Canadian Thanksgiving – the Traditional Wokadoo

A Really Brief History: Canadian Thanksgiving is a stat holiday that is now observed on the second Monday of October. The first official Thanksgiving was celebrated on November 6, 1879, but long before that the First Nations celebrated fall harvest – even before the early French settlers initiated such an event in 1578.

You know that just before that first Thanksgiving dinner there was one wise, old Native American woman saying, ‘Don’t feed them. If you feed them, they’ll never leave.’
– Dylan Brody –

Family Traditions: Our family cooks a Wokadoo (turkey). Many, many years ago our very young nephew christened all such birds in the oven ‘Wokadoos’. He couldn’t remember the word ‘turkey’ but he had a general idea of what sound a turkey made, (though he was actually thinking of a rooster.) The closest he could get to saying “Cock-a-doodle-doo” was ‘wokadoo’ and from then on, all my turkeys were referred to as wokadoos.

For the past few years, most of our family feast days have taken place at one of our children’s homes – the passing of the turkey baster, you might say. I don’t mind. Our home was turkey central for over forty years.

Thanksgiving: when the people who are the most thankful are the ones who didn’t have to cook.
— Melanie White –

This year, a Son-in-Law (the one with a smoker large enough to accomodate a turkey)  cooked an excellent bird. After dinner, when we traditionally take turns talking about what we are thankful for, the Daughter introduced a twist on the theme. She gave each of us a LEGO kit and tasked us with building what we are thankful for.

This is the kit we each got – and this is what I built the next day after I sort of followed the instruction manual. These critters are very different than the ‘thankful things’ we built the evening before!
These are my Thankful things. Can you guess which ones represent family, friends, nature, a roof over our head?
This is The Car Guys ‘Thankful things’. More people, home, nature but also  the answer to the question ‘how high can you build before it falls over’.

What are your Thanksgiving Traditions?

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21 thoughts on “Canadian Thanksgiving – the Traditional Wokadoo

  1. Those Legos are cute, cute, cute. I’ve not seen any like that. As for Thanksgiving traditions, we don’t have any. Each year plays out in its own way, for which, I guess, we’re grateful.


    1. Maybe you can add LEGO to your Thanksgiving get together this year!
      Our kit was called Creative Monsters. I liked all the little eyes in it. Plus it was deemed appropriate for ages 5-8 which is about the skill level of an adult after a drink or two or three…

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  2. I must pass that Lego idea on to my nephew. His wife is Canadian and we celebrated Thanksgiving at their place last weekend. They are mad Lego people so this idea would be right up their alley. An idea for next year. 😁


  3. Totally wonderful, Margy, one of your best posts ever! Loved ‘Wokadoo’ and the quotes. Can’t believe The Car Guy didn’t build a car, but you and he are clearly Lego artists of the highest caliber!!– well done, thanks for sharing!! 👍😊


  4. You had me thinking a Wokadoo was a bird I’d never heard of (which is the truth, actually). I’m sure the Lego challenge was right up your alley, Margy. Mine not so much. I lack the creative skills which resulted in those clever characters. Great idea tho!


    1. Don’t listen to those voices that say you are not creative! You were creative enough to build that LEGO piano and sometimes the LEGO instructions require a person to be creative enough to figure out the less than obvious. (I’ve just finished the Harry Potter Great Hall and there were quite a few instances where I was stumped for a few minutes.)

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