Giving Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving to all Canadians. Author L.A. Smith has a nice little blog that puts Thanksgiving in Canadian and European context that I hope you enjoy. We in Canada are celebrating this weekend because, frankly, if we waited until late November there would be nothing of the harvest left to eat! We are having beautiful weather here in PEI but I’ve had to protect tomatoes from frost three times already!
The ovens are hot across the country and we are settling down to feast today or tomorrow. See you next on Tuesday!

the traveller's path

Here in Canada we are celebrating Thanksgiving this weekend. We don’t have the stories of the Pilgrims and the Mayflower, but we do have a wonderful tradition of giving thanks in this country as well. I didn’t know much about the history of our Thanksgiving, but in a quick search on the web I found these fascinating details:

  • Some historians say that the first North American Thanksgiving was held in 1578 as explorer Martin Frobisher, who with a fleet of ships was searching for the Northwest Passage, gave thanks and celebrated Communion after a particularly harrowing voyage from Frobisher Bay on Baffin Island and back again.
  • French settlers who crossed the ocean with Samuel de Champlain and arrived safely in Canada with him in 1604, celebrated with a feast of Thanksgiving. They formed the Order of Good Cheer (don’t you love that name?) and held weekly feasts, during which they shared food…

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About Brenton Dickieson

“A Pilgrim in Narnia” is a blog project in reading and talking about the work of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the worlds they touched. As a "Faith, Fantasy, and Fiction" blog, we cover topics like children’s literature, apologetics and philosophy, myths and mythology, fantasy, theology, cultural critique, art and writing. This blog includes my thoughts as I read through Lewis and Tolkien and reflect on my own life and culture. In this sense, I am a Pilgrim in Narnia--or Middle Earth, or Fairyland. I am often peeking inside of wardrobes, looking for magic bricks in urban alleys, or rooting through yard sale boxes for old rings. If something here captures your imagination, leave a comment, “like” a post, share with your friends, or sign up to receive Narnian Pilgrim posts in your email box. Brenton Dickieson is a father, husband, friend, university lecturer, and freelance writer from Prince Edward Island, Canada. You can follow him on Twitter, @BrentonDana.
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8 Responses to Giving Thanks

  1. Marc says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to our Canadian friends. At least in Canada, Thanksgiving isn’t immediately followed by the insanity of Black Friday, or interrupted by Black Thursday as it is in the US!

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  2. David Llewellyn Dodds says:

    Thanks for bringing this to our attention! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours (and your Canadian readers)!

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  3. robstroud says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to all who call Canada home.

    God has richly blessed your land. May his providence continue to rain down upon you.

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  4. A Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Brenton.

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