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Gratitude in the Air: Celebrating Thanksgiving

As the autumn leaves turn to vibrant shades of red and gold, there’s a sense of anticipation in the air. The holiday season is approaching, and at the heart of it all is Thanksgiving, a uniquely American tradition. Let me delve into the importance of Thanksgiving in the United States and why it continues to hold a special place in our hearts.

**A Time for Gratitude**

Thanksgiving celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November, is a time for families and friends to come together and reflect on the year’s blessings. It’s a moment to express gratitude for the abundance that we often take for granted. Whether it’s a bountiful feast on the table, the warmth of companionship, or the simple pleasures of life, Thanksgiving reminds us to appreciate the good in our lives.

The roots of Thanksgiving trace back to the early 17th century when the Pilgrims, seeking religious freedom, arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

They celebrated their first successful harvest with a feast that included Native Americans who had helped them adapt to the new land. Throughout the decades, Thanksgiving has evolved. President Abraham Lincoln declared it a national holiday in 1863 during the Civil War, hoping it would bring a divided nation together in a spirit of unity and gratitude. We could all use a reminder of this in our country today.

Thanksgiving transcends cultural and religious boundaries, bringing together people from all backgrounds. It’s a time when differences are set aside, and a shared meal serves as a symbol of the gift of community. Families across the country gather to reconnect, share stories, and create cherished memories. This sense of togetherness is invaluable.

Another significant aspect of Thanksgiving is the spirit of giving.

Many Americans participate in charitable activities during this time, whether by volunteering at local food banks, donating to those in need, or organizing community events. It’s a reminder of the importance of helping others and giving back to the community.

Our country has the foundation of “loving our neighbor,” and this is a fantastic time every year to ingrain this idea into each and every generation. This is what makes our country great.

Thanksgiving has weathered the test of time and continues to be a cherished tradition in the United States.

While it has evolved over the centuries, its core values of gratitude, unity, and generosity remain unwavering.

As we approach this Thanksgiving, let’s remember the importance of this holiday. It’s an opportunity to pause, reflect, and express our gratitude. It’s a time to come together, bridge divides, and give back to our communities. In a fast-paced world, Thanksgiving serves as a reminder to cherish life’s blessings and the people who make it special.

We hope you enjoy this holiday season filled with love, gratitude, and togetherness. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones!

November 2023

Keith Albritton 

Keith Albritton

Keith earned a B.S. in Finance from the University of Florida in 1991, and was a four-year letterman on the UF golf team that won two SEC championships and more than 12 team titles.

He joined Allen & Company in 1996 as a Financial Advisor. Keith is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and Certified Investment Management Analyst®.
He holds both the Series 7 and 24 registrations with LPL Financial, and Series 66 with both LPL Financial and Allen & Company. Keith also holds the Life, Health and Variable Annuities insurance licenses.