As we all begin to prepare for the holiday feasting, shopping, football watching and so on, we thought it would be a good idea to slow down and take a moment to remember what this upcoming holiday is all about – giving thanks. The following are just a few of the things the DataServ team is thankful for this year:
- Kathy LaPlante, Executive Assistant, “I am thankful for my family and I am VERY thankful for the casual dress code at work!”
- Jeff Haller, Managing Partner, "I am thankful for our Team Members' creativity and our Clients' trust.
- Nelda True, Digital Mailroom Team Member, “My children and grandchildren. That includes my wonderful daughters-in-law and grandson-in-law.”
- Jamey Biegener, Manager, Solution Delivery, “My family.”
- Tiffany Lopez, Account Executive, “I am thankful to have such wonderful family and friends and for their good health. I am also thankful to have such an amazing job to come to everyday where I am surrounded by talented people with great energy and ideas.”
- Renee Volz, Digital Mailroom Team Member, “I am thankful for the love of friends and family, and co-workers. It's like one big extended family. It's awesome!”
- Kathi Haller, CFO, “I am grateful for our fantastic product development team who are doing amazing things toward our new product release in 2013!”
What are you thankful for this holiday season? Did you know that in 1863, President Lincoln was the first to declare the last Thursday of November as the national Thanksgiving holiday? Before then, each state observed the holiday on various dates. President Lincoln was actually influenced by Sarah Josepha Hale (author of the nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb”) to make Thanksgiving an official holiday. She had written letters to the four preceding Presidents, but her requests were ignored until she wrote to Lincoln. Below is his Thanksgiving proclamation:
The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consiousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore 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 next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.
By the President: Abraham Lincoln
From everyone at DataServ, we wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!