Linus van Pelt with his blanket

Ours was the first country in the world to make a national holiday to give thanks.

Linus, Peanuts

In 1621, the Pilgrims celebrated the first Thanksgiving. In addition to the honored guests, Elder William Bradford and Captain Miles Standish, they invited the great Indian chief Massasoit and ninety of his brave warriors. The Indians reciprocated with a great abundance of food and goodwill.

Americans have continued the tradition of celebrating Thanksgiving. Each family has its special traditions and foods. As I was growing up we had a very overweight cat named Tom. As Thanksgiving day approached, he would start pacing around the kitchen. It paid off; he always received the first piece of meat off the Thanksgiving turkey!

On a more serious note, I want to mention the importance of gratitude, not just on Thanksgiving day, but everyday. It is important to stop and think about, people, events, and things that make our lives meaningful and memorable. In conclusion, I would like to thank all of my clients who believe in me and make my work so rewarding.