Bob Norton Consulting - November 2018

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FROM THE DESK OF Bob

As I’m writing this, I have one more week until the end of tax season. It will officially be 2018 for me! Of course, I’ll have to start planning for the 2018 tax season. In the meantime, I’ll get to catch up on a few projects that I have in the works. Penny has a list of things she needs help with around the house. I’m working on a book with Ray Brinson of Patriot Title LLC that will help small-business owners with basic corporate governance for their corporations. And I’ve started a coaching program for small-business owners to help them with managing and growing their businesses. For the coaching program, I held a Mastermind meeting in Slidell recently. The purpose of the group is to gather with other small-business owners to help each other solve problems. Many entrepreneurs find that very few people they talk to understand the issues they face while running their businesses. If you are interested in joining this group, please email me or give me a call.

THE HISTORY BEHIND THANKSGIVINGTRADITIONS T urkey , F ootball , and B lack F riday

“There is one day that is ours. Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American.” –O. Henry

In our lifetimes, Thanksgiving hasn’t changed all that much. Sure, you may have modernized the menu and begun posting your family photos to Instagram, but the tried-and-true quartet of family, football, grub, and gratitude has been in place for generations. While it’s easy to take holiday traditions as a given, each one has a fascinating history all its own. Christmas trees, Valentine’s chocolate, and other de rigueur activities often have strange, unexpected origins. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the backstories behind some of the essential Thanksgiving traditions. TURKEY Unlike other items on this list, it’s likely that turkey has been a staple of Thanksgivings since the first Thanksgiving in 1621. At the time, the holiday didn’t even have a name, and it was still more than 200 years away from being officially recognized by Abraham Lincoln. There are only two primary source documents detailing the meal between the Massachusetts colonists and the Wampanoag natives, and one of them mentions the famous Thanksgiving bird explicitly. Plymouth County Governor William Bradford described the menu in his journal “Of Plymouth Plantation,”which is one of the earliest accounts of life in colonial America. “Besides waterfowl,” he wrote, “there was great store of wild turkeys, of which they took many, besides venison, etc.” As the colonists moved throughout the continent, they brought turkeys with them. In fact, there was even a specific role, called a “turkey drover,” for the person who would shepherd the birds from one part of the country to another.

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