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!
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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