Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from TextbookRush!

The past (almost) 2 years have put extra challenges in front of many people.

This Thanksgiving Day is a wonderful reminder for you to take a moment and give thanks for all the good things in your life. Consider this day an opportunity to be thankful for more than just your favorite TV show. Take this opportunity to be thankful for all those you surround yourself with daily. Ok, I know that sounds super cheesy. But truthfully, there’s no better time to genuinely thankful than the holiday season. It’s a time to reflect on all the hardships and counter them with something outstanding. Scientists say that living a life high on gratitude will keep your brain alive and well longer. We are all familiar with endorphins, right?

At TextbookRush, we feel thankful for our team. Our team in compiled of people who have been employees for much of our 25+ years in the book business. Our team is a family that supports one another, and that support has been extra evident the past couple years. And of course, we are thankful for our customer base. We will continue to support our customers in their pursuit of higher education.

Fun facts for the Thanksgiving table!

  1. The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 – but there wasn’t a Turkey! Historians believe the menu included venison, duck, goose, oysters, lobster, eel, and fish with pumpkins and cranberries
  2. Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday on October 3, 1863. This idea came from Sarah Joseph Hale, the woman who wrote “Mary Had a Little Lamb”. She convinced Lincoln to make Thanksgiving a national holiday after writing him letters for 17 years.
  3. President Franklin Roosevelt made Thanksgiving Day an official federal holiday and moved to the fourth Thursday of November in 1941.
  4. The U.S. presidents have a history of pardoning turkeys each year. It started with John F. Kennedy who was the first to let a Thanksgiving turkey go, followed by Richard Nixon who sent his turkey to a petting zoo. George H.W. Bush is the president who formalized the turkey pardoning tradition in 1989.
  5. In the United States, there are four small towns named “Turkey.” They can be found in Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, and North Carolina.
  6. The turkey-day football tradition began in 1876 with a college game between Yale and Princeton. The first NFL games were played on Thanksgiving in 1920.
  7. Many cities have large parades on Thanksgiving but the largest and most famous parade is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. This fun-filled and highly entertaining parade has been running since 1924.

Happy Thanksgiving!

About the author

Alison Blankenship
Senior Marketing Manager
I graduated Cum Laude from The Ohio State University (Go Bucks!) with degrees in Marketing and Communications. I’ve been working in the textbook industry for over 10 years, and my work has been featured by College Confidential, Mercy College of Health Sciences, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Pennsylvania Tribune, Montana Technological University, Oregon Live, and other organizations.

I’m an obsessive lover of dachshunds and a passionate reader of books. I’m an avid Pinner and poster, and I’m all over our Facebook page, Twitter account, Instagram and Pinterest.