Thanksgiving, which was first celebrated in 1621 by colonists and Native Americans, has evolved into a National holiday that is now celebrated on the last Thursday of each November. A day of feasting, family and football, Thanksgiving is also a day to give thanks to those around us, including loyal customers and members.
Here are some fun Thanksgiving facts from History.com to share with your customers and members:
- The first Thanksgiving meal did not feature cakes, pies or other desserts because the Pilgrims had no oven, and their sugar supply ran low during the Mayflower voyage.
- In 1789, George Washington issued the first Thanksgiving proclamation.
- New York was the first state to adopt an annual Thanksgiving holiday.
- During the Great Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt moved the holiday up a week to encourage retail sales.
- The famous Macy’s day parade in New York City began in 1924.
For more fact or fiction tips, visit History.com’s Thanksgiving quiz.
And remember, Thanksgiving quickly transitions to Black Friday, the beginning of the holiday shopping season. It is the perfect time to encourage customers and members to start and stick to a budget in order to start the New Year off financially sound.
Happy Thanksgiving from the staff at Banking.com!