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Clearing Up Misconceptions of Canadian Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving may be a month away but in Canada, today is Thanksgiving.  I haven’t celebrated since I migrated to the United States in 1995 but I do manage to remember to call home and wish everyone a happy day.

Despite what you may think, Canadian Thanksgiving is really no different than turkey day here in the states.  It’s just a month earlier.  I thought I’d clear up some Canadian Thanksgiving misconceptions.

-We don’t serve moose or beaver for dinner.  It’s turkey and stuffing

-We don’t all gather around the table in our igloo.  Our houses look just like yours

-We don’t strap on the skates to play hockey on the back pond.  We’re too stuffed to move after all that turkey

-We do drink a lot of Canadian beer eh, but you have to get your ‘two-four’ ahead of time since beer can only be bought at the Beer Store, which is closed on Thanksgiving

-You won’t be pulled over by the Canadian Mounted police on horseback if you drink and drive. Believe it or not, we have real cop cars

-If we decide to walk off all that turkey, we don’t put on a hat.  We use a toque, and only if it’s colder than 10 below

-We start making our plans for Halloween by creating a costume that will fit over our snowsuit

At the Table During Canadian Thanksgiving Parody

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All joking aside, Thanksgiving in Canada occurs on the second Monday in October to celebrate the harvest and other blessings of the past year.

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