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Monday, October 13, 2008

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Mon, Oct 13, 2008 at 2:38 PM

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Like almost everything else (the English language, the dollar, freedom) the Canadians have taken a uniquely American custom and made it their own. In this case, it's Thanksgiving, and Canadians celebrate it on the second Monday of October (i.e. today)--in this year's case, a feeble attempt to steal America's Columbus Day steez. Still, there are some peculiar quirks to the north-of-the-border version that are worth knowing. From the indisputably accurate Wiki entry:

While the actual Thanksgiving holiday is on a Monday, Canadians might eat their Thanksgiving meal on any day of the three day weekend.
Frankly, that's just crazy. Can you imagine the chaos that would ensue if we Americans ate our turkey on a day other than Thanksgiving? Madness!
Thanksgiving is often celebrated with family,
...right, no choice there...
it is also often a time for weekend getaways for couples to observe the autumn leaves, spend one last weekend at the cottage, or participate in various outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, and hunting.
Weird. Just weird. As every American knows, Thanksgiving is meant to be a day of sloth and drunkenness. Hiking? Nature? Fresh air? What happened to sitting on the couch, downing the better part of a case of beer, and hurling insults at the football game on TV?
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