For the last dozen or so years, we have a big family pot luck Canadian thanksgiving at a local rented hall. It’s a great time to check in with relatives and celebrate over some great family food.
There are at least 40 of us every year. And we usually salivate over the returning dishes from family – honey-cured ham, roasted vegetables, butter tarts, turkey, scalloped potatoes and more. There are four generations on hand. And there are usually guitars, soccer balls and family trees to add to the conversation.
I love this traditional (almost more than Christmas). It’s simple. It doesn’t take much to organize. And it’s kinda fun to be in a room full of people where you recognize the quirks, sayings and idiosyncrasies as your own.
Hope you had a Happy Canadian Thanksgiving.
CJR & HAR
My colleague sent me a link to an article from earlier this week in the NYTimes titled For Canadians, Thanksgiving is a ‘Quieter’ Affair in October.
For all our American readers who aren’t really aware of Canadian Thanksgiving — read the article. It is insightful, but mostly funny.
I sent the article to various family members and my son said he is going to share it with his work colleagues who just don’t understand why he won’t be at work on Columbus Day. His explanation of Canadian Thanksgiving has always been – it’s a harvest holiday – who wants to eat their crops in late November?
My mom chimed in on the family email exchange with her bit of history and informed us that the First Canadian Thanksgiving took place in 1578 when Martin Frobisher, an English explorer, safely arrived in the new world aka Newfoundland. It was a thanksgiving celebration for a safe arrival but also coincided with the harvest celebration by the indigenous people.
Whatever the backstory, Canadian Thanksgiving and the NYTimes article are my Friday Favourite. Now I have to go make butter tarts to take to Canada for Thanksgiving!