Monday, November 24, 2008

Why American Thanksgiving is Better Than Canadian Thanksgiving

Canada celebrates Thanksgiving too. Bet you didn’t know that. If you were aware of this fact, did you know it is not celebrated on the same day? Every year when this week in November rolls around I grow jealous and I’ll tell you why:

Time Off
Canadian Thanksgiving is always the second Monday in October, which results in a three day weekend. US Thanksgiving is the last Thursday in November, which usually results in a four day weekend; four and a half if folks leave early on Wednesday, five if you have balls and just blow off work entirely on Wednesday. In fact, since it is the biggest travel time of the year, most people can get away with going AWOL on Wednesday by shrugging and saying in an exasperated voice “You know… Thanksgiving…”

Football
This on is a toss up. Canadian Thanksgiving features two CFL games while American Thanksgiving has three NFL games. However one of those NFL games is always the Detroit Lions, so it shouldn’t really count.

Time of Year
Canadian Thanksgiving is still very early in autumn. We have not yet had the worst of the crummy fall weather. A later holiday would give people more to look forward to while slogging out the October freezing rains and shortening days. Plus a late November holiday seems like a perfect interlude before a month of Christmas insanity.
Which leads me to:

Proximity to Christmas
Christmas in Canada is the Big Event. Expectations are you must spend time (and we are talking quality time) with every family member: his, hers, yours, mine & ours. American Thanksgiving is the perfect pressure release valve for Christmas. Two ‘family’ related events within a month can spread out the guilt and disappointment that you spent one holiday with Dad and his new wife instead of Mom, her cats and the sad neighbour who isn’t really her boyfriend but always seems to be hanging around.

Happy Thanksgiving to all the friends of Dogs & Jeans who will be eating instead of blogging this week.

11 comments:

thistle said...

huh...interesting breakdown, comparing the two...although i personally somehow always manage to make my Canadian T'day into a four day weekend (yet another weekend i don't want friends, family and...er...co-workers to know about my blog)

...in fact, i've been doing it so long i have actually referred to it as a 4 day weekend on my blog...oops, my bad...

and i prefer to have it away from Christmas to break up that long stretch of debauchery and eating into more manageable moments...

but, seriously, don't you think if Stephen H gets his way we'll move ours so it synchronizes with the US...

just sayin'...

Jaina said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you too! I'm going to be blogging up until my four day weekend ;)

Cocotte said...

Thanks Trooper! I'll still blog though.
So....since you don't have a November T-Day, when does the Xmas music officially start?

Swirl Girl said...

and don't forget about the movie tradition here in the US.

When I was a kid - Thanksgiving meant Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory or Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on t.v.

We would get to watch on the bed, since Football was on for the grown ups.

and go to my place, I left you something ....

Trooper Thorn said...

Thistle: I support Stephen H already, and if he adds the US T-day to the calendar it will just be icing on the cake.

Jaina: I expect a full report when you resurface.

Cocette: X-mas music officially starts right after Halloween, but some stores try to sneak it in even earlier but playing new 'holiday' albums by Feist and other Indy artists.

Swirl Girl: Good memory. Now that there are 24 hour movie channels and DVD downloads, the holiday TV tradition has lost it's panache.

thistle said...

ouch! LOL

Middle Aged Woman said...

I understand the Lions will begin the game versus the Titans by serving them up the 11-legged turkey in immediate surrender.

Mama Dawg said...

Yeah, I'll be eating...not. For some reason, my family has decided on appetizers for T'day this year.

WTF is up with that?

Therefore, I'm ordering a pizza and having a Rescue Me marathon instead.

Take that people in my family who are too lazy to cook a real meal.

Jennifer and Sandi said...

Hell I'm moving in with you. You get to spread out the love? We usually have to spend BOTH holidays with all mom's, dad's, wives, brothers, sister's, cousin's, & the mother's dog.

HAPPY TUESDAY!!

- Jennifer

Amber said...

*Ahem*
You forgot about the shopping related to the US Thanksgiving...
Canada's big shopping day is the day after Christmas.
As well, with my family you need that extra time in between the holidays to recoup and actually look forward to spending time with them.
I don't believe we've ever watched games on T-Day cause we usually bust out the card games, movies, and various video games...

Karen said...

I learned a whole bunch in this post about your country that I didn't know.