Monday, October 11, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

On Saturday we were getting ready for yesterday which celebrated Thanksgiving with Mom's side of the family, it was a lot of fun! Full of, FOOD, FAMILY, FELLOWSHIP, FOOTBALL and FUN :) And today we are heading off to celebrate with dad's side of the family.

Psalm 107:1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.

I have A LOT to be thankful for. I could name a MILLON THINGS but I would't :) God is SO GOOD!

(in radome order :)
-A great big family that LOVES to spend time together.
-Nice warm weather
-A sweet nephew
-A roof over my head
-Food to eat
-My Lord and Saviour who died on the cross for ME!
-Beautiful sunsets
and the list goes on and on and on and on :)

God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say “thank you? - William A. Ward

EDIT: Rach asked why we celebrate Thanksgiving in Canada, honestly I didn't know so I looked it up so here it is.......


History and Origin of Canadian Thanksgiving

In Canada Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday in October. Unlike the American tradition of remembering Pilgrims and settling in the New World, Canadians give thanks for a successful harvest. The harvest season falls earlier in Canada compared to the United States due to the simple fact that Canada is further north.

The history of Thanksgiving in Canada goes back to an English explorer, Martin Frobisher, who had been trying to find a northern passage to the Orient. He did not succeed but he did establish a settlement in Northern America. In the year 1578, he held a formal ceremony, in what is now called Newfoundland, to give thanks for surviving the long journey. This is considered the first Canadian Thanksgiving. Other settlers arrived and continued these ceremonies. He 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 Indian neighbours.

After the Seven Year's War ended in 1763, the citizens of Halifax held a special day of Thanksgiving.

During the American Revolution, Americans who remained loyal to England moved to Canada where they brought the customs and practices of the American Thanksgiving to Canada. There are many similarities between the two Thanksgivings such as the cornucopia and the pumpkin pie.

Eventually in 1879, Parliament declared November 6th a day of Thanksgiving and a national holiday. Over the years many dates were used for Thanksgiving, the most popular was the 3rd Monday in October. After World War I, both Armistice Day and Thanksgiving were celebrated on the Monday of the week in which November 11th occurred. Ten years later, in 1931, the two days became separate holidays and Armistice Day was renamed Remembrance Day.

Finally, on January 31st, 1957, 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.

What are you thankful for?
Happy Thanksgiving!!!

5 comments:

Rach said...

What do you celebrate your Thanksgiving for in Canada ?

~ McKenzie Elizabeth~ said...

That was so neat! Thank you for sharing...

Happy Thanksgiving to you!;)

M.E.

Rach said...

Thanks for answering my question! :)

Elyssa said...

Very neat photo!!
Hope you had a great Thanksgiving! I sure did!

Anonymous said...

that is great info, thanks for sharing.
jordie