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Mick

I have seen You're Blog before actually it was recommended to me by a Friend Dus7.A very interesting Blog and well presented

Tjilpi

Ah, Jude, do you not know that the origins of American Thanksgiving arose when the starving Pilgrims were saved by the Indians who gave the Pilgrims food in the depths of winter?

That is the reason that Thanksgiving is celebrated with a variety of foods all of which are native North American species - Turkey, Cranberry Sauce, Sweet Corn, Sweet Potato etc.

So, thanks were given by the Pilgrims to their indigenous saviours, who were later subjugated by the Thanksgivers as they proceeded to colonize the country.

Methinks there are too many parallels to that story in Australian history, for us to imitate yet another American tradition.

(Incidentally, the term Indian Giver arose from the habit of giving gifts to the Indians and then taking them back. e.g. "You can have Bennelong Point, but I'll take the Harbour.")

Maybe we should celebrate "Robbery Under Arms Day" and face the truth!!

Pablo

Well, this is all too complex for me to wade in with intelligent comment or insight. Let me just say that I wish my Australian friends well every day of the year!

elsewhere

To be honest, I can't imagine a thanksgiving day taking off successfully. Despite some level of resistance to Australia Day, I think 26 Jan is set pretty firmly in people's minds.

Val

First off, this is NOT a rant... :)

As an American-born, but having lived here for 32 years and been an Aussie citizen for 21 years, I'd like to add my two cents' worth on a "Thanksgiving" style holiday. In the time I've been here I've seen Australia change from having its very own unique identity to a place that is aping the U.S. more and more. I don't need to list all the examples that I'm sure everyone can think of themselves. I am very saddened by this trend, and I know this trend is mirrored in many other countries.

However, the idea of a winter holiday does appeal for a number of reasons, not least of which is the more appropriate weather for cooking and eating large dinners of roasts, baked pies etc.! Thanksgiving is a wonderful American holiday that is the least hyped of the holidays, allowing families to get together, eat, watch the football (well, gridiron), snack on leftovers, eat more - you get the idea! Now if only we could come up with an Aussie style name for the holiday and Aussie themed food, a major Aussie Rules game to be played on the day (not Collingwood but!) and we're in business!

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Why not call it "An Aussie Christmas" and celebrate it in July!

Tabor

With the new direction America has been going in, hopefully Australia will no longer want to 'ape' us. But then again Canada recently surprised me.

pat

Happy belated Australia day and Blogiversary. I'd agree with Tabor, that the desire to be like Americans is shrinking rapidly across the globe. We're not even like America here in America these days.

That, of course, shouldn't mean you can't have a winter holiday. Winter holidays are sort of a natural instinct all over the world. People want to get together and celebrate the fact that it won't always be winter.

kerri

Interesting to read another post about Australia Day. I did one myself. Hope I got it right....it's been a long time since I've lived in Australia. I wonder if the new holiday will catch on?? Love your 'Aussie' print. Your husband has a good sense of humor.

Jude

Since penning this post I've discovered that there has indeed been action taken on celebrating an Australian Day of Thanksgiving. (This is what happens when you live in the boondocks!) An inaugural DOTG was held in May 2004. This summary was found on a church-based website:
"The National Day of Thanksgiving was the initiative of the Australian Prayer Network. Its patron is Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson, who is a committed evangelical Christian. The Day was strongly supported in government circles by the Governor General, Major General Michael Jeffrey. The Prime Minister, Mr Howard, also gave support to the initiative, which was attended by the Cardinal. The Australian Prayer Network estimates that 1000 activities were held nation-wide, with between 300 and 400 Federal, State and local government officials participating."

So there you are! It's interesting that that no Aussie reader pointed this out to me. They make no mention of eating damper and kangaroo or emu, I see. Maybe that will come later.

Lesley de Voil

The problem as I see it (and I am a practising Christian) is that my church is already obliged to pray for the government, to give thanks to God for the blessings of his creation, and to share with justice the fruits of that creation, week by week by week. There has been as yet no real theological argument as to why we should spend (and I use that word advisedly) another day in conspicuous consumption just to talk about this again.

 Buck 1936

Personally I think we are to used to our hot weather although I did go to a Christmas in July once in the Blue Mountains in NSW and really enjoyed it

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