Happy Teethgiving from Vatech America!
Gobble gobble, Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is one of the biggest and most anticipated of all holidays in the United States. The origins of Thanksgiving can be traced back to the 17th century, when the Pilgrims wanted to express their gratitude to the Native Americans after their first harvest in the New World. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be celebrated on Thursday, November 26. The holiday was proclaimed by every president thereafter, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued an official proclamation in 1942 to designate the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day.
Thanksgiving can be celebrated in various ways. Most people celebrate the holiday by gathering at home with family or friends for a holiday feast, and certain kinds of food such as turkey, cranberry sauce, bread stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie are traditionally served at Thanksgiving meals. Even at many workplaces, employees and colleagues celebrate Thanksgiving together by hosting a potluck or a company luncheon because it is widely considered as an appreciated and valuable way of showing gratitude. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, attended by millions around the country, is the best-know of Thanksgiving weekend parades.
Speaking of department stores, chances are you’ve probably heard about the word Black Friday on advertisements and TV commercials. The Friday after Thanksgiving is enormously important to the retail industry; Black Friday is an informal name for the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, and many stores offer highly promoted sales such as Doorbuster Sales on Black Friday to kick off the holiday shopping season.
Although the priority of importance in life may vary from person to person and traditions differ by family by family, the underlying sentiment of all these Thanksgiving celebrations are the same: to reflect on the people, places, groups, and things that you are thankful for.
What are YOU thankful for this holiday season?