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Gratitude for Your Partnership with a Few Fun Facts

By Ray Sclafani | November 27, 2014

The opportunity to coach and work with the nation’s top financial advisors and financial professionals has given ClientWise much to be thankful for almost 9 years now. We’ve rejoiced in seeing leaders and influencers make honest, impactful changes that greatly improve the investor experience and strengthen the fabric of our industry.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have made it possible for us to reach this point. We wouldn’t be where we are today without your support in our efforts to develop leaders who raise the industry standards of professionalism, service, and integrity. Your commitment to providing excellent service to your clients, to being “ClientWise”, and to honing your professional development, creates an ongoing need for our services. This inspires us to grow every day. 

We’re honored to partner with you, and appreciate you acting as our loyal client advocates by sending colleagues and friends our way. We look forward to continuing this partnership in the New Year. From all of us on the ClientWise team, we wish you a safe, happy, and healthy Thanksgiving with friends, family, and loved ones.

Oh, and we thought you also might enjoy sharing some interesting facts about the holiday around the dinner table this year. Compliments of RandomFacts.com:

  • Thanksgiving is often considered the site of the first cultural war because it contains both a narrative of the birth of freedom and democracy as well as an account of racism, mistreatment of Native Americans, and conflict.

  • The famous pilgrim celebration at Plymouth Colony Massachusetts in 1621 is traditionally regarded as the first American Thanksgiving. However, there are actually 12 claims to where the “first” Thanksgiving took place: two in Texas, two in Florida, one in Maine, two in Virginia, and five in Massachusetts.

  • The Pilgrim’s thanksgiving feast in 1621 occurred sometime between September 21 and November 1. It lasted three days and included 50 surviving pilgrims and approximately 90 Wampanoag Indians, including Chief Massasoit. Their menu differed from modern Thanksgiving dinners and included berries, shellfish, boiled pumpkin, and deer.

  • Long before the Pilgrims, native Hawaiians celebrated the longest thanksgiving in the world—Makahiki, which lasted four months, approximately from November through February. During this time, both work and war were forbidden.

  • Sarah Josepha Hale (1788-1879), who tirelessly worked to establish Thanksgiving as a national holiday, also was the first person to advocate women as teachers in public schools, the first to advocate day nurseries to assist working mothers, and the first to propose public playgrounds. She was also the author of two dozen books and hundreds of poems, including “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”

  • When President Franklin D. Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving to the next-to-last Thursday in November to prolong the holiday shopping season, many Republicans rebelled. The holiday was temporarily celebrated on different dates: November 30 became the “Republican Thanksgiving” and November 23 was “Franksgiving” or “Democrat Thanksgiving.”

  • The Friday after Thanksgiving is called Black Friday largely because stores hope the busy shopping day will take them out of the red and into positive profits. Black Friday has been a tradition since the 1930s.

  • Thanksgiving football games began with Yale versus Princeton in 1876.

  • Now a Thanksgiving dinner staple, cranberries were actually used by Native Americans to treat arrow wounds and dye clothes.

As I read through these I was amazed at how rich the tradition of gratitude is in this country. I hope you’ll join us at ClientWise in continuing to create a tradition of gratitude.


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