Thanksgiving Traditions

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The leaves are already beginning to turn to beautiful oranges and reds, which means fall is coming and so is Thanksgiving. For many people with cottages, spending Thanksgiving at the lake, surrounded with the crisp smells of autumn is the marker of another full season coming to a close.

Thanksgiving became an official Canadian holiday on January 31, 1957, when Canadian Parliament announced, “A day of general thanksgiving to almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed will be observed on the second Monday in October.”

Turkey dinner is a staple for most families celebrating Thanksgiving, but there are many other cozy traditions that families participate in. With numerous fairs and festivals most weekends in October are filled with seasonal fun, especially the long Thanksgiving weekend.

Another tradition is a trip to an orchard, where cool breezes and crisp autumn air make spending the afternoon outdoors picking apples a favourite ritual for many people. Picking apples is a great activity for kids and adults alike.  And remember a good place to store apples short-term is in the refrigerator where it is cool. Put the apples in the crisper drawer. Do not store them with vegetables, as the apples may cause the veggies to ripen or rot prematurely. If you have a cellar, apples will stay fresh and crisp the winter through with optimal dark, cool conditions.

A trip to the pumpkin patch is a must – with Thanksgiving and Halloween so close together it’s a great time to pick out the perfect pumpkin for a jack-o-lantern or for a Thanksgiving pumpkin pie.

Thanksgiving is a great time to start a new tradition, or continue with an old one but it is always a great time to get together with friends and family and be thankful for all we are given each and every day!

By Tania Moher

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