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Posted by Bethany on October 9, 2017, 3:43 pm
It's also National Moldy Cheese Day and National Kick Butt Day. But for Canadians, today is Thanksgiving! |
According to Peter Stevens of the Toronto Star, "Initially, Canadian Thanksgiving was a solemn and pious occasion. All businesses closed for the day, and church services were the only activities of note." He goes on to state, "In 1859, these men [Protestant clergy] petitioned the Canadian colonial government to declare a mid-week day of thanksgiving in recognition of the harvest. The government agreed to the ministers’ request, and it would do so again four more times before 1866, and annually beginning in 1871." One of their reasons to create this holiday was to reassure parishioners whose faith was tested by Darwin's theory of evolution. Another reason was to celebrate the bounteous harvest that was seen as God's benevolence to the Canadian people.
Interesting stuff! Here's a link so you can read more if you'd like.
American Thanksgiving is such a rushed, frantic time that we often forget to contemplate the things we're thankful for. I'm thankful that Grant and I have a new home in what seems to be a pretty friendly community. Grant is a huge Route 66 buff, so he is soaking up the history of this place. Here's a picture of a vintage gas station.
I am grateful to have a wonderful, beautiful new daughter-in-law. This first picture is their sugar and spice blend. They didn't have a unity candle or have mothers put sand in a bottle. Instead they poured sugar, to signify her sweetness, and Thai curry powder to represent my son's love of hot things and his spicy temperament.
This is the woman who brought the kids together. She was friends with my son in seminary. He picked her up at her friend's house and that's how the two of them met. They were friends for years and went on non-dates. Everyone thought that was bogus because they certainly acted as if they were dating. One server at a restaurant said they acted as if they had been married for five years or so.
And I am grateful that my mom could make it to the wedding.
I'm grateful for my dolls but mostly I'm grateful for the people I've met through this hobby.
What are you thankful for?
Have a great rest of your Monday!