American thanksgiving is a huge event, and runs together, paradoxically, into black Friday. The traditions of the gathering of family, the shared meal, and the religious overtones, mix and mingle with the parade, non-stop football, scrutiny of print and online ads for high-demand, limited quantity, loss-leaders, and airport X-rays (maybe the x-rays would become more accepted if people could take copies of dental films with them after passing through the scanner–everyone likes to save money!).
As Canadian Americans, US thanksgiving has become a meaningful day for us, different than the Canadian version, but a meaningful addition to the annual calendar. This year we had two thanksgivings. I really enjoyed the laid-back Canadian version we had in Edmonton with my wife’s parents. The additional American elements are present in the Canadian version of the holiday, they’re just more subtle.