This weeks affords all of us a day to be mindful of our blessings. Thanksgiving can be a fun time with family and friends, but it’s also a good time to give to others.
The story of Thanksgiving is well documented in the United States.
In 1621, the colonists at Plymouth shared an autumn harvest feast with the Wampanoag Indians in what has come to be recognized as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations. It wasn’t until 1863, however, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.
Today, more than three million people watch the Thanksgiving parade in downtown New York each year, and more than 50 million watch the festivities from home. Last year, over 226 million people went shopping on Black Friday, 25 percent of which started their spending at midnight.
All of our branches are closed on Thursday, Nov. 28 while we observe this important holiday.