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Old 11-28-2002, 11:27 AM   #1
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Question Is it just me, or is Thanksgiving just not as important here as it is in the US?

I dont know about you guys, but I dont know a single person that really makes such a HUGE deal over Thanksgiving like the Americans do. Not that I'm knocking them...it just seems odd to me...its almost like friggin x-mas for them!

I mean, my family doesnt do anything really, and the people that do, usually just eat a nice meal with their immedeate(sp?) families, nothing special.

What aboot you guys?
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Old 11-28-2002, 02:00 PM   #2
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Goose, you're in Montreal. French folk and Quebecois in general typically don't go for the whole turkey dinner thing during 'Action De Grace', it most probably has a lot to do with the tradition's origin. I know some west-islanders and other anglos in Westmount that have more conservative families who follow the tradition but other than that for most of my poutine-eating friends it's just another day off from work.
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Old 11-28-2002, 02:39 PM   #3
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Pardon me if I'm mistaken, but the Americans see themselves as the first people here. (first non-Nordic, non-aboriginal, anyway) The pilgrims had settled (conquered / confiscated) quite a bit of the land before Canadians really started to dig in, eh? The Canadians west of Lower Canada were primarily fur-traders and railroad people. Manifest Destiny wasn't really part of the mentality; those who became the Quebecois and Ontarians were still at war.

So, the Americans are thankful that they had found(ed) a 'new land', a 'new home'. Our wilderness was just the backyard of the ever-growing British Empire
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Old 11-28-2002, 02:41 PM   #4
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I believe they were just giving thanks for the land being here to allow them to escape the oppression that was 15th century europe

Columbus day is what it sounds like you're thinking of TiTaNiuM sAMuRai
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Old 11-28-2002, 09:47 PM   #5
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In the US Thanksgiving is "the" family day!!!The whole family!!

Christmas is more for the parents and kids!!

In my house it was the other way around!! Christmas was the big family day!!

Of cource the true meaning of Thanksgiving day is Football , Beer and stuffing your self with turkey

This is going on all day as the country sits infront of the tube watching football What a bunch of morons! Just kidding!!!

I couldn't resist!! CNN made me do it!!
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