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Cherrypops | Posted in Gather For A Chat on

Hi Gloria,

We as a family do not celebrate Thanksgiving. However some of Australia does, I found out thanks to you!


We – Sydney New South Wales – had a long weekend first monday of October, Labour Day.  This event happens in Queensland in May. Don’t ask me why…I was so confused when I moved from Qld to Sydney.

How do you celebrate Thanksgiving where you live?

Because our winter is in the middle of the year, some of the colder ares like The Blue Mountains celebrate christmas in July. Its so nice to be a part of that.

Best regards, CherryP



  1. jatman | | #1

    Hi Cherrypops!  Sorry to butt into your conversation!  I've always had a question about Australia's school year.  In the US the school year runs from September to June (or thereabouts) with kids having the summer off.  Since your summer is just beginning and it gets really nice during the holidays, do kids have this part of the year off and go to school during what would be the US's 'summer months' of June, July and August?  I've always wondered about that.


  2. starzoe | | #2

    This weekend Canada is celebrating Thanksgiving. I am off to Northern Alberta for a family reunion. Had to borrow warm clothing for my trip...it will be a lot cooler there.

    1. Cherrypops | | #3

      I love the fact you have to 'borrow' warm clothing. Lucky you! Enjoy your trip.

      Edited 7/29/2008 4:26 am by Cherrypops

      1. starzoe | | #9

        I just got back from the Thanksgiving dinner visit with family....and yes, one of the nephews drove five hours to get there, stayed two days and drove five hours back, but that was on a northern secondary highway with not much traffic. You could drive for an hour without seeing another vehicle sometimes.Turned out I didn't need the heavy coat, it didn't snow and the temp. was about 12 to 14C during the day, sunny but cool on the prairie.I came back with a large box of fabric to sew into garments for my large niece, we had a great time shopping and she loves the unique clothing as much as I love sewing for her.

        Edited 10/11/2007 12:19 pm ET by starzoe

        1. Cherrypops | | #10

          I'm so pleased you had a wonderful time. Seems like you will be busy with your Niece's garments.. how good you are!

          Thanks for writing back. Cherry.

  3. Gloriasews | | #4

    Thanks for the web link - your Thanksgiving (one of them, anyway, as your country seems to have a few) is Nov 22. 

    Our Labour Day was the first weekend in Sept.  Then Thanksgiving on the first weekend in Oct - every year for both.

    Usually, most families get together (if distance allows) for a big meal (mainly turkey dinner), but our family has dwindled down to roast chicken :)   We don't send Thanksgiving cards.  Thanksgiving Day (as is Labour Day) on the Monday, so it makes for a 3-day weekend.  We don't eat turkey as often as the Americans do, as the price is high here - but it's a nice distance of time to Christmas, when we have turkey again or ham for our family dinners.  Of course, we can change what we cook for any occasion - but turkey is the usual big item for Christmas, Thanksgiving or Easter, although usually Easter features ham.  Our family has had steak & lobster for Christmas - excellent!

    I smiled about your comment to Starzoe about an "easy" 5 hr. drive - usually here, a 3-5 hr. drive isn't easy on long weekends, as the highways are full of traffic, with crazy drivers - can be stressful.  Some years (not this year yet) blizzards can happen, too, although it is chilly & the leaves are falling.


    1. Cherrypops | | #5


      Thanks for those words...It sounds like so much fun.

      We have the 'queens birthday long weekend in june' though not her real birthdate. Western australia celebrates first weekend in Monday, (our labour day)...go figure..

      I was married in June 2000. chose the long weekend for those who needed to travel.

      Sydney traffic can be quite heavy at times. Dvd in the car keeps DS happy, and I have my book.




      Edited 7/29/2008 4:27 am by Cherrypops

      1. Gloriasews | | #6

        And we celebrate the Queen's birthday around May 24 (wherever the weekend falls), so it's a long weekend, too - the holiday is the Monday.  How different is that, eh?  She must have a few birthdays around the world, if yours is June.


        1. Cherrypops | | #7

          We do live in a strange world.

          1. Gloriasews | | #8

            And it seems to be getting stranger every day!

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