In the year 1578, Martin Frobisher, on his mission to find a northern passage to the Pacific Ocean, landed in Newfoundland and held a formal ceremony to give thanks for surviving the long journey. Other explorers did the same and shared their food with the indigenous people of the area as well as setting up what became known as the “Order of Good Cheer.” As many more settlers arrived in Canada, celebrations of good harvest became common. Frobisher’s fleet of fifteen ships is still the largest maritime expedition ever mounted to the Arctic.
In 1957 the Canadian Parliament proclaimed Thanksgiving to be observed on its’ present date, the second Monday of October.
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 cup frozen whipped cream, thawed
Gingersnap cookies, apples, or cinnamon graham cracker sticks
In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth.
Add in pumpkin, sour cream, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and ginger. Mix well.
Fold in the thawed whipped cream.
Serve with green apples, graham cracker sticks, or gingersnaps.
Store in refrigerator.
Preparation time: 15 min. Ready in 15 min