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What do all these things have in common? All three of them are related to both the US and Canadian Thanksgiving Holiday. “I don’t buy free-range organic turkey…” you say. Well to that, I stand high on my soap box and say, “You should.”

In recognition of the Canadian Thanksgiving Holiday this weekend (Oct. 11th–to be exact) I decided to do some research in anticipation of Jack asking “Why are we celebrating Thanksgiving again?” when we indulge on another turkey feast in November. After my extensive research (okay, one website clearly defined everything I needed to know) on the Canadian Thanksgiving holiday, I finally found the answer to the question I’d been asking myself over and over: Why is the Canadian Thanksgiving on a different day from the American Thanksgiving? There had to be a reason.

My first inkling on this elusive (not really) question was: Americans simply celebrate Thanksgiving in November because Bud Light always has a real good sale then, the tryptophan in the turkey is higher (the tryptophan is allowed to build longer in their system) and lastly, because all Americans can take the next day off (which is already a Friday anyway–so what’s one day) and shop like one of the Housewives of Orange County–running each other over and trampling the weak just to get a $5 laptop at Wal-Mart. Really, it’s true.  I’ll have to address this situation later because apparently, Canadians do have a Black Friday–it’s called Boxing Day (Dec 26th)–so just when you’ve shopped like one of the Housewives for the past month (or since July if you’re like my mother)–you go back out the day after unwrapping all your parcels and shop some more….Housewives watch out!

Enough about that–that will be a future post: Boxing Day: Get into the Ring and Shop! (and yes Canadians, I know it has nothing to do w/actual boxing…).

Whew! Boxing Day just keeps weaving its way into my Thanksgiving post! Stop that! This isn’t your month!

On to Thanksgiving–so as I was saying…after my extensive research and note taking–the official answer to my question is this: Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving on the second month of October because it is a celebration of a successful harvest. And, as everyone knows-they are farther north than the US (if you didn’t know that, then quite simply put, you are a moron)–hence, if they were to celebrate a successful harvest in November when the Americans do–they’d be chomping on Corn on the Cob popsicles. By the time the US decides to celebrate the Pilgrims and the Indians sharing a feast–Canada has already been hibernating under a few feet of snow for the past month. So I say–celebrate on Canadians! Let’s get this party started before the snow hits and temperature drops so low it freezes your lungs when you inhale. 🙂

Oh and for all you history buffs–the Canadians also had this “Frobisher” dude that was trying to find a passage to get to the Orient faster (You’ve gotta question this guy’s motives–isn’t that where they have those massage parlors?), but he went to Newfoundland instead and decided that the Orient wasn’t all it was cracked up to be and Newfoundland was so much better so he  held a “celebration” aka the first “Canadian Thanksgiving”-to give thanks for the surviving the end of a long journey and probably to give thanks for mail order brides…

Anywho, Martin Frobisher (we’ll call him Marty from now on…or maybe The Frobmaster)–had his home, had his mail order bride and had his tummy full of tryptophan–but that wasn’t all! He was later knighted (hm?) and an inlet in the Atlantic Ocean of Northern Canada was named after him: “Frobisher Bay” or if you prefer: “Marty’s Bay”. 😉

The French also had a hand in this whole thing because they couldn’t let Marty have all the fun, so they too, held celebrations of thanks–probably thankful for the fact that they were now in Canada and didn’t have to eat French food anymore.

Besides the French cutting in on the Frobmaster’s shindig, a little while later the Americans (yes, you know how we all love a good party) came up after the American Revolution (with their discounted Bud Light) and wanted to celebrate too–besides the pony kegs and their charming personalities, they also brought dessert: pumpkin pie. So the Canadians decided: hey, this stuff’s pretty good and now we come to today where the main similarities between the two Thanksgiving celebrations are: pumpkin pie and the cornucopia. You know the reason for the cornucopia was that Marty probably asked someone to bring a relish tray. 🙂

Well, that’s about it. Now we all know the history of the Canadian Thanksgiving Holiday, more or less.

Until next time: Canadians: Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!

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