Giving thanks

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Our Canadian Thanksgiving has a few different origins. Long before the first Europeans arrived in North America,
farmers in Europe held celebrations at
harvest time to give thanks for their good fortune and the abundance of food; when they came to Canada, they brought this
tradition with them.

Our Canadian Thanksgiving has a few different origins. Long before the first Europeans arrived in North America,
farmers in Europe held celebrations at
harvest time to give thanks for their good fortune and the abundance of food; when they came to Canada, they brought this
tradition with them.
The first Canadian Thanksgiving occurred in 1578 when Martin Frobisher,
an English explorer who successfully
established settlements in North America, held a ceremony in what is now Newfoundland to give thanks for surviving his long journeys.
Arguably, Thanksgiving is one of the most important Canadian holidays for
several reasons.
First, isn’t it relatively simple and
affordable? Thanksgiving is one of the few holidays or occasions that hasn’t become extremely commercialized. Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthdays, etc., all involve some aspect of gift giving which is clearly played upon by businesses and their
marketing departments. However, this year I was able to make a Thanksgiving meal
for my family without spending weeks preparing or making a huge investment.
Thanksgiving is also an excuse to spend quality time with family and friends. Life is busy, and we always have a million things to do; Thanksgiving offers one day a year where there’s no reason to be anywhere else, doing anything else. It’s a day
dedicated to spending time with those we love.
The number one thing most of us want in life is to be happy, so isn’t having a day
dedicated to thinking about all of the
blessings we have in our lives very fitting? In today’s materialistic, commercialized society we often tend to focus and dwell on what we don’t have or what we hope to have some day and ignore the things we are fortunate to possess – simple things like family and friends who support and
appreciate us, a warm place to sleep, food to eat, or good health, to name just a few. There’s no room for complaining on Thanksgiving!
This year, my son’s first Thanksgiving, I thought about how my life has changed for the better since his arrival and how proud and lucky I am to be his mommy. It has been busy, I won’t lie, but I truly wouldn’t want it any other way.
Last but not least, Thanksgiving is also an opportunity to overindulge in tons of
fabulous food – some of us more than once – all in the name of tradition. Who can honestly complain about that?
Allyson Beauregard