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From My View For Oct. 12

By Staff | Oct 12, 2016

My son Jeremy takes a photo of his first Canada Thanksgiving Day feast at his in-laws house in Toronto.

Tradition is a continuing pattern of culture beliefs or practices. My youngest son Jeremy, over the weekend, started a new tradition – celebrating the Canada Thanksgiving.

He helped prepare the food and set the table, as well as learned the Canadian Culture on their Thanksgiving. I FaceTimed him and his new in-laws to get a peek on how he was doing with this new tradition.

In Canada, thanksgiving is a celebration of being thankful for what one has and the bounty of the previous year. Thanksgiving (French: Action de grace), or Thanksgiving Day (Jour de l’action de grace) is an annual Canadian holiday, which celebrates the harvest and other blessings of the past year.

In the United States, Thanksgiving will be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November, but in Canada, it is celebrated on the second Monday in October (which is Columbus Day in the U.S.).

Besides sitting down with family and friends to celebrate the year, people enjoy other things as well.

We watch football and hockey, while feasting and enjoying our company. Some people go out to eat; others stay at home and cook a homemade dinner with all the trimmings.

Besides Thanksgiving, we have many other traditions on other holidays as well though, including Christmas and Easter. We celebrate tradition more on holidays than anything else, but in the sports-world, there are loads of traditions. Magnolia tradition is outstanding quarterbacks where they have done quite well in their 100 plus years of football.

Across the river in Hannibal, it was their runningbacks and outstanding kickers, while at Paden City it was their band had the greatest tradition.

River started a nice tradition to observe both the home and visiting school seniors on their senior day during their sports functions.

I know there are lots more, but we all have different traditions we celebrate beside the holidays, and I want to touch on some of the many that is still being observed.

Ed Mellott, told me a few of his, besides the eating and visiting during the holidays was going to PJ’s Pizza and getting a pizza while watching the Mountaineers play.

Lauren Matthews, our editor, has a tradition in that her mother and her carve pumpkins every Halloween.

In my home, we would each put up our own homemade decorations on the Christmas tree. With Ed Parsons, when he was a youngster, it was spending time with his grandparents and going to church, but now its still going to Church, as well as heading to Myrtle Beach for vacation.

Ziggy Rogers states that on Thanksgiving, at his grandparents, he still roots against his Uncle Jon and his beloved Cowboys, while Patty Roberts’ tradition – still true today -is traveling to Front Royal, Virginia in August with Avery, Sydney, Colson, and Laney Shreve, shopping for school supplies, as well as taking Piper Gaines shopping locally for her school supplies.

You name it – there are traditions everywhere. I remember we had a tradition on waiting for Grandma and Grandpa Cross to come on Christmas Day to watch us open our Christmas presents. That ended as we got older and my grandparents started a tradition to head to Florida for the winter. We started new traditions.

Whatever, tradition you have, share it with your loved ones, whereever they are.


I would like to congratulate the Magnolia Girls soccer team in their first win of the season. I’m sorry I can’t write about it, but the soccer coaches must be quite busy and have not reached out to me yet.