Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Yesterday was Thanksgiving Day in Canada. Happy Thanksgiving from us to you!

Paula's Christmas tree.

Last week, I wrote about Why Disciples celebrating one year of fun! You can find that blog post here.

My husband and I are Canadians living in UK, so we celebrate Thanksgiving in October. This year we celebrated with a turkey dinner and lots of time on Skype with our families. It was great! We made a lot of good food and had fun together.

It’s an odd feeling, celebrating a holiday in a country that doesn’t celebrate it. There’s no rush on turkeys, but sometimes it’s hard to even get your hands on a turkey. And we often have to celebrate on Sunday if one of us is working or the kids are at school on the actual Monday of Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Day in Canada is a national holiday that celebrates the harvest and gives thanks for all of the blessings we’ve received through the year. It’s celebrated on the second Monday of October. Thanksgiving Day began when Protestant church leaders asked the colonial government in 1859 to start a day of thanks. They hoped people would go to church and reflect on what they wanted their future nation to look like. Americans celebrate Thanksgiving in November, although theirs has different historical elements (like pilgrims) and some different foods (marshmallow-topped yams, anyone?). 

I want to note that some Indigenous people are working to create a Thanksgiving that better reflects their culture (which of course pre-dates that of the Europeans and their descendants in North America). For example, you can find out a bit more in a CBC news article here.

This year was great. We were all at home, managed to find our favourite frozen turkey, and spent all day together.

In the past, we’ve normally celebrated Thanksgiving Day in the UK with our friends. We’ve done this ever since the first fall that we lived in the UK. I used the holiday as a way to meet all of our neighbours. I invited them to a potluck Thanksgiving dinner. We provided the turkey, gravy, and mashed potatoes, and everyone brought side dishes. It was so cool to have an international selection of side dishes. We had neighbours from across the UK and Europe and everyone was excited to have their first Thanksgiving.

For me, Thanksgiving Day is also a time to sit and think about the blessings that God has given us throughout the year. We say grace, and talk about what we’re thankful for. It’s a good chance for little ones to really think and chat about what has meant a lot to them through the year and to remember to thank God for these things.

If you celebrate Thanksgiving Day in October, I hope it was a good one! It’s a great opportunity to share what you’re thankful for and thank God for all He has done for us this year. What are you most thankful for? Let us know in the comments.