Thanksgiving Enlightenment

We had a discussion in the shop the other day and found out that very few people. including myself, don’t know the origins of Thanksgiving in Canada. So I have two questions for all of you.

  1. How did Thanksgiving come about in Canada?
  2. What does Thanksgiving mean to you?

The first question I will not answer for you; you have to do your own research on that one. The second question is pretty common I even saw a reporter asking people on the street the same question. They were giving the same dry old answers; my family, my children my job, my health, so on and so on. I kind of feel like people just give the same generic answers because it sounds nice. But let’s be honest when Thanksgiving rolls around, what are you thinking about? I’m pretty sure it’s not “thanks for your job”. It’s more like “thanks for the long weekend away from my job” or how much pumpkin pie, apple crisp or turkey and stuffing you’re going to eat.

We came to the conclusion that the whole idea behind Thanksgiving is reflection. We all need to reflect, and that’s why I’m writing this blog. I too forgot what Thanksgiving was about and I’m glad I was enlightened. We all need to slow down, take some time to reflect and be thankful for not just the things that are at the forefront but the things that we often forget. Like, we are breathing, we have water to drink, there aren’t bombs exploding outside our bedroom windows. We should especially be thankful for being welcomed and living in the greatest country in the world (uncontested). Take this time to reflect on the path you or your parents or grandparents took to ensure that you could be here and we’ll see you on Tuesday!

Peace and hair grease.