14 Fun Facts About Thanksgiving In Canada

  • Quebec calls Thanksgiving “Action de grâce.”

  • Canadians have celebrated Thanksgiving in Canada for 140 years, starting in November 6, 1879

  • Prior to 1957, Canada celebrated Thanksgiving on the third Monday of October. It officially moved to the second Monday of October via an announcement on January 31, 1957 by the Governor General of Canada.

  • The United States celebrates their Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday in November and ours is in October as it gets colder earlier and therefore, our harvest season is earlier.

  • It was originally celebrated as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year.

  • The first Canadian Thanksgiving is said to have traced back to 1578 with explorer Martin Frobisher. He had been trying to find a northern passage to the Pacific Ocean and held his Thanksgiving celebration not for harvest but in thanks for surviving the long journey from England through the perils of storms and icebergs. On his final voyage to the far north, Frobisher held a formal ceremony in Frobisher Bay in Baffin Island (present-day Nunavut) to give thanks to God and in a service ministered by the preacher Robert Wolfall they celebrated Communion.

  • Alternatively, some say that the origins of Canadian Thanksgiving are also sometimes traced to the French settlers who came to New France with explorer Samuel de Champlain in the early 17th century, who celebrated their successful harvests. The French settlers in the area typically had feasts at the end of the harvest season and continued throughout the winter season, even sharing food with the indigenous peoples of the area.

  • Columbus Day in the US and Thanksgiving in Canada have fallen around the same time since 1971.

  • With the exception of the Atlantic provinces of Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia, Thanksgiving is now a statutory holiday in most jurisdictions of Canada.
  • The cornucopia, also known as the horn of plenty, represents abundance and nourishment. It is particularly associated with the Thanksgiving holiday in North America.
  • About an hour west of us, our friends in Kitchener-Waterloo hold their “The Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest parade” on Thanksgiving Monday.
  • Turkey consumption can cause tiredness due to its tryptophan, a naturally occurring amino acid used by the human body to create serotonin, which promotes slow-wave sleep.
  • The breaking of the wishbone tradition originated when the ancient Romans pulled apart chicken bones looking for good luck. The English adopted it in the 16th century and then In the New World, Pilgrims played tug-of-war with wild turkey bones . The actual “wishbone” term emerged in the 1800’s.

Evening Shifts Are Tougher These Days

So I am very tired all the time these days. I guess the evening hours aren’t what my body wants either. I have been working in the 6:30 pm to 3:30 am shift for the past 2 weeks. Mornings I usually wake up between 10 am to 11 am and in full zombie mode I stagger to the bathroom to wash up and then brush my teeth. Coffee is what makes me come back to humanity.

After a quick breakfast, I then am at my desk until 1:30 pm when we have a quick lunch. I usually try to watch a movie or some tv show but nowadays I feel sleepy and tired and I just want to catch about an hour or 90 mins of a power nap. This is more and more like a necessity depending on what time I fall asleep at night. Since I reach home by 4am I usually watch a bit of tv at that time and fall asleep by 5 am. That means I am only getting 5 or 6 hours of sleep. So yes that 1 hour power nap is a much needed thing.

And now I am drinking coffee and munching on biscuits and will shower and shave and get ready to go to work. I hope my timings change soon and I get the morning shift once again. I usually am very, very relaxed at those times.