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[photo courtesy of my American mother-in-law]!!

Here we are, July 1st and it is, “Canada Day”!  For those of you who wouldn’t mind a little who/what/when/where/why about this day, I am more than happy to oblige!  For the rest of you, please sit back, relax, proudly hold your cup of Timmies, Slurpee, maple syrup bottles, and/or  your favorite Molson or Labatt libation, and enjoy the intermission!

Ah, Canada Day!  This is a national holiday, with its roots forming on July 1, 1867.  It was on that day the ordinance of the British North America Act (now referred to as the, “Constitution Act”) united three colonies into what we now know as, “Canada”.  This commemoration was referred to as, “Dominion Day”, until it was changed to, “Canada Day” in 1982.  This was due in part to the, “Constitution Act” of 1982, which provided Canada with its own regulatory powers, thereby no longer requiring British approval for certain types of amendment to the Canadian Constitution.  It also annexed the British Parliamentary authority to pass laws which extended to Canada if it so chose to do so.

Well, now that Canada is all grown up and released into the wild woods of the Great White North, what’s a young, little country to do on its lonesome?  I shall tell you:  It has become one of the strongest, most admired countries on the planet.

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Despite the fact Canadians have always possessed a great sense of pride and appreciation for Canada, there was a time not so long ago when you did not see or hear as much about these collective sentiments.  I recall a time when our true Canadian patriotism manifested primarily on the world stage in the form of hockey rinks.  Canada has always dominated the sport, and it appears as if we somehow utilized these circumstances to exemplify our adoration for the country as a whole.

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Now, things are much different.  Canadians share their gratitude for Canada with the rest of the world, often displaying anything and everything in a uniquely Canadian style.  Here, let me provide you with a little example:

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Even Canadian toast gets a moose-makeover!  And the apple! Why, surely it is a good ‘ol Canadian McIntosh!! By the way, unbeknownst to a lot of folks around the planet, the “moose” is not our national animal symbol.  No, it is the boisterous beaver!

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During the late 1600’s and early 1700’s, fur hats were hitting the European fashion floor in droves.  The Hudson’s Bay Company, which provided a huge amount of Canada’s North and West to the fur trade, allocated beavers on the shield of its coat of arms in 1678. Due to this fast-moving commerce, a coin was created that was equivalent to the value of one male beaver pelt;  it was established as a “buck.” Parliament made the beaver an official symbol of Canada in 1975.

Are you having one of those, “Gee, you learn something new everyday” moments?

Canada is among the most beautiful countries in the world.  Its ranking as one of the top places to live is no surprise to any Canadian.  As cliché as my next statement will appear to be, Canada is great because of its incredible people.  Yes, Canadians are polite to a fault, they obey laws and don’t apologize for it (well, actually they do apologize for it, since Canadians love to say, “sorry” to just about everything).

Canadians are caring, kind, and community-oriented.  When you are in need of assistance, you can count on a Canadian to either tow you out, get you in, or at the very least, hold your Timmies coffee while you do whatever it is you need to do (ah, what am I saying, they’ll go and buy you a Timmies)!  Above all, Canadians have a wacky sense of humor not only in the general sense of the word, but toward themselves:

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[photo courtesy of facebook.com/meanwhileincanada]

Truly, if you can’t laugh at yourself, rest assured someone else can, so take the Canadian self-chuckling advice!

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Happy Canada Day, to my fellow Canucks, to those who adore Canada, and to our fellow world citizens; Canada’s unique and diverse culture comprise one phenomenal country.  Cheers to you, Canada!

 

 

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37 thoughts on “Happy Canada Day, Indoors or out, it’s your day to play!!

  1. Happy Canada Day to you, Cher! I met one of my oldest and dearest friends, who’s a Canadian like yourself, on this day 29 years ago at the Maple Leaf pub in Maiden Lane, London. We’ve held Canada Day in high esteem ever since!

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Well thank you so much, Veronica! Awh, really? That is such a lovely coincidence to have met a Canadian friend on Canada Day! Lovely! And thank you for your compliments about Canada. Truly I am blessed to be from such a wonderful country, and to live in one as well. I love the US too, and I’ll be doing another ‘birthday’ post on Friday when the US celebrates the 4th of July! Hugs, Cher xo

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  2. Dr. Rex says:

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    This is an awesome post!! I’m learning so much …. Great job!! Honored to share my bday with Canada Day!! Reblog!!

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Happiest of Birthdays, dear Horty! Well isn’t that a wonderful coincidence, that such a sweet person would share a birthday with a sweet country!!! Bless you and I hope you have a fantastic day! Big hugs, Cher xo

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      1. Dr. Rex says:

        Thank you Cher …. hugs received!!

        Love Canada Day!!

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      2. seaangel4444 says:

        Thank you and also for reblogging this post!! xoxo

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  3. John says:

    You must miss being home, more so today. I lived in Amherstberg, Ontario in the mid 80’s and loved it. As you say, so many friendly people. I love your country! God bless Canada!!

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Hi John, yes, I do! Canada is a wonderful place! I absolutely love it here as well, so I consider myself exceptionally fortunate to call both, ‘home’. I’ll be doing a post for the 4th of July as well. Ah, Amherstberg! I know where that is! That is down by Windsor. Yes, the people are so friendly indeed. Thank you, John! God bless Canada!!! Cher xo

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  4. andy1076 says:

    Yups! we Canadians know how to make an impression, no doubting that! Now if you’ll excuse me my moose and I are going fishing 😛

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      *LOL* Andy! Yeah, I kind of figured that is what you guys were doing today!!! 😉

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      1. andy1076 says:

        Well I AM a proud British Columbian after all lol 😉

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      2. seaangel4444 says:

        No doubt, ‘eh’ Andy!! xoxo

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      3. andy1076 says:

        eh! xoxo 🙂

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      4. seaangel4444 says:

        Hahaha now go with that moose and catch some fishies!

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  5. Don says:

    Happy Canada Day to you Cher. Wonderful post. I wish I could feel about my country like you feel about yours.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Oh thank you so much, dear Don! I truly do love Canada, and I also love the US. I am extremely blessed to have connections in both countries. Thank you, Don!! Cher xo

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  6. seeker says:

    Stay in Chicago, Cher. You are doing a great service to Canada for blogging about your Native Land. Happy Canada Day! Seeker.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      *LOL* Just spreading the Oh Canada word down here, dear seeker! Thank YOU!! Happy Canada Day!! Cher xo

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  7. Rosh says:

    Excellent post! Thank you for all the great history and wonderful Canadian trivia! Happy Canada Day! I’m going to reblog this in celebration of Canada Day.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Awh, bless you and thank you so much! That is extremely sweet of you! Happy Canada Day to you, too! Hugs, Cher xo

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  8. Rosh says:

    Reblogged this on Coming out of Hiding and commented:
    Happy Canada Day and happy birthday to my gramma who is 99 years old!

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  9. georgeforfun says:

    Reblogged this on georgeforfun and commented:
    Awesome, Cher, hope your day was wonderful.

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  10. Hi Cher. Always heard of Canada Day, but never knew anything about it, and sadly, never pursued it. So glad you have saved my the “trouble” of finding out about it. Haha! Interesting history – some similarities with US – being a colony of the UK, etc. Nice post. Thanks. Have a good day. Carol

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Hi dear Carol! Well that makes me really happy to know I put a little light on it! 🙂 Yes, there are similarities for sure. I’ll be doing a post for the 4th of July!! Stay tuned and thank you, my dear! Hugs, Cher xo

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      1. Looking forward to your July 4th post. Have a nice rest of the week. 🙂

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      2. seaangel4444 says:

        Thank you, Carol!!! And have a nice rest of the week, too! Cher xo

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  11. Super blog and celebrations. Today is our birthday. So congratulations to all of us! Hugs, Barbara

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Thank you so much, dear Barbara! The Independence Day post will be up shortly!! Hugs, Cher xo

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  12. quiall says:

    Proud to be Canadian! Check out you tube “Canadian Please”!

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      I shall do! Thank you my dear! cher xo

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  13. Wow,, so many days to celebrate so close together and you being part of both worlds.. Makes for Happy days 🙂 xxx

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      They don’t celebrate Canada Day here, but I made sure to tell EVERYONE I spoke with that day, “Happy Canada Day!” *LOL* Thank you, Sue! Blessings and hugs, Cher xo

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  14. Thank you for this interesting post.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Thank you, Cynthia! It was a pleasure to write (and gave us the opportunity to see some of Chicago that we take for granted living here)! Cher xo

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