As the legend goes, the first Thanksgiving Day is a day in America begun by the settlers in the Plymouth Colony. They set aside the day for giving thanks for surviving the brutal winter of 1620 and for a bountiful harvest in 1621. There is a great deal of debate regarding the origins of Thanksgiving Day. The wide varieties of settlers in North America including Canada give us different origins for our holiday. Maybe the first Thanksgiving was a large feast celebrated with the indigenous people of North America. Maybe it was a large feast around present day San Antonio in 1536. Maybe it was a group of Spanish settlers and explorers in 1565 in St. Augustine. Canada celebrated their first Thanksgiving Day on April 15, 1872. Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Thanksgiving Day into becoming an official holiday on December 26, 1941, as the fourth Thursday in November every year. No matter the history of the holiday, it is a tradition in the United States to give thanks for the prosperous preceding year.
These days, many people celebrate the holiday with family and a large turkey dinner. In my childhood, I remember travelling to my family members homes, having turkey dinner after dinner until I didn’t want to eat for a few days…or at least the next afternoon. Watching football and the afternoon nap could be on or holiday agenda. No matter how you celebrate the holiday, it is a day for giving thanks for everything we have in our lives.
I have a lot to be thankful for this year. Three years later after building the first MichaelNeelyFreelancer.com site, we are finally building the business with new clients. I thank all of our clients from MichaelNeelyFreelancer.com for your business, and we look forward to helping you meet your goals in the years to come.
We wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving with many more to come!