What comes after Thanksgiving ?
Thanksgiving is a time to express gratitude for the blessings of life, to enjoy a hearty meal with family and friends, and to celebrate the harvest season. But what happens after Thanksgiving in Canada? How do Canadians spend the rest of their October and then November? Here are some insights:
- Relax and enjoy the fall colours. Unlike in the US, where Thanksgiving falls on the fourth Thursday of November, Canadian Thanksgiving is on the second Monday of October. This means that Canadians get to enjoy the peak of the fall foliage, with vibrant colours of red, orange, and yellow painting the landscape. Many take advantage of this opportunity to go for a hike, a bike ride, or a scenic drive to admire the beauty of nature. Some also visit pumpkin patches, corn mazes, or apple orchards for some fun activities and fresh produce.
- Nothing like homemade dishes and drinks. Although turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie are common staples on both sides of the border, we have some unique dishes and drinks to enjoy after Thanksgiving. For example, turkey soup or turkey pot pie with leftover turkey meat. And our always famous poutine, a year round staple but especially cozy at this time of year. Or maybe you might fancy some apple cider, maple syrup whiskey or ice wine.
- Gearing Up for Black Friday. In the US, the day after Thanksgiving is Black Friday, with the largest number of offers in stores in the country. Retailers here in Canada are not to be left out, also jumping on the bandwagon offering alluring shopping deals and discounts. Many seize the opportunity to do their holiday shopping or to treat themselves to something new.
Whether you are looking for some relaxation, some shopping, some history, or some food, there is definitely something for everyone after Thanksgiving. Celebrate the joys of autumn making the most of everyday.