Based on no research whatsoever, I’d like to explain why the Canadian thanksgiving is so much earlier than the American thanksgiving holiday.
- It gets really cold up here in the north, by the time November rolls around, we’re not that thankful anymore. We have to get the holiday in early for it to have any authenticity at all.
- We’re really keen on seizing any opportunity to beat the Americans. Having our holiday earlier counts as a win in our eyes.
- We like to spread out our holidays. September has Labour Day, November has Remembrance Day, December has Christmas, which leaves October hurting for a holiday. Unfortunately Halloween is not considered a stat holiday (although it should be) so an early thanksgiving solves the problem.
- We’re not as over the top about our holidays as the Americans are so we don’t need the extra time to prepare.
See, who needs research when the reasons for an early thanksgiving are so obvious! Happy belated turkey day Canada!