Mon. Mar 27th, 2023
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The tradition of Thanksgiving in Canada began in 1957, when it was first celebrated by giving thanks for a fortunate year and harvest.

By | Martina Poldrugo

The Thanksgiving holiday dates back to an English explorer, Martin Frobisher.

After voyaging to Canada, Martin Forbisher held a solemn ceremony to give thanks for surviving the long journey. Frobisher, along with the other voyagers, celebrated with a meal of ‘salt beef and peas.’

The first Thanksgiving feast.

tasty dishes and wine on table served for thanksgiving dinner
Enjoy the feast, and family, but don’t forget to be grateful.

Today, Thanksgiving is often celebrated by gathering together with family around the table, and sharing a meal. However, the most important part of Thanksgiving is often forgotten – being grateful for all the many blessings in our lives.

We have so many privileges and things we take for granted in life, which we do not notice until it is gone or taken away. Even the simplest things we have, others do not.

We are blessed with so many things that we can easily take for granted:

  • Food on the table
  • A roof over our heads
  • A good education
  • Loved ones
  • A free country 
  • Health
  • Nature
  • And so much more…

This Thanksgiving, we all need to stop to take a minute of appreciation and reflect on what we are truly thankful for. However, we need to be grateful all the time, not just on Thanksgiving, as we are so blessed in our lives.

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