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Thanksgiving Day in Canada

Updated on August 22, 2015

Celebrate Thanksgiving Day in Canada

Thanksgiving Day in Canada is a beautiful children's picture book that was written by Krys Val Lewicki and illustrated by Ana Auml. It tells the story of a family that travels to their Grandparents home for a traditional dinner in Canada. While there, they learn the story of why we call it what we do and why the Canadians and the Americans celebrate it on separate days.

This book, however, deals with more than the simple history of the Canadian holiday. After the Grandfather shares the information with the children about the actual history of this holiday, the book goes on to tell of the family traditions that the Grandmother had when she was a young girl. If cooking this special holiday supper today is no fast or easy feat, imagine what it was like not too long ago when you did not even have a refrigerator. However, even in those days, there were definite family traditions that were followed every year.

The book shares in story form the history and tradition of this holiday and would be a great choice to share with your children whether you live in Canada or in the United States although it certainly does a nice job of explaining why Canada celebrates this special day and how the two countries settled on different days for this important holiday.

It is recommended for children aged 9 to 12. It is hard to find a good children's book with this Canadian perspective in it and I highly recommend it.

On this page, learn more about this book and about the history of Thanksgiving Day in Canada and the United States of America. You will also find some information about the author and links to more pages about children's books.

Click here to order your copy of Thanksgiving Day in Canada from Amazon.

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Thanksgiving Day in Canada, The History...

Even before Europeans settled in North America, they celebrated their thankfulness for food by filling a goat's horn with their fruit and grain. This was called a cornucopia or horn of plenty.

The first formal ceremony was held in Newfoundland in 1578 by a British navigator named Martin Frobisher. He was celebrating a safe homecoming rather than a harvest. He was giving thanks for having returned safely from his search for the Northwest Passage.

In 1621 the Pilgrims, English settlers at Plymouth, Massachusetts, celebrated their first harvest in the New World in what eventually became the United States. In the 1600s, the French settlers in Canada celebrated with 'The Order of Good Cheer.' and in the 1750's settlers from The United States brought their celebrations to Canada.

In 1879 the Canadian Parliament decided that November 6th would be a celebration of giving thanks called Thanksgiving day and a national holiday. The date was changed over the years though until Parliament finally determined in 1957 that this holiday would be observed on the second Monday each October. A great portion of the United States stays warmer longer than Canada and they therefore celebrate their harvest later than Canadians.

Who is Krys Val Lewicki?

Krys Val Lewicki is the author of this book.

Krys Val Lewicki is the author this book. He was born in Britain in 1948 but is a Canadian performer, a musician and a songwriter. He has toured Canada, done session work and created short songs for commercials. He worked for the Tommy Hunter Show. He has even been a ghost writer a book of poems. This book, Thanksgiving Day in Canada, is his first book for children.

Everyday Traditions: Simple Family Rituals for Connection and Comfort - More meaningful traditions for families to share with their children.

Everyday Traditions: Simple Family Rituals for Connection and Comfort
Everyday Traditions: Simple Family Rituals for Connection and Comfort

"I originally looked to this book to help me find ways to make the holidays more meaningful and memorable for my children. We live across the country from our extended family, so there really are NO big family get-togethers. I did find ideas for creating holiday traditions for our little family, and so much more. Each chapter of this book is full of ideas for creating special moments with the special people in your life. There are ideas for bedtime, mealtime, birthdays, seasons, holidays and more. It is really a compilation of ideas from dozens of women who share their personal stories and customs. There are lots of resources suggested if you want to learn more about a specific tradition. The final section of the book is a workbook area for recording your own family traditons. If you are looking for ideas about how to make every day extraordinary, this book will not disappoint." ~~ C. Foley

 

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      Ruthi 

      5 years ago

      When my son was young I shared the traditional American holiday traditions as well as several European family traditions. Now that I have so many friends through cyberspace I discover there are so many important celebrations all over the world worthy of their place in my special occasion calendar. Naturally, Canadian holidays such as Thanksgiving is one of them.

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      Kathy McGraw 

      5 years ago from California

      I enjoyed reading the history of the Canadian Thanksgiving, and I am one that didn't realize it is in a different month than their neighbors down south.

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      Anthony Godinho 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Wishing you and your family a Very Happy and Blessed Canadian Thanksgiving, Brenda. Hope you've had a wonderful long Thanksgiving weekend. Stay blessed! :)

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      JoyfulPamela2 

      8 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Brenda ~ I enjoyed reading about the history of the holiday in Canada! Congratulations on lens of the day.

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      stacy mcdaniel 

      8 years ago

      Awesome Lens! I love Thanksgiving.

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      mitchking 

      8 years ago

      Great Thanksgiving story that most do not know much about.

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      8 years ago from Canada

      [in reply to marcerickson] Thanks so much for pointing out my error, Marc. I have corrected the text to show that Martin Frobisher was celebrating a safe homecoming from his search for the Northwest Passage on the Atlantic Ocean, not across it.

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      marcerickson 

      8 years ago

      The history I've read says that Frobisher was celebrating his safe return from a search for the Northwest Passage. He was travelling on the Atlantic - but across to me implies to or from Europe, which he was not doing.Otherwise very nice.

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      Cheryl Kohan 

      8 years ago from Minnesota

      Congratulations on LOTD. I have blogging friends from Canada so I'm familiar with that tradtion. However, I didn't realize that the reason Canada celebrates it earlier is weather related. Very nice lens, Brenda.

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      eccles1 

      8 years ago

      Congratulations on lens of the day! beautiful lens

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      jerry-allen 

      8 years ago

      I thought thanksgiving day is celebrates on same day in whole world.Now its clear. Nice review on thanks giving story. Sometimes we really don't know why we celebrate some days. If we know why we celebrate i think that twice up our enjoyment.

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      MAZEN 

      8 years ago

      With family traditions! make me remember my family, i live very far, thanks for your nice lens

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      Tonie Cook 

      8 years ago from USA

      Excellent source of information about Thanksgiving. Thank you for sharing.

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      momto4 lm 

      8 years ago

      Wonderful lens! Congratulations on LOTD!

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      BW Duerr 

      8 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      Congrats on the LotD! Great book review, not to mention the clarification on the differences between the Canada and U.S. Thanksgiving. I knew that Canada celebrates the holiday. Also new about the date difference, but not why. 5 star material, and a lensroll to my Thanksgiving recipe lens. I wish I could bless you, after you helped me with one of my lens. :D

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      Paula Atwell 

      8 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      The cover of the book is really lovely. This is a great take on the Thanksgiving subject, as I think most Americans think Thanksgiving is only an American holiday. Congrats on Lotd. And blessed by me. :)

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      Beautiful Brenda! Congratulations on LOTD!! :)

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      Mary 

      8 years ago from Chicago area

      Lovely lens, Brenda. Thrilled you snagged LotD--well-deserved!

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      I've started doing puppet shows - especially personalized ones - to celebrate a child's birthday. Completely delightful and memorable!

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      Kiwisoutback 

      8 years ago from Massachusetts

      Congratulations on LOTD Brenda!

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Dom, I don't think anyone has ever apologized for not being an Angel before! Thanks for making me smile (again) in a day that has been packed with smiles! [in reply to prosperity66]

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      Robin S 

      8 years ago from USA

      Congrats on LotD!

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      So thrilled to see you get LOTD Brenda. And of course this is also a Bless worthy lens!

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      greenstarbuilders 

      8 years ago

      Congratulations on lens of the day!

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      BusyQueen 

      8 years ago

      Happy Thanksgiving and a great lens! 5 stars! Family gatherings are a tradition.

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      justholidays 

      8 years ago

      You built a fantastic lens, Brenda! It's full of interesting historical information (I'm fond of history) and I love Canada!I'm so sorry for not being an angel :)Dom.

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      Spook LM 

      8 years ago

      I think I forgot to add, congratulations on LOTD?

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      Spook LM 

      8 years ago

      Horn of plenty, fascinating. beautiful lens. We never really had traditions in my part of Africa. Of course Easter and Xmas and Guy Fawkes day with fireworks and because my Mum was Irish, St. Patricks day but that was mainly for her to celebrate and be spoilt by the rest of us. She still had to do the cooking of course. Blessed by an Angel.

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      Frankie Kangas 

      8 years ago from California

      Nope. I didn't know Canadians celebrated Thanksgiving. Wonderful lens full of interesting information. Congrats on LotD. Bear hugs, Frankie

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      myraggededge 

      8 years ago

      Right now, this very moment, my kids are on their way to a fireworks display to 'celebrate' the foiled plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament. November 5th is Guy Fawkes night. Great lens, Brenda, and thanks for my recent blessing!

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      tandemonimom lm 

      8 years ago

      Beautiful lens! Congrats on LOTD and a great book review! (Yes, I knew Canadians celebrated on a different day!)

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      enslavedbyfaeries 

      8 years ago

      Woohoo! Congratulations on LOTD!

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      Patricia 

      8 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD!

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      poutine 

      8 years ago

      We have all the Canadian Thanksgiving food and watch football.Poutine

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      Susan Deppner 

      8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      We have holiday traditions, of course, but we have some (mildly) embarrassing family stories that we love to bring up when we celebrate as a family. It makes us all laugh together! Congratulations, Brenda, on this lovely lens of the day!

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      WindyWintersHubs 

      8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Congratulations on LOTD! What a perfect story to share about a Canadian Thanksgiving. We celebrate a Canadian Thanksgiving with family and a home-cooked turkey dinner. Thanks for adding your lens to: A RocketMoms Thanksgiving Day Feast Happy Thanksgiving! :)

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      KimGiancaterino 

      8 years ago

      I have family in Canada and they celebrate both Thanksgiving holidays. Congratulations on LOTD.

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      Artemus-Gordon 

      8 years ago

      Great lens on Thanksgiving in Canada. Such a big deal is made of Thanksgiving in the US we forget about others.

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      Sherry Venegas 

      8 years ago from La Verne, CA

      Very interesting. good review on the book and nicely done lens. LOTD Congrats.

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      Dianne Loomos 

      8 years ago

      A beautiful lens as always. Angel Blessings to you and Congratulations on LOTD!

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      religions7 

      8 years ago

      We still celebrate 'Sinterklaas' yearly with my brothers, their girlfriends and my parents - which is a bit like Santaclaus, except the Dutch celebrate his birthday on December 5th. We also celebrate Christmas, without presents, with my grandmother and her various offspring. No 'thanksgiving' though. I'm surprised to hear that holiday is of European origin. Congratulations on another LOTD :)

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      Leanne Chesser 

      8 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD! Great lens about Thanksgiving Day in Canada!

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      HorseAndPony LM 

      8 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! What a great lens and I especially love that book Everyday Traditions.

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      Tarra99 

      8 years ago

      Great lens Brenda! At our table we like to go around and give everyone a chance to say what they are thankful for...I love thanksgiving! :o) Congrats on LOTD!

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 

      8 years ago from Northern California

      Congrats on LOTD. I didn't know that Thanksgiving was celebrated in other countries.

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      oztoo lm 

      8 years ago

      Well I learned something new. Didn't know canadians celebrated on a different day. Now I know when and why. This sounds like a great book to teach children about these traditions.

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      happynutritionist 

      8 years ago

      Very nice job lens, knew from friends that Canada celebrated earlier than we did. My children are grown, but we have always gathered as a family for Thanksgiving, as many do, and will do so again this year...doing something new though, eating out. Will miss some of those home-made dishes, but will make up for it on Christmas. 5stars ~claudia

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      I share the tradition of a loving and supportive family.Lovely Thanks Giving lens, and blessed!Best wishes to you always,Susie

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      HorseAndPony LM 

      8 years ago

      This is a beautiful lens. I love the Everyday Traditions book. What a great idea.

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