This is what the holiday was intended for, more so than the reason of getting together to eat a turkey! According to www.kidzworld.com the origins of Thanksgiving in Canada are closely connected to traditions from Europe. The first celebration of Thanksgiving in Canada took place when Martin Frobisher arrived in Newfoundland in 1578. He wanted to give 'thanks' for his safe arrival. Thanksgiving for Canadians is more about giving thanks for the harvest season which is why we celebrate in October. On January 31st, 1957, Canadian Parliament decided that the second Monday in October would be a "day of general thanksgiving to almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed".
Taking the time to give 'thanks' for all of the good in our lives should not be a hard thing to do, yet it seems to be easily overlooked and forgotten about. Everyone has something negative or problematic in their lives and I am not denying that, but we all have something we can give thanks for even if it is as simple as being thankful for friends and family who love us and the life we have been given.
My aim this Thanksgiving is to try and have my family members stop to think about what they are thankful for, it cannot hurt to try and start a new tradition! Happy Thanksgiving!
Thought of the day: Is it wrong for vegetarians to eat animal crackers?
Quote of the day: Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.- William Arthur Ward