Sometimes people’s lives become so busy that they forget to stop and say thank you for all that they have. In Canada, it has been a tradition since 1957 for everyone throughout the country to stop on the second Monday of October – Oct. 8, 2012 — and say thank you for a bountiful harvest and other good fortunes they’ve enjoyed over the past year.
Most people have Thanksgiving Day off from work. Because it is a national public holiday, schools and post offices are closed and many businesses will also remain closed for the day.
Many use the long weekend to visit friends and family or just enjoy having an extra day to rest and relax. Some take advantage of the opportunity to get away for one last vacation before the weather gets too cold and inhospitable.
Believe it or not, Thanksgiving is not a holiday that’s exclusive to North America. Thanksgiving celebrations were often held in Europe dating as far back as the 16th century, possibly further, and were often used as ways to celebrate momentous occasions such as Queen Victoria’s golden and diamond jubilees.
Thanksgiving is a special time of year that often gets overshadowed by Halloween and Christmas. People don’t usually wear costumes or exchange gifts on Thanksgiving, so it’s easy to forget. They just take time to reflect on all the good things that have happened to them and express gratitude for their good fortunes in the company of loved ones and friends.
Many business have a lot to be thankful this year. They are still in business or their businesses are thriving where others have failed. They have clients who trust and believe in them. They have accolades and strategic partnerships that their competitors can only dream about.
While taking time to say thank you for all of your good fortunes, it might also be a good idea to say thank you for your clients, the people who have made many of those good fortunes possible.
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