Instead we bought a 10-pound turkey for $5. That is $545 dollars less than the Lab[r]adoodle [sic] puppies, plus the bird was already plucked and gutted.
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In the five years we've homeschooled, I have only managed a Thanksgiving craft once. This week when I suggested a craft, Klaxon said "If you force me to make a hand print turkey, I will definitely not be giving thanks." I couldn't argue with him. I'm not much of a Thanksgiving fan either. Canadian Thanksgiving is a pale imitation of the original, superior American Thanksgiving.
STOP! Do not immediately page to the bottom of this post and write "Canadian Thanksgiving is the original Thanksgiving because in the summer of 1578 Martin Frobisher said a prayer giving thanks while on Baffin Island!!11!!" Yes, this is the story taught to Canadians in elementary school that legitimizes our tradition as separate from the American version. It's also a passive aggressive dig that the Americans are copying us, as their Thanksgiving is traced to 1621. But I don't believe a transient British explorer reciting a single prayer in the summertime should be considered the inspiration for our current, turkey-centric, harvest festival. Historians trace our Thanksgiving to Upper Canada in the 1800s, and merchants deliberately patterned the day after the American version.
In order for me to like Thanksgiving one or both of the following changes will need to occur:
1. we roll back the date to match the American holiday. TWO DAYS OFF! CHRISTMAS BARGAIN SHOPPING! THEMATIC TELEVISION SPECIALS! NOT HAVING TO DO YARD WORK,
2. instead of imitating the American holiday's themes and foods, we create uniquely Canadian traditions. We use it as an opportunity to teach young people about Canada's history, ie there were no Pilgrims here. Let's forgo turkey in favour of locally popular or regionally sourced foods, ie Alberta beef, Kraft Dinner, caribou, maple syrup, moose, salmon, Timbits, perogies, LAB[R]ADOODLE [sic] PIE!