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Saturday, October 08, 2005

Thanksgiving ©

It's that time of year up here in the Great White North........
Ok it's more like the Great Multi Colored North.
The leaves have turned and it's harvest season.
The weather is beautiful even though it did rain today.
We have been experiencing summer weather at a time where it should be cold.
With this season it also brings us to Thanksgiving.
Now I know many people outside of North America don't have Thanksgiving so I will give you some facts and dispel some myths.

According to to what most people believe it was a day of celebrating a bountyful harvest. In essence it was and the local Indians were invited to the celebrations.
That was nice of the Pilgrims concidering they were screwed and dieing until the indians came along and showed them how to live on the land they now occupied. In fact there were only 20 or so left after the rest died during that first winter.
Now it is said that the first Thanksgiving was in 1621 and the pilgrims celebrated it every year thereafter.
This is not true.
In fact it was held once and not repeated. The fact that this became an origional holiday started by the Pilgrims in 1621 is not true either.
In fact it was an invented tradition.
It doesn't originate in any one event but is based on the New England puritan Thanksgiving, which is a religious Thanksgiving, and the traditional harvest celebrations of England.
Other aspects about Thanksgiving were added as the years went on to get us to where we are today.
But what ever the history is the one thing that remains true is that it gets family and friends together to celebrate a bountyful harvest.
So for those of you in Canada celebrating Thanksgiving, when you look at your bountyful harvest this year, don't look at the food.
Look at the people around you instead, because thats what matters the most.

Happy Thanksgiving


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