Giving thanks for the Creator’s gifts had always been a part of the Native People of North America who have held ceremonies to give thanks for successful harvests, for the hope of a good growing season in the early spring, and for other good fortune such as the birth of a child. Giving thanks was, and still is, the primary reason for ceremonies or celebrations.
As with Native traditions in America, celebrations – complete with merrymaking and feasting – in England and throughout Europe after a successful crop are as ancient as the harvest-time itself. In 1621, when their labors were rewarded with a bountiful harvest after a year of sickness and scarcity, the Pilgrims in North America gave thanks to God and celebrated His bounty in the harvest home tradition with feasting and recreation. To these people of strong faith, this was not merely a revel; it was also a joyous outpouring of gratitude.
The arrival of the Pilgrims and Puritans in North America brought new Thanksgiving traditions to the American scene. Today’s national Thanksgiving celebration is a blend of two traditions: the New England custom of rejoicing after a successful harvest, based on ancient English harvest festivals; and the Puritan Thanksgiving, a solemn religious observance combining prayer and feasting.
At Zgrum we like to take this time of year to thank you for being part of our family. You are the foundation of our success, and we want you to know how much we appreciate your loyalty. We appreciate the confidence you have placed in us and we look forward to providing you with the best possible service into the future.