This year, the Thanksgiving holiday lands on Monday, October 9, 2023.
For those who celebrate, the Thanksgiving holiday is one rooted in historical significance. This holiday also flanks the unofficial start of the Autumn season, as well as giving families and loved ones a welcome opportunity to get together and celebrate over delicious food and great company.
In anticipation of Canadian Thanksgiving, the team at Royal LePage Your Community Realty have compiled 5 unique and family-friendly activities for people to participate in over the holiday.
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The history of Thanksgiving dates all the way back to its first year of official celebration in Canada, on November 6, 1879. From then on, the date was not fixed, but it became common to hold it on the second Monday in October, a tradition that has endured to this day.
The purpose of this annual event (and harvest festival) is to celebrate a healthy and prosperous harvest, as well as other good fortunes of the year that has passed. Distinct in its own celebration and historical significance from the American holiday that goes by the same name of “Thanksgiving”, this holiday is often referred to as “Canadian Thanksgiving”.
Per Wikipedia, it was the Governor General of Canada Vincent Massey who put forth the following proclamation on January 31, 1957:
"A Day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed – to be observed on the second Monday in October."
The history of this holiday is as rich in its roots as it is a beloved event in our modern-day culture.
At present, Thanksgiving in Canada remains a day of celebration. While the majority of Canadian families may not center their festivities around the traditional, i.e. the harvest, this holiday remains a time for gathering, celebration and gratitude for life’s blessings.
A statutory holiday throughout most of Canada, every family celebrating will have their own traditions, however, Thanksgiving has become synonymous with the themes of family gathering, hearty “comfort foods” like turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie, all against a cozy fall backdrop.
Now let’s move on to the 5 family-friendly activities that you and your loved ones can participate in over the Thanksgiving holiday.
Getting your family in the Thanksgiving spirit is easy, with a few fun and interactive activities to get everyone entertained and engaged over the holiday.
Any holiday is a good opportunity to share in the fun of a little crafting at home. From cards for little ones to give to family members over dinner to easy craft ideas for the table’s centerpiece.
Here are a few ideas and links to some great craft ideas for you and your family:
From seasonal wreaths to pumpkin-carving, there are countless DIY craft games for the little ones to take part in this season. This Fall Craft Guide from Good Housekeeping offers up some great craft ideas for kids of all ages!
Gathering everyone around the table is one of the highlights of any great Thanksgiving celebration. It’s that sense of togetherness and “breaking bread” with the ones you love - this is what it’s all about!
This year, make the moment extra-memorable with these fun and unique table-time ideas to partake in with your loved ones.
The years’ most colourful season, don’t miss out on the chance to take your celebrations outdoors and bask in the beauty of the crisp autumn air and brilliant foliage.
Here are a few ideas of how to get outdoors and make the most of the season this holiday.
If you’ve got some time to spare this holiday, why not volunteer a few hours of your time to a local cause. The holidays are especially challenging for many, and in the spirit of the season, what better way to show your gratitude for life’s blessings than by giving back to your community? Check out this EventBrite link for some ideas on how to get involved and give back this Thanksgiving.
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