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День благодарения: What’s different in Canada?

Передано на ноябрь 25, 2010 – 1:35 вечера6 Comments

В честь американского Дня благодарения, Канадский Living magazine has posted a quiz: How do Canadian Thanksgiving feasts differ from American Thanksgivings?

I’ve found that the meals themselves are fairly similarиндейка, stuffing, соус, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, and a plentiful array of pies grace holiday tables on both sides of the border — но Канадский Living статья points out several small differences.

Для меня, the biggest difference is the relative importance of the holiday in the two countries: Thanksgiving is a much bigger deal south of the border. People certainly do have family dinners for Thanksgiving here in Canada, but there isn’t the mass travel frenzy you find in the States.

And I’m still adjusting to having our индейка праздник в октябре!

Как о вас, fellow American expats? Ты скучаешь американский День Благодарения? Leave a comment and let us know how you’re celebrating the US turkey day.

И проверить наш пост с прошлого Дня благодарения: Американский День благодарения: Do you miss it?

Счастливая американская благодарения!

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  • dan говорит:

    One major difference I’ve noted is that Americans tend to have their Thanksgiving meal on the Thursday evening, whereas Canadians have their meal anytime from Friday to Monday. I also find, in contras to what the magazine you cite suggests, that Canadian meals are nowhere near as monolithic as their American counterparts. Canadians tend to include local and ethnic specialities. My wife’s family always includes that delicious Prairie treat: the cabbage roll. I much prefer the Canadian celebration to the American one. While I miss seeing my family, I don’t miss the overshadowing of Thanksgiving by Christmas. Celebrating in October helps keep the holiday true to its roots as a harvest festival.

    • Каролин B. Хеллер говорит:

      Thanks for the comments, Dan. That’s true that there doesn’t seem to be a set day or time for the Thanksgiving meal in Canadajust some time during the Thanksgiving Day weekend. And I’ve never had cabbage rolls at Thanksgiving, but they sound delicious!

  • kmgm говорит:

    As an American living in Canada, this is the one holiday that really saddens me that I am not able to celebrate in true U.S. style. It truly is my favorite holiday. It has nothing to do with the nearing of Christmas, or Black Friday shopping (which I have never experienced) – it was about the being with my family, see my friends, playing and watching football, the cool New England weather, and of course the food.

    I struggled last Thursday as I watched my husband go off to work and put my children on the bus, and spent the day alone. This year is was a little bit harder because, we had parent/teacher conferences that night. No thanksgiving dinner.

    I’m thinking next year, I will keep the kids home.

    • Каролин B. Хеллер говорит:

      I feel the same wayThanksgiving is the one holiday that makes me feel homesick for my family and friends in the U.S. Some years we celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving, some years we make a Thanksgiving dinner during the weekend of American Thanksgiving (although rarely on Thanksgiving Thursday, since as you point out, it’s a school and work day), and some lucky years we celebrate both!

      Perhaps you could start a new Thanksgiving tradition for your family in Canada. Maybe it’s a good time to volunteer in your community? Our post http://www.livingabroadincanada.com/2009/11/25/american-thanksgiving-do-you-miss-it/ has links to resources for volunteers across Canada.

      Oh, and happy Thanksgiving!

  • Zhu говорит:

    Obviously, I can’t compare but I have the feeling that Thanksgiving is a much bigger deal in the U.S.A. Maybe because it is also a synonym of Black Friday and OMG-Christmas-is-coming?

    • Каролин B. Хеллер говорит:

      I’m not sure why Thanksgiving is a much bigger deal in the U.S. than in Canada, but I do think it preceded the creation of the “Черная пятница” shopping day. American schoolkids spend a lot of time learning about the Pilgrims who first settled the U.S. east coast and the legend of the first Thanksgiving, so the Thanksgiving dinner has a certain mythology surrounding it. It’s a non-religious holiday, so its celebration isn’t limited to particular religious groups, but that’s true in Canada as well.

      If anyone else has any thoughts about the relative importance of Thanksgiving in the U.S. и Канада, please chime in!