Happy “early” American Thanksgiving to All

Happy “early” American Thanksgiving to all of our friends south of the border.  You are welcome here and we would love to have you stay with us during your celebrations.  After all, we wouldn’t mind some turkey and stuffing should you have any leftovers, we’ll take some.

When you plan your trip up to Vancouver, why not stay with us and make sure that you book with us directly to get all of the best available rates and from now until the end of November, we do have a “CYBER” sale going on where you will be able to save up to 25% off.

What is the difference between Canadian and American Thanksgiving?  Why do Canadians celebrate in October and Americans in November?  Thanksgiving has always been a time for family and friends and in both of our countries, that’s the first and foremost reason.  Canadians (us) celebrate on the second Monday of October while our American friends celebrate on the third Thursday of November.

Nothing wrong with having a few friends over to celebrate such a wonderful holiday because no matter where you’re from it’s always a great reason to be thankful.

Some notable differences between Canadians and Americans are:

Canadians – We give thanks for a good harvest throughout the past year and it isn’t an actual holiday (Thanksgiving is optional in four out of our ten provinces – New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island).  Throughout the past few years, it has become one of the most important dates on the Canadian calendar.

Americans –  Giving thanks for God’s bounty and the generosity by Native Americans; it was originally founded as a religious observation for all members of a community to give thanks to God for a common purpose.

According to “wikipedia”, there are some of the other differences that both countries have.  If you look carefully, it’s mainly about food recipes and since we mentioned leftovers, we’re hungry again just reading this.  Be careful, you might get a tad hungry too…

Canadian pumpkin pie is spicy, with ginger, nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon, while American pumpkin pie is typically sweet and has custard in it.

Canadians bake their sweet potatoes or mash them into a puree, while Americans add butter, sugar and spices to make a casserole topped with marshmallows.

Canadians use bread crumbs or rice for stuffing and in the U.S. stuffing is made with cornbread base in Southern states, oysters are used in the Eastern states and the Northern states use rice like Canadians.

Canadians traditionally serve wheat-based rolls of bread with their dinner, while Americans tend to serve corn bread rolls, muffins or sliced loaves.

Okay, we’re completely full now but if anyone does want to stay with us and make some turkey to share with us on this special holiday, we will gladly oblige.

To all of our family and friends – American or Canadian, we look forward to welcoming you to your “home away from home”.  We hope to see you soon.