Canadian dating traditions
Images and models of Santa Claus and actors playing his role can be seen in many places in the lead up to Christmas. On January 31, 1957, the Governor General of Canada Vincent Massey issued a proclamation stating: "A Day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed – to be observed on the second Monday in October." Thanksgiving is a statutory holiday in most of Canada, with the exceptions being the Atlantic provinces of Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia, where it is an optional holiday.On Christmas Eve, he travels to the homes of children and leaves them presents in Christmas stockings or under the Christmas tree.
The tradition of celebrating his birth at the end of December may come from the widespread European tradition of celebrations around the winter solstice.Christians who follow the Eastern Orthodox tradition celebrate the birth of Jesus on January 7, while it is marked on January 6 by the Armenian Apostolic Church. These include images of baby Jesus and the Holy family in the stable, stars and Christmas trees.Another important symbol of Christmas is Santa Claus.After the savory part of the meal, plum or Christmas pudding is traditionally eaten.Some families also eat a large evening meal, perhaps based around a leg of pork or ham, or re-heat the leftovers from the lunch.