Post-Thanksgiving Facts

Do you know that here in Canada the history of Thanksgiving goes back to an explorer  Martin Frobisher, who had been trying to find a northern passage to the Pacific Ocean in 1578.

Martin Frobisher’s Thanksgiving was not for harvest but homecoming. He had safely returned from a search for the Northwest Passage.

In that same year, he held a formal ceremony in Newfoundland to give thanks for surviving the long journey. The feast was one of the first thanksgiving celebrations by Europeans in North America.

It was considered a historic Thanksgiving.

Through the years, there were a number of changes, such as when talking about recent history- the first Thanksgiving Day after Confederation was observed as a civic holiday on April 5, 1872, to celebrate the recovery of the Prince of  Wales ( later King Edward VII) froma serious illness.

Starting in 1879, Thanksgiving Day was observed every year, but the date was proclaimed annually and changed year to year.

I had been in a sense of awe when I stumble upon facts concerning Canada , and it’s rich history. I love Canada as much as I love my home country.

I am grateful for being here and being a Canadian because Canada let me realized the full potential of my dream.

And the reason I am talking about Thanksgiving is because after being gone for a long time ….here I am ..came back with something I love to talk about.

And lastly, do you know that a perfectly roasted turkey is undoubtedly the star of the show  when it comes to Thanksgiving  every second Monday in October here in Canada.


This is the best part of the fall season- one of the most anticipated meal of the month

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Again, a time for friends to be eating and drinking and having fun.

Living here in Canada, I learned to make a homemade turkey dinner every thanksgiving.


I have to say honestly, it wasn’t easy. It took me two years to be finally on my own preparing it.

When I first came , my husbands family invited us for two years and by then that is when I came to observed how his parents prepares it from the frozen turkey, to the dressing, to the gravy, to the mashed potatoes and a bake yam dessert topped with marshmallows.

On my third year in Canada, I finally decided it is time to move on and learn the basics of preparing a turkey dinner and share it with my own family and few friends I came to know.


It was a trial and error and only a matter of time until I began to show some mastery on how I wanted my dressing , gravy and turkey look and taste how I wanted it.


This year, it was so easy as I learned to improvise using other ingredients to enhance some flavor in my turkey dinner meal.

The only setback is, only the trio of us sat down for this year’s thanksgiving day, since most of the relatives and friends we know were away somewhere.


So, I prepared the turkey dinner without the flashy arrangement I normally do yearly with matching  table cloth and napkins.

The best part, I was able to enjoy the solemness of thanksgiving with my own family without all the pomp and romp of the occasion, just plain simple solemn thanksgiving.

What else can I wish for?

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