Brenda is an Ottawa native with a small eBay store. As Treasures by Brenda she sells a variety of new, used and vintage merchandise.
Celebrate Thanksgiving Day in Canada
Thanksgiving Day in Canada is a beautiful children's picture book that was written by Krys Val Lewicki and illustrated by Ana Auml. It tells the story of a family that travels to their Grandparents home for a traditional dinner in Canada. While there, they learn the story of why we call it what we do and why the Canadians and the Americans celebrate it on separate days.
This book, however, deals with more than the simple history of the Canadian holiday. After the Grandfather shares the information with the children about the actual history of this holiday, the book goes on to tell of the family traditions that the Grandmother had when she was a young girl. If cooking this special holiday supper today is no fast or easy feat, imagine what it was like not too long ago when you did not even have a refrigerator. However, even in those days, there were definite family traditions that were followed every year.
The book shares in story form the history and tradition of this holiday and would be a great choice to share with your children whether you live in Canada or in the United States although it certainly does a nice job of explaining why Canada celebrates this special day and how the two countries settled on different days for this important holiday.
It is recommended for children aged 9 to 12. It is hard to find a good children's book with this Canadian perspective in it and I highly recommend it.
On this page, learn more about this book and about the history of Thanksgiving Day in Canada and the United States of America. You will also find some information about the author and links to more pages about children's books.
Do you know why we celebrate Thanksgiving Day? - How about the children in your life? Can they answer this question?
Thanksgiving Day in Canada, The History...
Even before Europeans settled in North America, they celebrated their thankfulness for food by filling a goat's horn with their fruit and grain. This was called a cornucopia or horn of plenty.
The first formal ceremony was held in Newfoundland in 1578 by a British navigator named Martin Frobisher. He was celebrating a safe homecoming rather than a harvest. He was giving thanks for having returned safely from his search for the Northwest Passage.
In 1621 the Pilgrims, English settlers at Plymouth, Massachusetts, celebrated their first harvest in the New World in what eventually became the United States. In the 1600s, the French settlers in Canada celebrated with 'The Order of Good Cheer.' and in the 1750's settlers from The United States brought their celebrations to Canada.
In 1879 the Canadian Parliament decided that November 6th would be a celebration of giving thanks called Thanksgiving day and a national holiday. The date was changed over the years though until Parliament finally determined in 1957 that this holiday would be observed on the second Monday each October. A great portion of the United States stays warmer longer than Canada and they therefore celebrate their harvest later than Canadians.
Who is Krys Val Lewicki?
Krys Val Lewicki is the author of this book.
Krys Val Lewicki is the author this book. He was born in Britain in 1948 but is a Canadian performer, a musician and a songwriter. He has toured Canada, done session work and created short songs for commercials. He worked for the Tommy Hunter Show. He has even been a ghost writer a book of poems. This book is his first book for children.
Before you came to this page, were you aware that Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving?
More Thanksgiving Reading
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A Fall Dinner Plan With Make-Ahead Recipes
- The Best-Ever EASY Pumpkin Pie Recipe
It may be a cheater recipe but it is delicious so try this one when you want a pumpkin pie but you don't feel like making the crust.
- Pieces of April Thanksgiving Movie Review
An interesting though gritty Thanksgiving movie.
- What's Cooking, A Thanksgiving Movie Review
A Thanksgiving movie which follows four families -- one Hispanic, one Vietnamese, one African American and one Jewish -- as they prepare...
© 2009 Treasures By Brenda
What traditions do you share with the children in your life?
Ruthi on October 01, 2013:
When my son was young I shared the traditional American holiday traditions as well as several European family traditions. Now that I have so many friends through cyberspace I discover there are so many important celebrations all over the world worthy of their place in my special occasion calendar. Naturally, Canadian holidays such as Thanksgiving is one of them.
Kathy McGraw from California on November 13, 2012:
I enjoyed reading the history of the Canadian Thanksgiving, and I am one that didn't realize it is in a different month than their neighbors down south.
Anthony Godinho from Ontario, Canada on October 08, 2012:
Wishing you and your family a Very Happy and Blessed Canadian Thanksgiving, Brenda. Hope you've had a wonderful long Thanksgiving weekend. Stay blessed! :)
JoyfulPamela2 from Pennsylvania, USA on November 18, 2009:
Brenda ~ I enjoyed reading about the history of the holiday in Canada! Congratulations on lens of the day.
stacy mcdaniel on November 16, 2009:
Awesome Lens! I love Thanksgiving.
mitchking on November 11, 2009:
Great Thanksgiving story that most do not know much about.
Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on November 09, 2009:
[in reply to marcerickson] Thanks so much for pointing out my error, Marc. I have corrected the text to show that Martin Frobisher was celebrating a safe homecoming from his search for the Northwest Passage on the Atlantic Ocean, not across it.
marcerickson on November 08, 2009:
The history I've read says that Frobisher was celebrating his safe return from a search for the Northwest Passage. He was travelling on the Atlantic - but across to me implies to or from Europe, which he was not doing.Otherwise very nice.
Cheryl Kohan from England on November 08, 2009:
Congratulations on LOTD. I have blogging friends from Canada so I'm familiar with that tradtion. However, I didn't realize that the reason Canada celebrates it earlier is weather related. Very nice lens, Brenda.
eccles1 on November 07, 2009:
Congratulations on lens of the day! beautiful lens
jerry-allen on November 06, 2009:
I thought thanksgiving day is celebrates on same day in whole world.Now its clear. Nice review on thanks giving story. Sometimes we really don't know why we celebrate some days. If we know why we celebrate i think that twice up our enjoyment.
MAZEN on November 05, 2009:
With family traditions! make me remember my family, i live very far, thanks for your nice lens
Tonie Cook from USA on November 05, 2009:
Excellent source of information about Thanksgiving. Thank you for sharing.
momto4 lm on November 05, 2009:
Wonderful lens! Congratulations on LOTD!
BWDuerr from Henrietta, New York on November 05, 2009:
Congrats on the LotD! Great book review, not to mention the clarification on the differences between the Canada and U.S. Thanksgiving. I knew that Canada celebrates the holiday. Also new about the date difference, but not why. 5 star material, and a lensroll to my Thanksgiving recipe lens. I wish I could bless you, after you helped me with one of my lens. :D
Paula Atwell from Cleveland, OH on November 05, 2009:
The cover of the book is really lovely. This is a great take on the Thanksgiving subject, as I think most Americans think Thanksgiving is only an American holiday. Congrats on Lotd. And blessed by me. :)
anonymous on November 05, 2009:
Beautiful Brenda! Congratulations on LOTD!! :)
Mary from Chicago area on November 05, 2009:
Lovely lens, Brenda. Thrilled you snagged LotD--well-deserved!
anonymous on November 05, 2009:
I've started doing puppet shows - especially personalized ones - to celebrate a child's birthday. Completely delightful and memorable!
Kiwisoutback from Massachusetts on November 05, 2009:
Congratulations on LOTD Brenda!
Treasures By Brenda (author) from Canada on November 05, 2009:
Dom, I don't think anyone has ever apologized for not being an Angel before! Thanks for making me smile (again) in a day that has been packed with smiles! [in reply to prosperity66]
Robin S from USA on November 05, 2009:
Congrats on LotD!
anonymous on November 05, 2009:
So thrilled to see you get LOTD Brenda. And of course this is also a Bless worthy lens!
greenstarbuilders on November 05, 2009:
Congratulations on lens of the day!
BusyQueen on November 05, 2009:
Happy Thanksgiving and a great lens! 5 stars! Family gatherings are a tradition.
justholidays on November 05, 2009:
You built a fantastic lens, Brenda! It's full of interesting historical information (I'm fond of history) and I love Canada!I'm so sorry for not being an angel :)Dom.
Spook LM on November 05, 2009:
I think I forgot to add, congratulations on LOTD?
Spook LM on November 05, 2009:
Horn of plenty, fascinating. beautiful lens. We never really had traditions in my part of Africa. Of course Easter and Xmas and Guy Fawkes day with fireworks and because my Mum was Irish, St. Patricks day but that was mainly for her to celebrate and be spoilt by the rest of us. She still had to do the cooking of course. Blessed by an Angel.
Frankie Kangas from California on November 05, 2009:
Nope. I didn't know Canadians celebrated Thanksgiving. Wonderful lens full of interesting information. Congrats on LotD. Bear hugs, Frankie
myraggededge on November 05, 2009:
Right now, this very moment, my kids are on their way to a fireworks display to 'celebrate' the foiled plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament. November 5th is Guy Fawkes night. Great lens, Brenda, and thanks for my recent blessing!
tandemonimom lm on November 05, 2009:
Beautiful lens! Congrats on LOTD and a great book review! (Yes, I knew Canadians celebrated on a different day!)
enslavedbyfaeries on November 05, 2009:
Woohoo! Congratulations on LOTD!
Patricia on November 05, 2009:
Congrats on LOTD!
poutine on November 05, 2009:
We have all the Canadian Thanksgiving food and watch football.Poutine
Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on November 05, 2009:
We have holiday traditions, of course, but we have some (mildly) embarrassing family stories that we love to bring up when we celebrate as a family. It makes us all laugh together! Congratulations, Brenda, on this lovely lens of the day!
WindyWintersHubs from Vancouver Island, BC on November 05, 2009:
Congratulations on LOTD! What a perfect story to share about a Canadian Thanksgiving. We celebrate a Canadian Thanksgiving with family and a home-cooked turkey dinner. Thanks for adding your lens to: A RocketMoms Thanksgiving Day Feast Happy Thanksgiving! :)
KimGiancaterino on November 05, 2009:
I have family in Canada and they celebrate both Thanksgiving holidays. Congratulations on LOTD.
Artemus-Gordon on November 05, 2009:
Great lens on Thanksgiving in Canada. Such a big deal is made of Thanksgiving in the US we forget about others.
Sherry Venegas from La Verne, CA on November 05, 2009:
Very interesting. good review on the book and nicely done lens. LOTD Congrats.
Dianne Loomos on November 05, 2009:
A beautiful lens as always. Angel Blessings to you and Congratulations on LOTD!
religions7 on November 05, 2009:
We still celebrate 'Sinterklaas' yearly with my brothers, their girlfriends and my parents - which is a bit like Santaclaus, except the Dutch celebrate his birthday on December 5th. We also celebrate Christmas, without presents, with my grandmother and her various offspring. No 'thanksgiving' though. I'm surprised to hear that holiday is of European origin. Congratulations on another LOTD :)
Leanne Chesser on November 05, 2009:
Congrats on LOTD! Great lens about Thanksgiving Day in Canada!
HorseAndPony LM on November 05, 2009:
Congratulations on LOTD! What a great lens and I especially love that book Everyday Traditions.
Tarra99 on November 05, 2009:
Great lens Brenda! At our table we like to go around and give everyone a chance to say what they are thankful for...I love thanksgiving! :o) Congrats on LOTD!
Kirsti A. Dyer from Northern California on November 05, 2009:
Congrats on LOTD. I didn't know that Thanksgiving was celebrated in other countries.
oztoo lm on November 04, 2009:
Well I learned something new. Didn't know canadians celebrated on a different day. Now I know when and why. This sounds like a great book to teach children about these traditions.
happynutritionist on November 03, 2009:
Very nice job lens, knew from friends that Canada celebrated earlier than we did. My children are grown, but we have always gathered as a family for Thanksgiving, as many do, and will do so again this year...doing something new though, eating out. Will miss some of those home-made dishes, but will make up for it on Christmas. 5stars ~claudia
anonymous on November 03, 2009:
I share the tradition of a loving and supportive family.Lovely Thanks Giving lens, and blessed!Best wishes to you always,Susie
HorseAndPony LM on November 03, 2009:
This is a beautiful lens. I love the Everyday Traditions book. What a great idea.