Although Canadians do tend to get together on Thanksgiving weekend, the holiday is not as big a celebration in Canada as it is in the U.S. and they may choose to celebrate on any one or all of the three days of this three-day holiday weekend. Just like Americans, Canadians get together for a Thanksgiving meal to give thanks for their good fortune. Canadians also celebrate Thanksgiving with parades, family gatherings, harvest festivals, turkey and pumpkin pie. Homes are decorated with seasonal fall flowers, autumn leaves, cornucopias, wheat sheaves, pumpkins, gourds and corn ears.
Thanksgiving for Canadians is more about giving thanks at the close of the harvest season, its origins are more closely connected to the traditions of Europe than of the United States. The reason for the earlier Thanksgiving celebrations in Canada has often been attributed to the earlier onset of winter in the north, thus ending the harvest season earlier. It is "a day of general thanksgiving to almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed."