dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

On the odd bond between Remembrance Day and Thanksgiving

As I've said before, I sometimes have the impression that Lynn is somehow ashamed of the fact that Canadian Thanksgiving occurs in the 'wrong' month and thus allows idiots in suits to make stupid, ill-informed comments about the 'wrongness' of it being in October. What she doesn't know is that it's linked to a day she does love to honor in her own clumsy way: Remembrance Day. The reason that they're linked is that like you, we used to celebrate Thanksgiving on a Thursday in either late October or early- to middle-November. After the First World War, though, we'd combined it with Armistice Day which was celebrated on the Monday before the eleventh of November. Suffice to say, this didn't really sit well with veteran's groups so in 1931, they'd successfully separated Armistice Day from Thanksgiving. They'd renamed Armistice Day "Remembrance Day" and, for some reason, decided that Parliament should decide when Thanksgiving Day was. For some reason, the Feds decided to put Thanksgiving where it is now owing to, perhaps, the harvest concluding more rapidly. One would expect that Merv and Ursula would have told her all this and thus made her somewhat proud of our early giving praise for a bountiful harvest but since she needs to feel bad about herself and her life to feel good, someone would have to revive the strip in its entirety in order to get Robin to ask Deanna who we're thanking and why.
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