By: Jenna Campbell

I’m always appreciative of this time of the year, because as Thanksgiving approaches, we all receive that extra reminder to be thankful for what we have. Working in the world of staffing and recruiting can often come with busy days and pressing deadlines, and sometimes it can be hard to find a break in the day to appreciate the blessings we have. In the world of recruiting, there are always new candidates to find, new job orders to fill and new opportunities to seek out, and with the chaos of Thanksgiving planning, Black Friday shopping and the upcoming Christmas season, we can sometimes be distracted from the reason we celebrate the holiday in the first place.

Thanksgiving Day began in 1621, when the Pilgrims and Indians gathered together for a three-day feast to celebrate the good harvest. But it wasn’t until 1863 that President Lincoln officially proclaimed it as a national holiday.

“The year is drawing towards a close, and has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies,” Lincoln said. “… I invite my fellow citizens, in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise.”

So from our Avionté family to yours, we hope that you’re able to take some time this weekend, whether it’s in between bites of turkey and potatoes, or while waiting in line for the best Black Friday deals, to reflect and be thankful, just as the Pilgrims and Indians did when the tradition of today’s Thanksgiving Day began long ago.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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