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Happy Canadian Thanksgiving

Posted by on October 10th, 2014

Thanksgiving2014Did you know that the first Thanksgiving celebration in North America actually took place in Canada? Back in 1578 an English sailor by that name of Sir Martin Frobisher landed on an island in northeastern Canada. He held his Thanksgiving celebration not for the harvest but in thanks for surviving the long journey from England through the perils of storms and icebergs. This celebration took place 43 years before the pilgrims landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Over the next few hundred years we celebrated Thanksgiving. It was on November 6th, 1879 that it was officially declared as a national holiday. It was changed again on January 31st, 1957, when the Canadian Parliament moved Thanksgiving to the second Monday in October. This change was required because after the World Wars, Remembrance Day (November 11th) and Thanksgiving kept falling on the same week. Another reason that Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving a month earlier, is that Canadian harvest season is finished sooner then our American neighbors to the south. Since Thanksgiving in Canada is more about giving thanks for the harvest season than the arrival of pilgrims, it makes sense to celebrate the holiday in October.

There are not many other differences between Canadian and American Thanksgiving, other than the date. Both Canadians and Americans celebrate Thanksgiving with parades, family gatherings, pumpkin pie and a lot of turkey!

From all of us at Canada Drugs, Happy Thanksgiving!

As we all get ready for Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend. We wanted to ask what you are doing to celebrate Thanksgiving this year? Do you have any family traditions that you’re looking forward to? Let us know all about your Thanksgiving plans!

Happy Thanksgiving from the Family

Posted by on October 5th, 2012

Monday the 8th of October is when our staff celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving. Why October? Well, let’s face it, it’s colder up here and our crops are harvested earlier! What are we thankful for? We are thankful that we are able to provide services to YOU. Don’t get us wrong, we’d all be happier if none of us needed to take the medications we do, but we’re thankful that you give us your trust to let our pharmacists around the world help you be able to afford the medication you do need to lead a healthy life. We’re a family and a family helps each other lead the happiest most fulfilling life possible.

So while your families may not be celebrating Thanksgiving this weekend like we will be…from our families to yours, thank you and we wish everyone a happy and healthy thanksgiving.

Here’s one of our favorite recipes for you to keep in mind for when American Thanksgiving rolls around in November.

Pumpkin Pie

What you need:

2-1/2 cups Honey Maid Graham Crumbs

1/2 cup butter, melted

3 eggs, beaten, divided

1 can (796 ml) pumpkin

1-1/2 cups half and half

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1-1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp. ground ginger

2 cups thawed Cool Whip Whipped Topping

Make It:

Heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Mix graham crumbs and butter; press half onto bottom and up side of each of 2 (9 inch) pie plates. Brush lightly with some of the egg. Bake 4 minutes. Meanwhile, mix remaining eggs with all remaining ingredients except Cool Whip until well blended.

Pour pumpkin filling evenly into crusts. Bake 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool completely. Top each slice with 1 tablespoon Cool Whip just before serving.