Did you know that Canada celebrates Thanksgiving more than a month before the USA?
Thanksgiving in Canada can be traced all the way back to 1578; however, the first national Thanksgiving in Canada was celebrated in 1859. Celebrations are held every year, to give thanks for the harvest and other blessings of the past year. One of the main differences between US and Canadian Thanksgiving is that there are no 'pilgrims and natives' in Canadian Thanksgiving history. We really just want to keep it peaceful and thank the land for what it's given to us, appreciate the good things in life and enjoy time with family and friends. :)
Thanksgiving is officially observed on the second Monday in October but many Canadians get together with family and friends for their Thanksgiving meal on one of the days during the weekend preceding Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a recognized holiday in most Canadian provinces, so most companies are closed and people enjoy a day off work.
Canadians like to enjoy turkey with cranberry sauce, stuffing (a savoury bread pudding), mashed potatoes or yams, typical autumn vegetables - and don't forget the pumpkin pie (as seen in the picture below).
I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a wonderful Thanksgiving! I challenge you to take a moment and think about all of the things you have to be thankful for.
Pass the pie, please!
About Your English Coach
Alannah is a CELTA (University of Cambridge) qualified English language teacher from Canada who lives in Italy with her wonderful husband. She's been teaching English since 2006 and has taught many different nationalities in both Canada and Italy.