To kick off our family’s season of thanksgiving this year, we celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving on October 14th with several friends, one of whom is actually Canadian! 🙂 Canadian Thanksgiving seems to share many of the same traditions as American Thanksgiving, so we enjoyed a fairly traditional (for us) Thanksgiving meal. (You’ll be seeing some of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes in the days to come!)
The girls and I got out all of our Thanksgiving decorations and books. (You’ll be hearing more about those books in the days to come!) We decorated the table with the gorgeous table runner my mom made while teaching my girls how to quilt. They each quilted one of the flowers with her, including the littlest, who was only one at the time. She sat on Grandma’s lap at the sewing machine, so proud that she was participating in making this present for Mommy.
This was all a big surprise to me, so I got to enjoy the pictures later and find out all about the process. My favorite thing about it is that I get to hear all about it every year when we pull it out. Since we live so far away from the grandparents, these memories are so very special!
We asked our Canadian guest to tell us about Canadian Thanksgiving, and we learned that it is a harvest festival, a time to give thanks for an abundant harvest. There is a lot of disagreement over when and where the first Canadian Thanksgiving took place, but they all were for the same purpose of giving thanks to God for His blessings.
I decided to make some free thanksgiving printables for you to enjoy throughout this series. Here is the first. I hope you enjoy them! (To download, right-click on the image below and choose “Save link as…”)
I have a few of the printables planned, but I’m open to suggestions if you have a favorite Thanksgiving verse, hymn, or quote you’d like me to try. Please leave it in the comments section below. Happy (first) Thanksgiving!
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