Faith student keeps her Canadian traditions


Katie Youngson and her family play in the leaves, on Canadian Thanksgiving, before her dad makes dinner. This photo was taken when Youngson and her family lived in Canada.

Lauren Kling, Staff Writer

On Thanksgiving many houses are full of noise and cheer, but at seventh grader, Katie Youngson’s, house it is just another ordinary day.

“We still kinda celebrate Thanksgiving, because we eat turkey on that day, but it isn’t as big of a deal because it isn’t our holiday. The one we mainly celebrate is Canadian Thanksgiving,” said Youngson.

Born in Toronto, Canada, Youngson moved to the United States at age three because her dad got a better job. They are not U.S. citizens; they have a green card. Green cards are permits allowing a foreign national to live and work permanently in the United States. It must be renewed every ten years.

“We are allowed to stay here [in the United States] as long as [my dad] has that job,” said Youngson.

Younson and her family do celebrate the Canadian Thanksgiving. This holiday is observed on the second Monday in October to celebrate the ripe food and give thanks to God for a good harvest. The Canadian Thanksgiving was first declared as a holiday in 1879. The date was set later in 1957 by the Canadian Parliament.

“Canadian Thanksgiving is almost exactly like Thanksgiving here. We cook all the same food,” Youngson said.

On the Canadian Thanksgiving, Youngson’s house is full of merry cheer and laughter, however on American Thanksgiving, her household is mellow.

“We just stay home, we don’t have friends over because everyone is doing something. My dad will make turkey still, but it’s not a big deal, we just have it.”

Over break Youngson “stays home” and enjoys having days off.

“It’s not weird having a break, it is really nice having days off,” said Youngson.

Thanksgiving is not the only holiday Canadians don’t celebrate.

“We always visit family in Canada in July, so we usually aren’t in the U.S. for July 4th. If we are here, we will still watch the fireworks and stuff, but it isn’t as big of a deal as Canada Day, which is on July 1st.” said Youngson.

While some people may think being Canadian in America can make them feel different, Youngson had a different take on it.

“When you come from a different country, you know that people will celebrate things that you don’t celebrate. They have different traditions.”

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