In Latin communities, Thanksgiving Day is known as día de gracias o acción de gracias. Their pattern and timing (November) follows the US tradition. Canada, however, according to some sources was the first country to celebrate thanksgiving going back to 1578 (Before Canada was even a country).   Thanksgiving was proclaimed a national holiday in 1879 when Parliament called it “a day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed.”

A worship song which invites or commands people to enter into God’s presence (His gates) with thanksgiving and praise is based on Psalm 100.  Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving with a meal of turkey, potatoes, gravy, squash and other foods which are part of the fall harvest – such as pumpkin pie.

What would you give thanks for this year? I am grateful for a new home in our apartment, for my daughter and son-in-law, my husband, for health, for family, friends and a home church. I am thankful for new life in the two babies I saw in the Dominican in August. I am thankful for the gift of eternal life as a result of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. I am thankful for freedom to write about my faith.

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