Monday, October 8, 2007

Giving Thanks,


Happy Canadian Thanksgiving.

Today, our family will be sitting down to a dinner of turkey and other goodies and taking a moment to appreciate how fortunate we are. We have interesting lives and valuable contributions to make to friends, family and community. We have traveled to visit relatives and to see some of the world around us.

Canadian Thanksgiving has been a removable feast. The history I have discovered - and of course I always have to dig into the history is as follows:

The first Thanksgiving Day in Canada after Confederation was observed on April 15, 1872, to celebrate the recovery of The Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) from a serious illness.

No record is found of a Thanksgiving Day between 1872 and 1879.

From 1879 to 1898, both inclusive, it was observed on a Thursday in November. In 1899, it was fixed on a Thursday in October, where it stayed until 1907, with the exception of 1901 and 1904 when the date was fixed on a Thursday in November.
Who know why that was. lol

From 1936 to 1956, inclusive, a proclamation was issued yearly to appoint the second Monday of October as Thanksgiving Day. In 1957, a proclamation was issued fixing permanently Thanksgiving Day on that day, thus eliminating the necessity of an annual proclamation. There is a whole lot more than this of course, but I didn't want to drive you mad.


On our thanksgiving day I can't help but recall that I have met some wonderful and kind people during my foray into this blog and during the course of becoming an author. I can only hope they realize that they are appreciated, no matter what time of year.

For those of you whose Thanksgiving is today, or later in the year, I hope that your giving of thanks is as warm as ours.

I look forward to chatting with you later in the week about the customs and lives of those in the Regency.

Heartfelt best wishes and happy rambles

Michele