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Celebrating Thanksgiving with Family, Finding the Perfect Gourd
Not much goes on in the way of celebration of Canada’s Thanksgiving here but since it does often co-inside with the American Columbus Day school-and-government holiday, we use that as a reason to go to Goebbert’s Farm in South Barrington. We usually start our visit by finding the perfect gourds to decorate the house with. Each year, there seems to be a new colour or bizarrely-shaped gourd. This year, there were red pumpkins–as in a full-on Christmas-like red. I passed on them. As far out as I like to go is white mixed with greens, oranges and yellow. Roger always picks the Indian corn for hanging on the door. Since we have no little kids anymore I don’t go all-out with the spooky decor, though I do have some porcelain favorites, with a farm-scene scarecrow, and a little witch and ghost. We have a pretty life-like/life size looking raven, too, but my days of spreading fake webs around are over– so horns-o-plenty with colourful gourds it is. Oh, we put large pumpkins outside to gives thing some colour. And if I found a cool zombie I would get it to hang up.
To celebrate Thanksgiving without the work we stopped by the always-delish Goebbert’s bakery which is conveniently on site with the gourds, the kid stuff like animal rides, hay rides, the haunted house and the ones we don’t pass up–the animal farm and the corn maze. Hot cider and fresh apple pie is my standard and the boys do pumpkin pie. We brought home apple cider donuts, apple butter and pumpkin butter, too. It was a beautiful, temperate day–totally different than how it will be in six weeks for American Thanksgiving.
Hope everyone had as nice a day as we did!
Happy Thanksgiving! Have a great week!
History of Thanksgiving in Canada
The history of Thanksgiving in Canada goes back to an English explorer, Martin Frobisher, who had been futilely attempting to find a northern passage to the Orient. He did, however, establish a settlement in Canada. In the year 1578, Frobisher held a formal ceremony in what is now the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, to give thanks for surviving the long journey. This event is widely considered to be the first Canadian Thanksgiving, and the first official Thanksgiving to occur in North America. More settlers arrived and continued the ceremonial tradition initiated by Frobisher, who was eventually knighted and had an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean in northern Canada named after him — Frobisher Bay now known as Iqualuit.
It should be noted that the 1578 ceremony was not the first Thanksgiving as defined by First Nations tradition. Long before the time of Martin Frobisher, it was traditional in many First Nations cultures to offer an official giving of thanks during autumnal gatherings. In Haudenasonee culture, Thanksgiving is a prayer recited to honor “the three sisters” (i.e., beans, corn and squash) during the fall harvest.
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