On Monday October 12th, millions of Canadians will sit down with their families to eat a traditional turkey dinner and to give thanks for the many blessings they have had in their lives.
Since Canada is a very multicultural country, many ethnic groups will not celebrate Thanksgiving at all, while others have begun to adapt to Canadian culture and have started including some Canadian holidays and traditions into their own lives.
Today, for example, when I went to pick up some last minute things for my own family feast, many immigrants from different countries were doing the same thing as I was - complaining that the store had sold out of "cranberries " a, a typical fruit used to make a sauce that goes with turkey.
Chinese, Spanish, Polish, Russian, Iranian and native born Canadians - we were all in the same line ups - all feeling a little stressed about preparations for the feast, but still smiling. After all Thanksgiving is a paid holiday in Canada. And you couldn't have asked for a more beautiful sunny day in October. .
Immigrants Buying Into New Traditions
Since I am an English instructor whose very job is to communicate with newcomers and second language learners, I often make small talk with immigrants. Today was no exception.
"So, how are you celebrating Thanksgiving?" I asked a number of people standing in line with me. The question drew big smiles.
" I learned how to make turkey in my English class," replied one woman I spoke to. Everything is ready, but forgot to buy one of those pans you cook the turkey in. I didn't realize a turkey was so big.."
"We don"t usually celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving. Instead we celebrate the Moon Festival, replied another woman. "
But this year, my children really wanted to do the same thing as their classmates. They knew everything about Thanksgiving, so I agreed to try to do it. My children are helping. They even decorated the house. Still, I don't know if they will like mashed potatoes."
Canadian vs American Thanksgiving
Canadian Thanksgiving is similar to American Thanksgiving in several ways - especially in terms of the food and family aspect. But, there are some major differences between Canadian and American Thanksgiving.
Watch the following video and do the quiz. Make sure you take notes first.
Watch the video and try to retell the story to a partner, your friend, husband, wife, parent using time words and connectors.
You could also summarize what happened in the story using time words and time clauses.
Remember, you should use the past tenses ( simple plast, past continuous, past perfect)
A Few Thanksgiving Videos with Quizzes :
- Canadian Thanksgiving: A Unique Holiday ( Reading)
- Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes ( from kids world - easy)
- Four Big Differences between Canadian and American Thanksgiving
- Harvest Festivals Around the World
- Thanksgiving Listening Gap Fill
- Canadian Thanksgiving from ELLO
- Thanksgiving Dictation
- Double Thanks NPR
- Thanksgiving goes back to the roots
- Thanksgiving Interactive Activities (CNN)
- American Thanksgiving Gap Fill
- Thanksgiving-but-us-turkey-farmers-arent-celebrating/VOA English ( read and listen. The sound file is on the left hand site. Double click any word for a definition.)
- CNN's Thanksgiving Page
Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen ( Part 1)
Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen Part 2
Mr. Bean Stuffing the Turkey - An Animated Story
Alice's Restaurant Animated
A Thanksgiving Dilemma
Thanksgiving: Giving Thanks
Giving Thanks is More than a Holiday
Thanksgiving Cartoons for Kids
You Can't Gobble Me