Canadian Thanksgiving

The Canadian Thanksgiving is in October.  We don’t have the pilgrams, but there is a feast involved.  It is some French guy that travelled down the St. Lawerence river.  I think he talked to some natives, as well.  I’m wrong, I know.  It apparently is set in October to mark the close of the Harvest season.  Here Wikipedia on it, for those that are interested.  Followed by a baseball-related what I am thankful for!

History of Thanksgiving in Canada

The history of Thanksgiving in Canada goes back to an explorer, Martin Frobisher, who had been trying to find a northern passage to the Orient. “Canada’s first Thanksgiving: Frobisher set stage for our celebrations in different spirit than U.S.The first Thanksgiving celebration by Euro-peoples in North America was not in New England but in Newfoundland (Canada) by Martin Frobisher, 42 years before the Pilgrims.” Frobisher’s Thanksgiving was not for harvest but homecoming. He had safely returned from a search for the Northwest Passage, avoiding the later fate of Henry Hudson and Sir John Franklin. In the year 1578, he held a formal ceremony, in what is now the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, to give thanks for surviving the long journey. The feast was one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in North America, although celebrating the harvest and giving thanks for a successful bounty of crops had been a long-standing tradition throughout North America by various First Nations and Native American groups. First Nations and Native Americans throughout the Americas, including the Pueblo, Cherokee, Cree and many others organized harvest festivals, ceremonial dances, and other celebrations of thanks for centuries before the arrival of Europeans in North America [7]. Frobisher was later knighted and had an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean in northern Canada named after him — Frobisher Bay.

At the same time, French settlers, having crossed the ocean and arrived in Canada with explorer Samuel de Champlain, also held huge feasts of thanks. They even formed ‘The Order of Good Cheer‘ and gladly shared their food with their First Nations neighbours.

After the Seven Years’ War ended in 1763 handing over New France to the British, the citizens of Halifax held a special day of Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving days were observed beginning in 1799 but did not occur every year. After the American Revolution, American refugees who remained loyal to Great Britain moved from the United States and came to Canada. They brought the customs and practices of the American Thanksgiving to Canada. The first Thanksgiving Day after Canadian Confederation was observed as a civic holiday on April 5, 1872 to celebrate the recovery of the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) from a serious illness.

Starting in 1879 Thanksgiving Day was observed every year but the date was proclaimed annually and changed year to year. The theme of the Thanksgiving holiday also changed year to year to reflect an important event to be thankful for. In the early years it was for an abundant harvest and occasionally for a special anniversary.

After World War I, both Armistice Day and Thanksgiving were celebrated on the Monday of the week in which November 11 occurred. Ten years later, in 1931, the two days became separate holidays, and Armistice Day was renamed Remembrance Day.

On January 31, 1957, the Canadian Parliament proclaimed:

A Day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed … to be observed on the 2nd Monday in October.

I am thankful for knowing the history of both these great holidays!

I am also thankful for the day of entertainment that Thanksgiving NFL football provides me on this day.   

I am thankful that the Blue Jays front office, sports writers and media don’t take anyone seriously when they say that they want to trade Roy Halladay.

I am thankful for all the great food that I’ve eaten over the past, and that I’ve got to blog about.

I’m thankful for the blog, and the network of bloggers here.  It is an extremely enjoyable thing.  The people who comment on my blog are great!  I’m thankful I found this!

I am thankful that I am finally graduated from University.  It has been a long and difficult, at times, journey.  I know that finding a good job will always be difficult, especially with the economy, but I’m thankful for the small satisfying people/jobs that help get me through life.

I am thankful that I have a girlfriend that is amazing!  She is full of love.  She watches baseball with me, even when her favorite show “What Not to Wear?” is on.  She realizes the importance of playoff baseball to me. 

I am thankful the ‘big name’ players, and free agents can go to teams like the Yankees, Red Sox, Angels, Dodgers and still Tampa Bay can make it into the World Series.

I’m thankful for baseball!  I’m thankful for the game that has given us so much history, family togetherness, excitement, and tradition.  In the 1940’s war became the focus in Europe.  In the 1940’s baseball was the primary focus in America.  There is something very nice about that fact. 

 I’m thankful for this nicely situated baseball related quote in the brilliant movie ‘Traffic.’   

Traffic (2000)

Javier Rodriguez (played by Benicio Del Toro): You like baseball? We need lights for the parks, so kids can play at night. So they can play baseball. So they don’t become burros para los malones. Everyone likes baseball. Everyone likes parks. 





  1. jimmy27nyy

    Hey, Jeremy …
    Happy “Canadian” and “Americian” Thanksgiving !!! … We all have much to be thankful for, so this is the perfect time of the year to reflect on all the good things in our lives … And, Yes, Baseball is one of those “good” things !!! … It really is awesome to be a part of this great “ blogging community” … We all have a passion for the game of Baseball, and that is something to always be thankful for !!! … Nice Post, Jeremy, in honor of giving thanks for all that is special to us !!! … “Have A Great Day” !!! … Jimmy [27NYY]

  2. welikeroywelikeroy

    I actually do find myself saying ‘eh’ numerous times in my speech, although most Canadians won’t admit that they do. I don’t know what it is? It is a just a call for attention, so people will understand you more somehow. Adding ‘eh’ at the end of every sentence, is polite way to say “I really want you to pay attention and think about this statement, without actually asking a question.” For instance: “The Jays are going to win the A.L. East this year, eh?” I get tired asking questions, so I use that method. Happy Thanksgiving to you too.

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