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Thanksgiving Traditions

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Thanksgiving Traditions

By: Guest Blogger
[caption id="attachment_3067" align="alignnone" width="225" caption="Annabel trying out a traditional Aboriginal backrest in Heritage Park's teepee exhibit"] [/caption]   For me, Thanksgiving is all about family. Both my family and my husband's family are nearby, so we wind up having two big dinners. That basically means I ate way too much, and am only  just now coming off my turkey hangover. Plus, ever since we had my daughter, everyone is SO much more excited to have these gatherings. She is the main attraction, after all. Dinners aside, Thanksgiving is also about giving thanks and passing along traditions. I was interested to learn about Share Thanksgiving, an initiative that connects recent immigrant families with established Canadian families to share a meal, give thanks and introduce them to some Canadian holiday traditions. What a great way to welcome newcomers to Canada and make them feel a little less lost in a new country. While my family didn't host any new immigrants this year, we did start a new tradition of  sorts, heading to our local historic village, Heritage Park, which is also Canada’s largest living history museum. I had gone there a lot as a kid, and hadn't been in quite a few years. I was surprised at just how much there was to do, and how well done everything was. We hopped aboard the booming steam train, rode on the antique midway rides, said hi to some farm animals, visited a few beautifully preserved heritage buildings, took in a demonstration of traditional Blackfoot dancing at the Aboriginal teepee exhibit, and topped things off with tasty gingerbread cookies. It was a super fun day, and I look forward to continuing it for years ahead. It made me feel very thankful to be able to share such special memories with my family. [caption id="attachment_3068" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Riding the antique carousel at Heritage Park"] [/caption] I hope you and yours also had a great Thanksgiving. Tell us what Thanksgiving activities/traditions your family takes part in.        
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