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Happy Thanksgiving
« on: November 23, 2006, 10:15:53 »
Hi all,

Just wishing our American members and friends a happy Thanksgiving.

All the best    Drummy


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Re: Happy Thanksgiving
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2006, 10:20:17 »
Likewise to everyone from the USA. Thanksgiving is a great family day and I hope everyone has a peaceful day, and eats way too much turkey and trimmings.

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Re: Happy Thanksgiving
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2006, 11:20:31 »
I'm with Drummy.

Here's Cheers to all you Yanks (and Secessionists as the case may be).   ;)

Happy Thanksgiving.
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Re: Happy Thanksgiving
« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2006, 11:36:04 »
Thanks everybody
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Re: Happy Thanksgiving
« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2006, 13:58:37 »
Happy Turkey Day!

May your left-overs be gone before Christmas.

And on a side note, excuse my ignorance, but why are our two holidays on different days? Anyone have the actual historical facts?

Did a quick google and came up with only turkey recipes and "cranberry sauce in a can" sales.

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Re: Happy Thanksgiving
« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2006, 14:15:44 »
Wikipedia lists that although we both have a holiday with the same name, the roots differ.
The US day became a national holiday in 1863.  There were several "Days of Thanksgiving" declared by various presidents before that.  The actual date has varied from the last thursday in November to the second last.  I think it was Roosevelt who changed it to the second last thursday back in 1939.  He wanted to boost the christmas economy, separating the two holidays by an extra week.  Some states agreed, some didn't, and Texas took the old and the new holiday :D
Later, it was declared that the day would be the fourth thursday of November, which is sometimes the last thursday, and sometimes the second to last thursday of November :D

The original intent of the National Days of Thanksgiving was to give thanks (duh!) for certain events.  Some notable ones: the revolution and in 1863, Abe Lincoln in his decree noted that everywhere in the US, outside of the fields of battle, order and respect for the rule of law had remained, on both sides.  In other words, instead of utter chaos, life was fairly normal away from the battlefield.  For that, he felt that they should thank God.

In Canada, our Thanksgiving has always been more or less tied to the harvest and the United Empire Loyalists.  The UELs brought the US version of "giving thanks" with them, but with more religious overtones.
Originally, our Thanksgiving day was 6 November, but many dates were used, and the 3rd Monday of October was the 'most popular'.  After World War One, both Thanksgiving and "Armistice Day" were celebrated on the monday in which 11 November fell.   In 1931, the holidays were separated and "Armistice Day" became "Remembrance Day".    "Thanksgiving Day" for a while was to give thanks in remembrance of our soldiers.  After 1957, it became solidified on the second monday in October.


Again, this is from wikipedia, but it sounds good to me.


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Re: Happy Thanksgiving
« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2006, 14:34:33 »
Thanks vG. Never thought about wikipedia, should really bookmark that.

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Re: Happy Thanksgiving
« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2006, 14:58:27 »
A very Happy Thanksgiving to all of our USA friends (and relatives).

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Re: Happy Thanksgiving
« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2006, 14:59:38 »
Happy Thanksgiving!

Someone care to send me some turkey please?.. This thread made me hungry.

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Re: Happy Thanksgiving
« Reply #9 on: November 23, 2006, 15:05:48 »
vG:

Back in Britain we used to celebrate Harvest Festival as a period of thanksgiving when the crops came in.  That was complete with church services in September or October.
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Re: Happy Thanksgiving
« Reply #10 on: November 23, 2006, 15:08:42 »
There was mention of the Harvest Festival in the Canadian roots of Thanksgiving on the wiki.  I imagine that part of our "thanksgiving lineage" came from that as well.
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Re: Happy Thanksgiving
« Reply #11 on: November 23, 2006, 15:22:43 »
Spent a few years living in Texas in the 90's.  The end of Thanksgiving was the start of the retail Christmas chopping wars.  I mean at 0800 hrs the next day the malls were sensory overload of Xmas.

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Re: Happy Thanksgiving
« Reply #12 on: November 23, 2006, 22:27:28 »
In honour of our American brethen, I'm making Stuffed Turkey: The Sequel tomorrow.  I'll take any reason to do turkey.  We invited a few of the American exchange officers over for dinner.  So a good time should be had by all.   *hic*
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Re: Happy Thanksgiving
« Reply #13 on: November 23, 2006, 23:24:38 »
Spent a few years living in Texas in the 90's.  The end of Thanksgiving was the start of the retail Christmas chopping wars.  I mean at 0800 hrs the next day the malls were sensory overload of Xmas.

Everything will be open by 7:00am tomorrow morning. Some stores and even malls will be open at 5:00am. Even though some of the prices are pretty good, the wife and I refuse to get caught up in that mass of humanity. It's called Black Friday because it's supposed to be the day that drives stores from the red to the black.

Working for the school/community college system respectively the wife and I get both today and Friday off, as do many people in the US. It's really amazing to see how much bigger this holiday is treated in the US than Canada. Of course it's not really about being thankful for anything, it's all about shopping and football - Go Dolphins!!

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Re: Happy Thanksgiving
« Reply #14 on: October 07, 2018, 07:22:37 »
Happy Thanksgiving / Turkey Day to everyone.  :RstTrky:

Safe travels through the weekend.

For those serving away from friends and family. Thank you for your service. Hopefully you'll find some time to enjoy a good meal.
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Re: Happy Thanksgiving
« Reply #15 on: October 07, 2018, 10:13:30 »
Enjoy the day with friends and family.