have to wait for my turkey until November.
PS: I like to eat. I know this is going to sound stupid, but....I can't wait for apple pie along with a tall glass of milk on Thanksgiving day here in America. I really love pie. That's not a joke. It's one of my favorite foods!!!