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Turkey Day Fun Facts & More

Nov 25, 2015
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Funny Thanksgiving QuotesWith Thanksgiving day just a few hours away, I found myself pondering a lot more about the amount of delicious food coming my way than the important tasks at hand. In order to help me get back to work, I decided the best thing to do would be write a post about Thanksgiving. Hopefully this will get it out of my system so I can end strong and focus on celebrating how much I enjoy eating... I mean how thankful I am for my family, friends and country. 

To get us in the holiday mood, I thought I'd share this little historical background on the first Thanksgiving. 

"In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November." - Read a whole lot more on this holiday here --> History.com

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Thanksgiving by the Numbers - History.com

Looking at the food from then and now, my suggestion is we trade the cranberry sauce in for Lobster. As for Black Friday... why not just sleep in and shop online.

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Yes I love the food, but who doesn't. But more than that I love that it's a day where we all take a break from our busy lives, sit down, and share a meal together. It not just about saying thanks, but showing gratitude and love to those in our lives. Whether you have a lot or not as much as you would like, we all have something to be thankful for. As we look to celebrate this uniquely American holiday, I will leave you with a quote.

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. - William Arthur Ward

Ps: If you a looking for a new tradition to start with your family this year, check out The Thanksgiving Reader by Seth Godin.

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Ryan Shelley, CPBI

By Ryan Shelley, CPBI

Ryan is passionate about helping companies make a more personal connection online with their customers and prospects. He is a regular contributor to Search Engine Land, the largest and most popular SEO news site on the web. His works have also been featured on the HubSpot Blog, Business2Community and by LinkedIn Marketing Solutions.

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