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#1 Thu 04 Oct 12 7:43pm

koukouvagia

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Canadian Thanksgiving

Is Canadian Thanksgiving similar to American Thanksgiving?  We usually go to our friend's house who is Canadian and the menu is almost always a jerked leg of goat, some kind of vegetable soup and apple pie.  I'm just wondering if this is what every Canadian has for Thanksgiving.

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#2 Fri 05 Oct 12 7:58am

Ashen

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Re: Canadian Thanksgiving

I wish big_smile .. I love curried or jerked goat

More typical would be turkey with  traditional types of trimmings.  maybe  potatoes, squash, dressing/stuffing, cranberry sauce,  brussel sprouts , some sort of veg casserole , carrots ,parsnips etc .   pies for dessert. apple and pumpkin are pretty standard.  A large ham or pork roast or beef prime rib would be most usual for alternatives to turkey for  main protein. Canada is a largely multicultural nation so the variations beyond that are  countless.

In general I  think thanksgiving in the USA is a much bigger deal than thanksgiving is in Canada. My wife and I were visiting her family in florida last year during American thanksgiving and we were a bit shocked at how seriously it is celebrated there.


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#3 Fri 05 Oct 12 9:37am

mummza

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Re: Canadian Thanksgiving

Much the sand as what has become the traditional British Christmas dinner ,Ashen.
Except traditional it's a ' Christmas pudding' that gets eaten for desert.

I think the level of celebrations , traditions etc at times like thanksgiving and Christmas etc just depends on each different family.
Our Christmas is very very quiet compared to many of our friends , it's more about spending time together rather than lavish celebration.

I also associate Thanksgiving and Turkey together for thanksgiving , for both Canada and America.
For years I thought thanksgiving was the same day throughout all counties that celebrated it , but it wasn't until relatively recent years and through the forum that I learned Canadian thanksgiving and American thanksgiving we're on different dates.

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#4 Fri 05 Oct 12 1:05pm

koukouvagia

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Re: Canadian Thanksgiving

Ashen wrote:

I wish big_smile .. I love curried or jerked goat

More typical would be turkey with  traditional types of trimmings.  maybe  potatoes, squash, dressing/stuffing, cranberry sauce,  brussel sprouts , some sort of veg casserole , carrots ,parsnips etc .   pies for dessert. apple and pumpkin are pretty standard.  A large ham or pork roast or beef prime rib would be most usual for alternatives to turkey for  main protein. Canada is a largely multicultural nation so the variations beyond that are  countless.

In general I  think thanksgiving in the USA is a much bigger deal than thanksgiving is in Canada. My wife and I were visiting her family in florida last year during American thanksgiving and we were a bit shocked at how seriously it is celebrated there.

It's the biggest holiday here I believe.  It's certainly the busiest travel weekend of the year that's for sure.

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#5 Fri 05 Oct 12 4:28pm

MsPablo

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Re: Canadian Thanksgiving

I can vouch for that!  Once, we had to fly out of Dulles airport just before Thanksgiving.  The security line took 3 hours.

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