All across the country, millions of families are preparing themselves for one of the biggest holidays of the year, and we don’t just mean Black Friday or Cyber Monday. If you’re a turkey, you’d better run for cover – Thanksgiving week has arrived! But what is Thanksgiving really about? Throughout the past number of decades, the real purpose of the holiday has become overshadowed by countless retailers across the country pushing their “LOWEST PRICES OF THE SEASON” ads. And while there is nothing wrong with taking advantage of a great deal when it comes to buying gifts for your friends and family, shopping is not meant to be the main idea that surrounds the Thanksgiving holiday. Instead, it is the concept of being thankful for what we have that should matter the most to everyone.
Now we know that for some of us, it may have been a while since we’ve cracked open a textbook so allow us to refresh your memory when it comes to the origin of Thanksgiving. As the story goes, once the pilgrims landed on our fair shores, they quickly realized that life in the new world was not going to be as simple and easy as they may have thought. The days were long, the work was hard, and considering many of them had no real knowledge of what it took to be a farmer, the overall planning was poor and food had a tendency to be scarce.
The resident Native American tribes flourished and as a relationship grew between the pilgrim settlers and the natives, the natives helped instruct our ancestors as to both what and how to grow their food. Without the help of the Native Americans who knows how long our ancestors would have struggled to survive in early America? According to Today.com, as a way to ‘give thanks’, “Captain Miles Standish, the leader of the Pilgrims invited all of the Native Americans who had helped them so much during their first year”. As the legend goes, the feast was so grand, that it lasted for a full three days!
So now that everyone has brushed up on the story of Thanksgiving, it’s easy to remember just how important it is to be thankful for all that we have and to be content (at least for one day) with all of our gadgets, friends, family, and also our health.
So as we here at Holmes Stamp & Sign are gearing up for our own Thanksgiving Day celebrations, this year we decided to do something a little extra special. Remember our recent post encouraging all of our local Jacksonville friends to come out and join us for this year’s Autism Speaks Walk event? Well, Nov. 8th has come and gone and we’re proud to say that our Holmes Stamp team was there and proud to be contributing our Saturday morning to raise awareness to such a noble cause!
According to the chairwomen for the Autism Speaks event Mary Foley, roughly 1,000 people registered for the event. Though the walk was relatively short, there was an assortment of activities designed to keep the kids entertained and having fun. Here are some pictures of some of our Holmes Stamp employee’s doing the same!
So this year, when you’re sitting down to Thanksgiving day dinner with your loved ones, remember what the Holiday is really about. Remember that you are lucky and remember to always give thanks.