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Canadian Holidays

We have a "Take Your Kids to Work" day . All of our grade 9's are with their parents at their parents work place. It is part of the life skills class at the school.
Thanksgiving we eat supper with our relatives. We eat turkey, 'stuffing', beans, buns, cranberry sauce, cauliflower and mashed potatoes. For dessert we eat pumpkin pie or apple pie.
In Calgary we have the Calgary Tower,  Heritage Park, Callaway Park (amusement park just outside of Calgary) and the Stampede. The Stampede happens once a year. It consists of the rodeo, rides and stampede breakfasts. This is a time of year where everyone dresses like cowboys and celebrates our western heritage. The Stampede is so much fun. I always look forward this this occasion.
We celebrate birthdays, Thanksgiving, Christmas (eve and day), Remembrance Day, Halloween, St. Patrick's Day, Valentines Day and New Years. For New Years, my family and I get together with a few friends and have a party with food and drinks. When the countdown starts we turn on the TV and everyone crowds around to countdown from 10. When it gets to zero, all the fire works go off, we blow these things that make sound and we all say "Happy New Year." As we are saying that, we "cheers" everyone.
Thanksgiving is a very special holiday. It was created so that we couldgive thanks for all the things we have. It is also a time for family and friends to come together and celebrate the holiday.
Halloween is a holiday where we dress up in costumes and collect candy from houses near our neighborhood during the night,we go until it is very late and then come home and eat it.

November 11 - we have a day called "Rememberance Day" on this day we remember all the soildiers who fought in  the wars and risked their lives for our freedom and safety.
Every year in July there is a huge celebration in Calgary called the Stampede. It is when  Cowboys come from towns all over North America to compete in competitions such as the Rodeo, Chuck wagon races and horse racing. At the end of the celebration there is a huge show with Fire works and dancing and singing.
In the late 1800's a candy maker in Indiana wanted to express the meaning of Christmas through a symbol made of candy. He came up with the idea of bending one of his white candy sticks into the shape of a Candy Cane. He incorporated several symbols of Christ's love and sacrifice through the Candy Cane. When looked at with the crook on top, it looks like a shepherd's staff because Jesus is the shepherd of man. If you turn it upside down, it becomes the letter J symbolizing the first letter in Jesus' name. The candy maker made these candy canes for Christmas, so everyone would remember what Christmas is all about.
The original Santa Claus, St. Nicholas, was born in Turkey in the 4th century. He was very pious from an early age, devoting his life to Christianity. He became widely known for his generosity for the poor. But the Romans held him in contempt. He was imprisoned and tortured.

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