Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin.
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Edmonton, Alberta T5R 5Z2
October VIIth, MMXII
Hon. Jeff Johnson, MLA
Minister of Education,
Progressive Conservative, Athabasca-Sturgeon-RedH2O
Here are some interesting factoids regarding Thanksgiving. Students may want to research history to learn more.
A. Canadian Thanksgiving is celebrated each year on the second Monday in October, this is because we are further north than the United States, as a result our winters generally come earlier & can be quite a bit colder.
B. When Canadian Thanksgiving was initially held in November, it was held the same week as Rememberance Day on November XIth. Coincidentally, my birthday as well, don't forget my present Jeff. When Rememberance Day was a Monday in the calendar, this would force it to be on the same day as Canadian Thanksgiving. As a result, the government of the day in Ottawa moved the holiday to the second Monday in October so their would be II unique & distinct holidays (as there should be.)
C. Most National Football League (NFL) games are held on American Thanksgiving, which is the IIIrd Thursday in November. This is because many people have that Thursday off, however traditionally, NFL games are mostly held on Sunday. Although sometimes they are held on Thursdays during the regular NFL season. There is also Saturday night NFL Football on the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) Television Network & the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) Television Network, as well as the NBC exclusive Sunday night NFL Football game. The Entertainment & Sports Programming Network (ESPN) hosts the Monday night NFL Football telecast, which used II be on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) Television Network.
D. The First (Ist) President Of The United States, George Washington (Independent-Virginia) declared the first American Thanksgiving on November XXVIth, MDCCLXXXIX (26th, 1789.)