It isn’t about candy, or buying gifts; it isn’t about fireworks; it’s simply about being thankful, eating delicious food and spending quality time with family and friends. The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 by the pilgrims after their first successful harvest in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The first Thanksgiving lasted about three days and was attended by 53 pilgrims and 90 Native Americans. In 1863, Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday. Well, that sure took long enough!
Today, Thanksgiving is so big that 46 million turkeys will be basted this year!
Black Friday? It should be called Green Friday!
Thanksgiving spurred, “Black Friday,” a term cooked up in the 1950’s by police to describe the cornucopia of pedestrians and traffic that gobbled up all the streets the day after Thanksgiving. People would call in sick to work just to get a jump on holiday shopping! In 1961, marketers dubbed it, “Big Friday,” and promised a feast of items at discounted prices. In 2017, Americans spent over 5 billion dollars in twenty-four hours on Black Friday. A smorgasbord of savings!
Cyber Monday? Cyber Fun-day!
As we all know, “the times they are changing’,” and on November 28, 2005, marketing companies debuted, “Cyber Monday,” in an effort to get people to shop online. Boasting no long lines, no getting up early nor staying up late to bump shoulders with other eager shoppers—Cyber Monday became an instant favorite in the melting pot of shopping, and saw sales reaching to 6.6 billion in 2017!
Paying it forward.
With all these special days to save money while buying amazing things for ourselves, it’s important to remember how lucky we are, blessed to have the families and fortunes that we have. On this special day, to feel the true meaning of Thanksgiving, we at Gululu pose to you to do something generous for people less fortunate. Here are just a few ways you can teach children about generosity, responsibility, and compassion:
1) Donate to a local homeless shelter or the VA!
With your child, go around your house and find things you don’t really need or use much any more. Talk about the joy this item brought to you, and how much it will bring to someone else.
2) Gift giving!
Give your child a gift, for the sole purpose of giving it to someone else. Let your child choose to whom they want to give the gift. Help to make gratitude the centerpiece of Thanksgiving!
There are many places that serve food and provide other services to homeless and elderly people. Check out local shelters to see how you can help.
4) Get your child a Gululu and support children in developing countries!
We at Gululu live the word generosity, and ask that you help out, too. By purchasing a Gululu for your child, you will not only start their learning about healthy drinking habits, but also about being generous. Thanks to our cooperation with Generosity.org, a portion of every Gululu sold goes toward helping build sustainable water wells for children in developing countries.
And what’s the best thing about buying a Gululu? You don’t have to call in sick to get one! Let’s make our new world one full of health and generosity!
From all of us, at Gululu.
Give thanks, and have a Happy Thanksgiving!