Honestly, I don’t’ know.
I always believed that it was because it got colder here sooner, so the harvest happened earlier and therefore Thanksgiving started earlier. It sounds logical, and might in fact be true. However, there might be more to it than that.
When you think about it, Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas dinner are rather similar (though my Oma made fish soup with paprika and chocolate cake…..). Maybe we just wanted to have two turkey seasons and wanted a bit of space between them. Paying for those lavish meals and inviting guests over, might require a bit more time to save money and get the house ready.
Having a long weekend in October as opposed to November would hardly seem to be a reason. If necessary, we could invent a holiday for every month. In fact, I think we already have.
From a retail perspective, it is probably easier now to transfer to Christmas right after Halloween, rather than have an intermediate step called Thanksgiving. Of course, based on comic strips and other jokes I have seen, this is already happening south of the border. Halloween gives way to Christmas and Thanksgiving decorations are relegated tot the Turkey aisle.
With hockey season just starting, it probably makes sense to get Thanksgiving out of the way. This way we save the trash talking for Christmas where is really belongs.
There will be a lot of leaves left to rake, and a stomach full of turkey, stuffing, cranberries and beer leads to turkey comas rather than full on raking parties.
These are all things to consider.
Happy Canadian Thanksgiving everyone.
If you don’t celebrate, I suggest we make it like St. Patrick’s Day and all get involved. We could make it a day when gun control, same sex marriage, and abortion rights, could apply to everyone.