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New traditions to Thanksgiving

Updated on November 25, 2015

First European Thanksgiving

The first actual European Thanksgiving was celebrated in Canada when English explorer Martin Frobisher held a feast in what is now Newfoundland to mark his safe arrival to the New World in 1578. This was 42 years BEFORE the Pilgrims landed in what is now Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Thanksgiving (Canada)

Other fun facts about European/Canadian Thanksgiving.

"NOW, Canadian Thanksgiving is always celebrated on the second Monday of October, which has coincided with the United States' Columbus Day since 1971."

"Algonquin Indians were the first to harvest wild cranberries. They used them as food, medicine, and a symbol of peace."

"The tradition of breaking the wishbone dates back to the Etruscans of 322 B.C. The Romans brought the tradition with them when they conquered England and the English colonists carried the tradition on to America." (This was a tradition that we kept up with during my childhood. I remember my mother would wait until the wishbone dried out and we would make our wishes and break the bone. Whoever's bone was the longest, their wish was supposed to come true.)

Pumpkin pies were not popular in Thanksgiving dinners until the early 19th century.

The cornucopia, that is associated with Thanksgiving, was a symbol of abundance and nourishment. The horn-shaped container would usually contain produce, flowers, nuts, or wealth in some form.

The Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest parade was the most widely known Canadian Thanksgiving Day parade and is broadcast nationwide.

New traditions

We have now added a new Nationality to our family, from the Philippines. In the Philippines, they do not celebrate Thanksgiving. Some of my sister-in-law's family that live in the States, they do not eat turkey. They won't even try it. My sister-in-law is not like them. She has eaten and happens to love turkey. This year, she plans on making a Pumpkin Cheesecake. She has become quite the ambitious cook, now that she has her own kitchen. (She is fortunate to have her own kitchen, I no longer have a kitchen. I do not cook for myself. My food either has to come frozen and is microwavable, OR I get take out and bring it home. There are only a few times during the week that I eat with my parents and other family members. However, for the most part, I eat by myself, and actually don't mind it. Sometimes, it is good to be alone.)

However, my brother and sister-in-law found an International market in St. Louis, and they go there frequently to buy foods from the Philippines. She's brought us some special candy and cookies for us to try from that store. She is always in 7th heaven when she comes home from that shopping trip.

My contribution to Thanksgiving 2015

The wine.

A few months ago, I got the chance to go wine tasting at a local winery. I found one of the wines that I tried at the winey at a local market. Will 3 bottles do it for 7 adults?? Sure hope so.

When people think of wine, I guess most would go with red. However, I loved the Dry White Wine the best. (I had heard that red wines give you headaches anyway.) Hopefully, the other adults at the Thanksgiving table will like this wine as much as I do.

Thanksgiving Beginnings

This Thanksgiving, however, will start off with me going to a special person's house to give them their birthday present and to meet some of their family that will be in town. Then, this person has to go to work, thanks to retail. Sometimes the holidays suck. I've lived through some of those years too.

Thanksgiving Endings

Thankfully, I live in a house with two adults. Therefore, they do not put up the Christmas decorations until like mid December, which does not bother me none, because I don't even help them. I, personally, no longer have any Christmas decorations in this house. Besides, one can't enjoy the festivities of one holiday while preparing for another. I prefer to take things one day at a time. Every day does not have to be packed full.

Now that I am older, my favorite holiday is New Year's. I guess I am for endings and NEW beginnings. A time where I can be who I want to be. A time where I have no one to impress.


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