October 14, 2013

Canadian Thanksgiving / Columbus Day

I'm off today and not really writing.  It's Thanksgiving here in Canada.  Just like we like to get our July 1st Canada Day in before the U.S. gets in it's July 4th holiday, we like to be first with Thanksgiving as well.  Or it might be related to the fact that it does get colder here earlier and we don't want to be eating frostbitten fare at our Thanksgiving Day celebrations.  Other than that, it's pretty much the same as in the U.S. - turkey and lots of other food, giving thanks, and watching football. 
 
Of course there are some differences.  Our Thanksgiving football does not include the Lions or the Cowboys, just Canadian Football League and whatever NFL Monday Night game is on.  Oh, and we don't have a Black Friday following it since our Thanksgiving is on a Monday.  The American Black Friday has become our Canadian Black Friday, since we all used to go cross border shopping and Canadian businesses were losing out by not competing.   The same is even more true for cyber-Monday, it's not just an American phenomenon.
 
In any case, Happy Columbus Day to my American friends and Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends.
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