Here we are: 41 days until the New Year. How are you doing?
When I began my weekly writing last April, I had three goals to achieve: be positive; be helpful; be entertaining. If I’m able to accomplish all three in one writing that is a bonus. Over the past seven months I have received many kind comments regarding these emails; I have greatly appreciated them. On the other hand, if you don’t like these weekly writings, I have not heard from you, and I appreciate that too.
If there are any past writings that you wish to re-read or share, they are available on my website as well as my Facebook page: The Financial Planning Group (THIS IS NEW!!). Speaking of new things, Rhona and I have been working on rolling out a number of additional tools and services for you. You can expect to see more about these services in the 2021.
This week’s theme is centered around Thanksgiving and the holiday season that is rapidly approaching. I’ve come up with three different articles that you may find interesting. Incidentally two of these came from client feedback and suggestions – a big Thank You to you two for these ideas.
When did Thanksgiving start?
We all know it started with the Pilgrims in the 1600’s but when was it officially recognized? Washington made a Thanksgiving Proclamation in 1789 for the U.S. Constitution. Here is President Washington’s original proclamation:
Americans’ Thanksgiving traditions have continued to change since the founding. In 1863, President Lincoln declared that Thanksgiving would fall on the final Thursday of November. For the most part this tradition was followed until 1939, when FDR declared November 23rd (the second to last Thursday that year) as the day for Thanksgiving. This deviation was very controversial and many Americans refused to follow Roosevelt’s declaration. On November 26th, 1941, FDR admitted his mistake and signed into law officially making the fourth Thursday of November the national holiday of Thanksgiving.
“Tuesdays with Morrie”
If you are not familiar with this book by Mitch Albom, it is a story about how Mitch reconnected with one of his mentors, Morrie Schwartz. As the title suggests, Mitch would visit Morrie every Tuesday. Mitch consistently kept his visits until (spoil alert) Morrie’s death. The book is relatively short (192 pages) and is definitely worth the time if you haven’t read it before. The article I’ve included attempts to answer how Covid would have affected Mitch’s Tuesday visits. As my wife and I read the article, we started considering how to better reach out to our loved ones without the potential risks of physical contact.
I received this final article link in response to last week’s writing. I wrote about how we can tackle the challenges facing us this holiday season as we deal with the realities of Covid. I can foresee a new tradition of having many more outdoor gatherings, versus sitting inside around a dining room table. In the words of my Norwegian friend, “there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.”
I hope you have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!
Please remember that we are “here” and available for you. If you have any questions or concerns, financial or otherwise, please do not hesitate to call or email. If you have friends, family, or neighbors you feel would benefit from a conversation with me, I’m more than happy to have a call or jump on a Zoom meeting with them.
As always, I hope that you are doing well, and staying safe & healthy!