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Donna Fletcher Crow (US) is the author of forty-some books, mostly novels dealing with the history of British Christianity. She is the author of The Monastery Murders series; The Lord Danvers Victorian True-Crime series; The Elizabeth & Richard literary mysteries, GLASTONBURY,A Novel of the Holy Grail and more. www.donnafletchercrow.com

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Canadian Thanksgiving

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 19, 2010

One of the great pleasures of a visit to Canada is how Canadian culture is such a skillful blend of American and English heritage and yet so distinctly Canadian.  This seemed especially apparent to me in experiencing my first Canadian Thanksgiving.

The holiday began by drawing from the English heritage as we celebrated Harvest Festival in church with special prayers, favorite hymns such as "Come, ye Thankful People, Come" and "Now Thank We All Our God" and sumptuous decorations, even though the event at St. John's was a bit low-key this year due to the Rector being on pilgrimage in England with a number of the parishioners.

 

                                

 

 

Although ancient in roots, Thanksgiving has been observed officially in Canada since 1879.  In its early days it was usually on a Thursday in November, but since 1957 it has been the second Monday in October, coinciding more nearly to the close of the harvest season.  Elizabeth and I chose to mark the day by taking the children to the Calgary Corn Maze— an exceedingly fun family day out which we shared with many other area families. 

                                 

 

 

 

 

 

Daunted by the idea of taking two young children into a 10-acre maze, we opted for the three-acre one.  Boards at various turns of the pattern offered stations where children could mark their fingers with different colors.  The pattern of your colors determined a fun activity, such as taking a bow or dancing a jig, at the completion of the puzzle.

              

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other fun activities included a petting zoo, racing pigs, simulated cow milking and loads of playground equipment with the very latest thing— jumping pillows. 

        

         

 

 

 

We returned home wind-burned, happy and hungry.  Being women and children alone we had neglected to shop for the traditional turkey which, in Canada as in its southern neighbor, would serve as centerpiece for the family feast.  As a matter-of-fact, our cupboards were a bit on the bare side.  

And then, oh joy, an invitation to dinner at the home of a gracious parishioner who, living away from her family, was gathering friends around her well-supplied table.  Thank you, Marilyn.

 A most enjoyable holiday experience.  My one problem was feeling disoriented.  At one point I recalled the turkeys on special at my favorite store and thought, "Oh, I've missed that this year.  They'll be all gone."  Then realized: No, I've six weeks yet to go.  I get to have two Thanksgivings this year!

Donna Fletcher Crow (US) is the author of forty-some books, mostly novels dealing with the history of British Christianity. She is the author of The Monastery Murders series; The Lord Danvers Victorian True-Crime series; The Elizabeth & Richard literary mysteries, GLASTONBURY,A Novel of the Holy Grail and more. www.donnafletchercrow.com

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Happy Thanksgiving to my friends, family and readers on both sides of the border and happy Harvest Festival to all in England. Indeed, we have so much to be thankful for.
-Donna, October 19, 2010

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