Be thankful this Thanksgiving.

In 1620 a small band of persecuted people were moved to take action and boarded a ship setting sail for the New World. After a long and treacherous journey across the Atlantic, they landed at Plymouth as winter was arriving. The Pilgrims endured a long and brutal winter in which many of their community members lost their lives. However, once spring thawed the harshness of winter, the Pilgrims were greeted by the Wampanoag tribe. The Wampanoag taught the Pilgrims about farming the land, hunting, and poisonous plants to avoid. To celebrate all that was given to them and their new friendships, the first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621.

Historians believe that the menu looked very different than our customary fare that year and included lobster, deer, seal, and swan.

Individual states set their own Thanksgiving celebration dates and guidelines until 1863 when Abraham Lincoln officially moved to declare it a holiday nationwide. To this day, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the last Thursday of November in the United States.

Every dinner table has a different disposition. Some are filled with laughter while others more sentimental. A commonality that remains is that each table consists of a group that cares about one another, this has been an essential element that dates back to the original Thanksgiving celebration.

Regardless of how you celebrate, and how chaotic theย day can be, we hope that you take a moment to reflect on the past year and everything that you are thankful for. In honor of the holiday, our offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday so that we may celebrate with our family and friends.