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Thanksgiving Day
is a national holiday celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. Several other places around the world observe similar celebrations. It is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States and on the second Monday of October in Canada. Thanksgiving has its historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, and has long been celebrated in a secular manner as well.

Prayers of thanks and special thanksgiving ceremonies are common among almost all religions after harvests and at other times. The Thanksgiving holiday's history in North America is rooted in English traditions dating from the Protestant Reformation. It also has aspects of a harvest festival, even though the harvest in New England occurs well before the late-November date on which the modern Thanksgiving holiday is celebrated.

The origins of Canadian Thanksgiving are traced to the French settlers who came to New France with explorer Samuel de Champlain in the early 17th century, who celebrated their successful harvests. The French settlers in the area typically had feasts at the end of the harvest season and continued throughout the winter season, even sharing food with the indigenous peoples of the area.

As settlers arrived in Canada from New England, late autumn Thanksgiving celebrations became common. New immigrants into the country, such as the Irish, Scottish and Germans, also added their own traditions to the harvest celebrations. Most of the U.S. aspects of Thanksgiving (such as the turkey), were incorporated when United Empire Loyalists began to flee from the United States during the American Revolution and settled in Canada.

Thanksgiving is now a statutory holiday in most jurisdictions of Canada, with the exception of the Atlantic provinces of Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
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Here we are..... 2014 Thanksgiving...

Please allow me to wish everyone, friend and foe alike, a Happy Thanksgiving. May you all enjoy the holiday weekend with family and friends.
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Thanks Moe...


Thanksgiving may be the only major American holiday focused on giving thanks for all of life's blessings, but gratitude isn't just a good excuse for chowing down on turkey and pumpkin pie; it's also a way to promote good will, health and well-being.

Enjoy the Holiday!
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During these troubled times.....

Thanksgiving to me, takes on a special meaning. That meaning is the continued peace and serenity we enjoy in the USA.

Grateful and heartfelt thanks to all who serve to preserve the peaceful lives we lead.

A Happy Thanksgiving to all.
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Wishing everyone a most Happy Thanksgiving.
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Same to you and yours Moe.... Again, my sincere condolences for your loss.
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Indeed, Happy Thanksgiving to our American cousins, although I would dispute the origins.

It was originally a pagan festival celebrated by those who had enough food and spare time to have a knees-up when the full moon the Harvest Moon was nearest the autumnal equinox. It was only in 1843 that the Rev Robert Hawker, from Cornwall, England, started the trend of holding a service, offering communion bread made from the first cut of corn.
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