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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 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’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!


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James W. Gabberty

Gabberty is a professor of information systems at Pace University in New York City. An alumnus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and New York University Polytechnic Institute, he has served as an expert witness in telecommunication and information security at the federal and state levels and holds numerous certifications from SANS & ISACA.

Marisa Mann

Marisa Mann brings over 15 years of experience in consulting and financial services industries to the Solstice team, working on large scale enterprise initiatives across many technologies, including specializing in the digital space – Internet and mobile. Mann is passionate about mobile and the endless possibilities for the enterprise, delivering business value through strong brand recognition and driving to excellence in the consumer experience. Prior to Solstice, Mann worked at JP Morgan Chase, Diamond Management and Technology Consultants, Washington Mutual, Inc, and Accenture.

Zachary Ehrlich

25-year-old writer, and as a native San Franciscan, I am unreasonably loyal to Bank of America, if only for their superhero-like origin story, involving the 1906 earthquake and Italian fruit vendors.

Brad Strothkamp