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With Canadian Thanksgiving coming up this weekend, I decided to read some background on the origins of this holiday and found that the information was a jumble of ideas and beliefs, historical evidence, and a lot of surmise. This holiday celebrated everything from a reunion of Martin Frobisher’s scattered windblown fleet in northern Canada in 1578 to Champlain’s feasts of thanksgiving for the harvest with the Mi’kmaqs and the French in 1606 (at which time the Mi’kmaqs introduced cranberries to the pioneers’ diet and helped prevent scurvy).

The  American influence brought the North American turkey, pumpkins, and squash to the Thanksgiving feast in the 1750s.

On January 31, 1957, the annual harvest time feast became an official holiday. In Canada it was to be held on the second Monday of October. An earlier November date was changed so it would not interfere with Remembrance Day on November 11.


Whatever the historical reasons for dates and for celebrating, it is commonly accepted that it is a time to give thanks for our many blessings.

These blessings may differ from one person to another, but the feeling of gratitude is the same.

Some traits to consider, one for each letter of Happy Thanksgiving:



















I hope you all have a million things to be thankful for this year. I know I do.

Author: wordsfromanneli

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34 thoughts on “Gratitude

  1. Gratitude is the attitude for sure, Anneli. We are all so quick to complain about what we don’t like, we need to be thankful for what we do like. Your post is spot on. Allan

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  2. Thanks, Anneli, for the research on Thanksgiving. Very interesting and we do have lots to be grateful for. Happy Thanksgiving to you and all your loved ones. ❤

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  3. We have so much to be grateful for, just waking up for another day is something to be grateful for. ❤️ Have a wonderful holiday, Anneli. ☺️🇨🇦

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  4. I do as well. Not least is my good health. There are many, many others. Thanks for such a good post.

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  5. I like your thanksgiving acrostic very much, Anneli.

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  6. Yes,there are a lot of things to be thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.

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  7. Very nice post. Happy Thanksgiving, Anneli!

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  8. Thankful for every single day of my life.

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  9. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year, Anneli, however it came about. I just love that it isn’t all about presents and shopping (though that seems to be changing). I wish you a wonderful weekend with many blessings to ponder and be grateful for. ❤

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  10. Happy Thanksgiving, Anneli! Interesting that it was moved from November and why. I mean, the US has Veteran’s Day on (or now around) November 11. We have no trouble heaping holidays on top of holidays here hahaha. In fact, I think American retailers used to love that Christmas began with Thanksgiving.

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  11. There are already Christmas decorations out in UK shops too! I don’t like that. It should be a special week, not controlled by three months of commerical exploitation. I read somewhere that inthe Victorian era, some people wouldn’t put them up until Christmas Eve – cannot imagine what they’d think of the modern way. Anyway, happy thanksgiving Anneli 🙂

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  12. This is a wonderful acrostic about remembering the many blessings we have! I enjoyed reading about the history of Thanksgiving and I’m glad they changed the date to honor Remembrance Day.

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  13. Anneli, thanks for sharing the history behind Canada’s Thanksgiving. Given the times we live in, it is a blessing to take time (every day) to express our gratitude filled with thanksgiving.

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