Thanksgiving is a North American tradition and therefore a more recent addition to our family’s traditions. In the USA, we learned the holiday is observed on the fourth Thursday of November as a day to eat and give thanks. It originated with the pilgrims, and its symbols include turkeys, cornucopias, and pie.
In Canada, the holiday arrives on the second Monday of October with little fanfare eclipsed by the ever-nearing Halloween. I think it’s earlier in Canada because winter comes earlier too. It’s a time to gather and see everyone before we hole up for the winter, which isn’t as much of a big deal now as it certainly used to be. It’s a time to enjoy the year’s harvest and to give thanks.