Americans have been celebrating Thanksgiving since the Pilgrims had a harvest meal in 1621. While there is no record of what was eaten, they likely ate turkey, goose and duck. They may have had a cornmeal pudding, but there was not sugar for cranberry sauce or pumpkin pie. Whatever they ate, they were thankful for surviving and having food to eat. The settlers continued to have Thanksgiving feasts after particular events. In 1789 President George Washington issued a Thanksgiving proclamation calling upon Americans to express their gratitude for the country’s independence and the successful ratification of the U.S. Constitution. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November. In 1939, Franklin D. Roosevelt moved the holiday up from the last Thursday to the third Thursday week to extend holiday shopping. The holiday continues to be a day for Americans to gather for a day of feasting, football and family.

We asked the NRPR family for what they are thankful, both professionally and personally.

Personal: I’m thankful for my family and friends who have continued to support me in everything I’ve wanted to do with my life
Professional: I’m thankful for the opportunity to learn, grow and advance in my post-collegiate career goals
—Yasaman Abbassi-Khah

Personal: Thankful for a supportive mother who believes in me
Professional: Thankful for my co-workers who make every day enjoyable
—Shania Jackson

Personal: Thankful to have such an amazing supporting family that I can always depend on. I can’t wait to celebrate the holidays with them.
Professional: I’m thankful to be working in the field of my choice and gaining new experience day by day!
—Ashley McKay

Personal: I’m thankful for having a wonderful, supportive partner to share my life with and our new home.
Professional: I’m thankful for the opportunities I have here at NRPR and how I learn something new every day.
—Delia Mendoza

Personal: Thankful that my siblings and I work well as team to help my mother as she overcomes her health issues. Also, thankful for my district officer role in Toastmasters.
Professional: Thankful for a job I enjoy in atmosphere of mutual support, where people are powered upward rather than pushed down.
—Lynda Starr

We wish you a very happy Thanksgiving with your family and friends. Thank you for your support of NRPR Group.

What are you thankful for this holiday season? Let us know in the comments below