T is for Turkey and Giving Thanks {Blogging Through the Alphabet}

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My gramma preparing one of her delicious turkey dinners for our family

OK, a couple of things about this post, I’m very late posting it and it’s about one of my favorite holidays, Thanksgiving. If you are Canadian this will seem timely since we celebrate Thanksgiving on the first Monday in October each year (this often coincides with my birthday weekend so that may be part of the favorite holiday thing for me). This is also Columbus Day in the U.S. so makes for a nice long weekend in both countries.

In our house, we often celebrate both Canadian and American Thanksgivings since we have friends and family in both places. I remember doing a full turkey dinner one October with all the trimmings in a hotel in Denver, Colorado with a school friend of our daughters. It was a fantastic weekend and included my attendance at Broncos and Avalanche games! Do we remember the meal? (Maybe those yummy sweet potatoes from Boston Market.) Not really. The memories of the weekend were of visiting with an old friend.

So why the difference in dates north and south of the border you may ask. Well, both holidays are about families getting together to give thanks. That’s fairly important. Now for the differences. In Canada, our Thanksgiving began purely as a harvest festival where we thanked God for the bounty. While this is similar to the U.S. their holiday involved being thankful to both God and the Native Americans who helped save them from starvation at Plymouth Plantation.

As far as the differences in dates, Canada did typically celebrate Thanksgiving on November 6th until Parliament set the date officially as the first Monday in October in 1957. The fourth Thursday of November was set by FDR in 1941.

So there you have it. A (very) little bit about Thanksgiving in Canada and the U.S.

And yes, I promised you turkey in this post as well and here they are!


Daughter number one is a huge fan of peanut butter cups and found this simple treat to make for the holiday. She simply added a mini peanut butter cup to the top of a regular one and attached M&Ms, candy eyes, and other assorted candy pieces with a bit of chocolate icing (she piped it out of a ziplock bag, so easy) to make the turkey faces, feathers, and wings. It was super easy and a great little kitchen craft that you can have your kids help with. They were delicious!

So there you have it, Turkey and Thanksgiving for the letter T.

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