Monday, October 11, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving, Eh!

Wanted to take a moment to wish all of my north of the border TransGriot readers a very happy Thanksgiving Day, Canadian style.

For those of you who aren't aware of it, once upon a time our Canadian cousins used to celebrate it in November. The Canadian Parliament in 1879 declared November 6 as a day of Thanksgiving and a national holiday. Over the years the date moved around and changed to become the third Monday in October.

The current fixed celebration date is a result of a January 31, 1957 proclamation by the Canadian Parliament.

'A Day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been be observed on the second Monday in October.'

Ever since then it has been celebrated by our Canadian cousins on the second Monday in October. We Americans get our Thanksgiving grub on during the fourth Thursday of next month.

Hopefully that sheds some light on why we celebrate it at different times.

To my Canadian homegirl Renee, my former coworker, good friend and transplanted Newfie Paula, Michelle, Veronique, Linus, Mercedes and all my friends in the Great White North, may you and all your families have a blessed and low stress day filled with love, abundant blessings, and plentiful and tasty food. May you also have safe travels to and from your Thanksgiving holiday destinations.

That also applies for the rest of you Canucks reading this as well.

As you pause to take stock for all the blessings in your lives, I want to take a moment to thank you for surfing by TransGriot on a regular basis.

I also thank you for the blessings in my life that you peeps who proudly fly the maple leaf flag and who I'm pleased to call my friends bring to mine.

May the lines be speedy and relatively short at your local Timmy's when you get your coffee, breakfast sandwiches and donuts tomorrow morning.

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