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Happy Thanksgiving from AHA

Wednesday, November 22, 2017  
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November 22, 2017

Thanksgiving – Yesterday and Today

Thanks-giving is a tradition that has been followed through millennia, across continents and among many ancient cultures, including the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans and Europeans.  It generally was celebrated in the Fall after the season’s harvest.

In the United States, there are records of celebrations as early as 1565 by the Spaniards at St. Augustine, FL; in 1598 at El Paso, TX; and in 1619 in Virginia County, VA.  In 1621 the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock, MA celebrated their first harvest with contributions from the Native Americans; and celebrated again in 1623 when the end of a drought saved the harvest.  After the formation of the republic, President George Washington proclaimed the first national thanksgiving in 1789.  It was Abraham Lincoln who set a single day – the last Thursday in November – as the national holiday in 1863.  In 1939 Franklin D. Roosevelt moved it up a week to encourage more holiday shopping during the Great Depression.  He signed legislation in 1941 to set it permanently as the fourth Thursday in November.  It should also be noted that since 1970, Native Americans have held annual protests at Cole’s Hill, MA (that overlooks Plymouth Rock) because they believe that the narrative about the early thanksgivings is deceptive and does not reflect the true history of conflict between Native Americans and the early European settlers.

In this time of divisions and derision and as so many of our neighbors still suffer from recent natural disasters and man-made tragedies, this is a time to stop, take stock and be thankful for our many blessings.  Our government and more importantly our communities across the nation have responded and given generously to help ease the hardships and suffering of the many affected by these terrible events.  Whether your traditions include turkey with all of the trimmings, or volunteer opportunities, or Turkey Trots, family football or other customs, take the time to celebrate and be thankful for our freedoms and those who serve to guard them for us – and our resilience as a people and a nation.

At Your AHA we are thankful for your support and your membership.  There may have been no prior time in our history when homeownership was so challenged by economics or regulations.  We will continue to pursue our mission:  to protect and promote sustainable homeownership for all segments of America.  Your support makes this possible and for that we are all thankful.

Tips for a Trouble-Free Thanksgiving Dinner

Are you cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year?  Discover practical tips on how to efficiently and safely prepare your kitchen, home and dinner so that you, your family and guests can relax and enjoy the day!

  • Real Simple. “5 Tricks to a Trouble-Free Thanksgiving”.  Article here.
  • Gold Hassan, Brooke.  “Tips to Avoid Thanksgiving Day Disasters.”  Article here.   
  • Rogers, Erika.  Tips for a Stress-Free Thanksgiving Dinner”.  Article here.  

Will you be a guest instead?  You can find Martha Stewart’s ideas for unique Thanksgiving hostess gifts here

Shopping Season is Here:  Black Friday, Cyber Monday . . . Bring It On!

The holiday shopping season is upon us.  So whether you want to find Black Friday deals or need decorations, gifts or travel services don’t shop anywhere else until you check the latest sales, discounts and cash back offers at and click on Member Rewards.


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