Everyone at Noosh, in our offices in California and among our partners and distributed team members around the world, are sincerely thankful for how well our business is faring, despite the severe economic, public health, and personal challenges that this year has imposed on many of us, our friends, and our families.
We’re taking a couple of days this week to celebrate what is sometimes considered the uniquely U.S. and Canadian holiday of Thanksgiving, represented with a cornucopia of turkey, squash, berries, greens, and seasoned breads.
Within the USA, Thanksgiving holidays once fell under the jurisdiction of individual states and were held on different days. The first federal observance of an Official Day of Thanksgiving came in the middle of the Civil War, after the editor of a women’s magazine successfully lobbied President Abraham Lincoln to establish it nationally as a unifying national gesture in 1863.
2020 marks 400 years since the arrival in 1620 of a small group of immigrants in what is now the U.S. State of Massachusetts. Those shoe-buckled European “Pilgrims” on the Mayflower, as we learned in primary school, celebrated and shared America’s “first” thanksgiving feast with indigenous people. There are historical accounts of similar gatherings in the southern and western parts of the continent during the same era.
These are comforting children’s stories that promote the idea that survival and progress are easier to achieve when people cooperate and collaborate harmoniously across borders and cultures. But our colleagues around the world know that the customs of offering gratitude, giving thanks, and celebrating the harvest are certainly not limited to North America. Those are traditions as old and as widespread as civilization.
It seems appropriate to us, especially in a year like 2020, for everyone in the global community to pause and express thanks for the good fortunes that we enjoy, despite a difficult year. We invite you to join us this week in this observance.
“Appreciation is a wonderful thing.
It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” – Voltaire