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    Happy Thanksgiving.............Eh

    I'd very much like to say "Happy Thanksgiving" to all my fellow countrymen in Canada.

    Lots to be thankful for this year, and Family Woodworking is certainly on my list of things to be thankful for.

    Just some info for our cousins South of the border....




    Thanksgiving Canada

    The Canadian Thanksgiving Day came about because of a combination of traditions. Before the first Europeans arrived in North America, the farmers in Europe held celebrations at harvest time. The farm workers filled a curved goat's horn with fruit and grain to give thanks for their harvest having been a good one. This horn was called a Horn of Plenty.....or a Cornucopia, and the farm workers who started a new life in Canada took this tradition with them.

    In Newfoundland in 1578, the English navigator Martin Frobisher held a ceremony to give thanks for surviving the long journey. He was later knighted and had an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean in Northern Canada named after him.....Frobisher Bay. As other settlers arrived they continued these ceremonies.

    In 1621, in what is now the United States of America, the Pilgrims celebrated their harvest in the New World. By the 1750's settlers moving to Canada from America had taken this celebration to Nova Scotia. At the same time, French settlers arriving in Canada with the explorer Samuel de Champlain held thanksgiving feasts and shared their food with their Indian neighbours. After the seven years war ended in 1763 the citizens of Halifax held a special day of Thanksgiving.

    At the time of the American Revolution, the people who remained loyal to the Government in England moved to Canada and spread the Thanksgiving celebration to other parts of the country. Other English settlers were also used to having a harvest celebration in their churches every Autumn.

    In 1879 the Canadian Parliament declared the 6th November as a day of Thanksgiving and a national holiday. Over the years the date has changed with the third Monday in October being the most popular time. Finally on the 31st January 1957 the Canadian Parliament proclaimed that....

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

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    Yep, happy thanksgiving Stu

    Had our turkey gobbler for dinner tonight with cranberry sauce, stuffing, mashed potaters and gravy etc. etc. Oh yeah and pumpkin pie for desert

    I'm wondering what you had for dinner over in Japan Stu?
    I don't imagine that they have many turkey's handy but what do I know

    Cheers!
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    Happy Thanksgiving Canucks!

    It is always a good time to look back at what we are all Thankful for and what we have been blessed with.

    Enjoy yours northern cousins.
    A very wise man once said.......
    "I'll take my chances with Misseurs Smith and Wesson. "

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    Happy Thanksgiving to our northern neighbors!

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    Happy Thanksgiving! Now don't eat too much!

    Wes

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    Is turkey the traditional dinner in Canada also?
    Either way, Happy 'T' Day Canuks.
    "Folks is funny critters."

    Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too. ~Voltaire

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    Is turkey the traditional dinner in Canada also?
    Either way, Happy 'T' Day Canuks.
    We had our dinner yesterday at a friend's house. Let's see now... on my plate there was turkey, cranberry sauce, a piece of ham, pineapple, some stuffing, a lovely bun+butter, and some waldorf salad. Later on I managed to find room for some pumpkin pie + vanilla ice cream. Yum.

    Does that answer your questions, Frank?

    ...art

    ps: oh yeah, she had sweet potatoes also, but ended up deciding not to cook them as the crowd wasn't that large. Good thing, I hate them.

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    Ya know...one of the many good things about being married to a Canadian (aka DrLOML) is I get to have two Thanksgivings...
    Hope everyone had as good a day as me....BURP...where's the couch????ZZZZzzzzzzzz.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn Clabo View Post
    Ya know...one of the many good things about being married to a Canadian (aka DrLOML) is I get to have two Thanksgivings...
    Hope everyone had as good a day as me....BURP...where's the couch????ZZZZzzzzzzzz.
    My bride is Polish/Austrian....just get one Thanksgiving, but boy do those Polish folks know how to cook at family get togethers...must be that's why I am not 165 lbs. 28 years later....
    A very wise man once said.......
    "I'll take my chances with Misseurs Smith and Wesson. "

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    happy thanksgiving you canuks!
    nite glenn.
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