Flattmann Law November 2018

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November 2018

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” FROM THE DESK OF Grady Flattmann I’ve truly been transformed by the response to our newsletter during the past few months! I want to give a sincere thank-you to everyone who has subscribed to it. Our readership has doubled thanks to you! Please keep on connecting with Flattmann Law on Facebook and keep the progress going. Unlike the attorneys you see on television, we rely on old-fashion word of mouth to keep doing what we do best: Treat our clients like family, keep consultations 100 percent free and confidential, and provide the best representation possible. Here is a challenge this holiday season of three ideas: (1) Reconnect with one family member or friend who you have been hesitant to contact. (2) Write down three things each day for which you are thankful (it doesn’t have to be earth shattering). (3) Take 5 minutes a day to yourself and listen to your own thoughts. I’ll take the challenge with you. Let’s see what progress we can make! -William Arthur Ward


“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.

Happy Thanksgiving to all and thank you for your support!

-Grady Flattmann

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