A day of thanks for good fortune

By Nancy Schultz | Nov 22, 2009

Thanksgiving Day traditions today bear only a passing resemblance to that original three-day harvest celebration at Plymouth Plantation in 1621. The holiday is so steeped in myth that it seems curious to learn that it was 50 years after that before the first officially proclaimed Thanksgiving Day took place in Charlestown, Mass. George Washington proclaimed a national “Day of Publick Thanksgiving” to be held on Thursday, Nov. 26, 1789.


It will be precisely 220 years later when you sit down to dinner with family and friends for this year’s Thanksgiving. Even if your plans are modest, you probably can find much to be thankful for, whether for good health, good neighbors, the family members around your table or those who couldn’t make it this year. You might, in fact, spare a thought about the financial markets that, to date, have been in recovery mode.


Whatever your Thanksgiving Day traditions, I wish you and your family a pleasant day. My own observations of Thanksgiving Day are usually quiet. I’m certainly grateful to many people, including all my clients, with whom I’ve negotiated the financial challenges of the past year.


In observance of this special time to be with family and friends, the financial markets will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 26.


I appreciate your allowing me to be of service to you and your family. Thank you.


Nancy L. Schultz is an investment adviser representative affiliated with Raymond James Financial Services.






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