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CELEBRATE CANADIAN THANKSGIVING!

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Smokey - Angel- Dreamgirl- #31

Miss Quiet
 
 
Purred: Fri Oct 10, '08 8:06am PST 
Yes felines, it's that time of year....we cats north of the 49th parallel celebrate with turkey, pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes or whatever. Please come when you can, leave when you must...and tell us what YOUR furramily has at Thanksgiving and if you have any traditions at your house!
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Toby

I am the Boy in- the House!
 
 
Purred: Fri Oct 10, '08 8:08am PST 
HISTORY OF CANADIAN THANKSGIVING....LONG, BUT INTERESTING!!!!!

The history of Thanksgiving in Canada goes back to an explorer, Martin Frobisher, who had been trying to find a northern passage to the Orient. In the year 1578, he held a formal ceremony, in what is now the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, to give thanks for surviving the long journey. This feast is considered by many to be the first Thanksgiving celebration in North America, although celebrating the harvest and giving thanks for a successful bounty of crops had been a long-standing tradition throughout North America by various First Nations and Native American groups. First Nations and Native Americans throughout the Americas, including the Pueblo, Cherokee, Cree and many others organized harvest festivals, ceremonial dances, and other celebrations of thanks for centuries before the arrival of Europeans in North America [2]. Frobisher was later knighted and had an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean in northern Canada named after him — Frobisher Bay.

At the same time, French settlers, having crossed the ocean and arrived in Canada with explorer Samuel de Champlain, also held huge feasts of thanks. They even formed 'The Order of Good Cheer' and gladly shared their food with their First Nations neighbours.

After the Seven Years' War ended in 1763 handing over New France to the British, the citizens of Halifax held a special day of Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving days were observed beginning in 1799 but did not occur every year. After the American Revolution, American refugees who remained loyal to Great Britain moved from the United States and came to Canada. They brought the customs and practices of the American Thanksgiving to Canada. The first Thanksgiving Day after Canadian Confederation was observed as a civic holiday on April 5, 1872 to celebrate the recovery of the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) from a serious illness.

Starting in 1879 Thanksgiving Day was observed every year but the date was proclaimed annually and changed year to year. The theme of the Thanksgiving holiday also changed year to year to reflect an important event to be thankful for. In the early years it was for an abundant harvest and occasionally for a special anniversary.

After World War I, both Armistice Day and Thanksgiving were celebrated on the Monday of the week in which November 11 occurred. Ten years later, in 1931, the two days became separate holidays, and Armistice Day was renamed Remembrance Day.

On January 31, 1957, the Canadian Parliament proclaimed:

“ A Day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed … to be observed on the 2nd Monday in October
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Smokey - Angel- Dreamgirl- #31

Miss Quiet
 
 
Purred: Fri Oct 10, '08 8:26am PST 
Oh, I forgot to say that Toby and I made LOTS of food, and since it is the long weekend, we can do and eat whatever we want. I brought tons of turkey with dressing, nip pie, smoked salmon etc.
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Mr. Sam - Angel- Dreamboat#15

Mommy's best- friend forever.
 
 
Purred: Fri Oct 10, '08 1:32pm PST 
Hi Smokey and Toby! Happy Thanksgiving!! Smokey - I didn't know you were such a good cook!!! Yummy!way to goway to goway to go
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Smokey - Angel- Dreamgirl- #31

Miss Quiet
 
 
Purred: Fri Oct 10, '08 3:49pm PST 
Durn...mawmy is trying to pull up photos AND IT DOESN'T WORK...anyway...thanks for stopping by Sammy...my furever luv...and hope you can stop by later!
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Toby

I am the Boy in- the House!
 
 
Purred: Fri Oct 10, '08 3:50pm PST 
Hey Sam the man! So good to meow at you! Smokey is a FURRY GOOD cook..mmm this turkey is delish....dancing
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Mr. Sam - Angel- Dreamboat#15

Mommy's best- friend forever.
 
 
Purred: Fri Oct 10, '08 4:16pm PST 
It sure is, Toby!!! How are you little buddy??wave
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Liberty aka- Libby

Daddy's little- ninja girl!
 
 
Purred: Fri Oct 10, '08 4:16pm PST 
Hi Miss Smokey!!!

**shyly**

Hi Toby!!!cheercheercheercheer
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Thomas - brave- angel&hearts- ;

Mild-mannered- ninja.
 
 
Purred: Fri Oct 10, '08 4:39pm PST 
Yay turkey! Mmmmmm. I haven't had any good Canadian turkey in a long time. And that smoked fish Smokey brought is delish. *slurp slurp*

I know some of you are all about the pumpkin, but I brought some Québec sugar pie for dessert, and a pecan pie too! Maybe Alaidh will bring some Nanaimo bars! I do hope she and Sissy show up.

And here's some ice wine too. *pours it into little wine glasses and arranges them on a tray for those who want to try it*

Happy Canada-celebrating ear licks,
Thomas the ex-pat cat
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Smokey - Angel- Dreamgirl- #31

Miss Quiet
 
 
Purred: Fri Oct 10, '08 4:41pm PST 
Thomas ...so good to meet you! This Quebec pie is yummo!!!!! Where do you live now?
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