"Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow." - Edward Sandford Martin 

Some stories about Thanksgiving date as far back as 1621 with a group of Native Americans and Pilgrims from the Mayflower…later in 1863 during the American Civil War, Thanksgiving was named a national holiday. During those times, much of the celebrating had to do with the bountiful harvest and preparation for the winter months. They didn’t celebrate for one afternoon, they celebrated for days…rejoicing in the results of their labor in the fields and gave thanks for the good harvest, which meant they would survive the cold winter months.

Today, we still celebrate, but what we celebrate is much different. While some the traditions may be the same, we are not impacted by whether or not we were of able body to grow and harvest a winter supply of food. Today, much of Thanksgiving is centered on an attitude of gratitude…what we have to be grateful for in the moment, and in the months that have past. And it is in the moments of personal reflection that we can gain much insight, about ourselves, our experiences, and the footsteps we leave behind.

While you gather tomorrow with your friends and loved ones, I hope you will take an extra few minutes in between the cooking and drinking to reflect upon your life…what are you truly grateful for? I know for me, I have so much to be grateful for, especially those of you reading this. I would not be where I am today if it was not for the many families we have helped over nearly thirty years. I am grateful for your trust in me as your real estate advisor. It is with an attitude of gratitude that I wish you a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving – Nate 

Nate Martinez, RE/MAX Professionals

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