Thanksgiving Traditions

Watching Our Families Grow

By Jeremy Owsley

It seems like every year there is a discussion among my coworkers at Onspring the week of Thanksgiving—I guess you could call it “turkey talk”—and we exchange tales and information of the holiday. Is anyone working the Wednesday before Thanksgiving? Who is going home (traveling) or staying here? Do they have to fly? Does their family have set rules for discussion topics to stay away from? And of course, how big is their turkey?

Once we have the preliminary stuff out of the way, we discuss a few funny stories of past holidays and traditions that have withstood the stand of time. This coworker time has turned into a bit of a tradition in and of itself.

Turning the Tables

A tradition within my family—maybe all families?—that will undoubtedly always be in existence are adults’ and kids’ tables. When I was still a young tot some 25-plus years ago, I sat at the kids’ table at my Grandparents’ very small bungalow home in Kansas City—the adults got the massive dining table in the kitchen, complete with Grandma’s fine china and all of the fancy holiday items. Meanwhile, we kids were having the time of our lives setting up and sitting at a folding table in the garage, complete with paper plates.

We had so much fun that we didn’t mind the typical garage “dirt and gasoline” smells. And the turkey was always scrumptious.

Turkey Day Fun Facts

My family enjoys a little trivia now and again, and Thanksgiving Day and its history provides a lot fun. Check out a complete history of the holiday here, then take in these few snippets of turkey day historical fun:

  • First Thanksgiving? October 1621
  • President Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day in 1863, to be celebrated on the final Thursday of November.
  • Princeton and Yale played the first football game on Thanksgiving in 1876.
  • John F. Kennedy was the first president to pardon a turkey.
  • The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was first held in 1924.
  • Balloons first appeared in the Macy’s parade in 1927.

Back to Family

Fast forward to the present. My family has outgrown Grandma and Grandpa’s house, so Thanksgiving is now rotated between their kids’ homes. With all of the growth within my family, one thing has stayed the same—there are still adults’ and kids’ tables; the tradition has never been broken. Our children now sit with us at the kids table, but the biggest difference is that we are no longer in the garage—no more gasoline smells—and the holiday feast now requires three turkeys, plus a ham.

A Company of Families

As a relative newcomer in the enterprise software world, Onspring has been growing just like a family does. Each new year means we need a bigger table to accommodate our new employees and clients. Being a part of a growing family like Onspring is rewarding because I am getting to be apart of a tradition not only with my life, but the lives of the clients we serve. Due to the spirit of our company and the heart of our work culture, we live a lifestyle of thankfulness that isn’t just one day a year. In 2019 alone, with the help of our clients who have been with us from the start to the clients that came on last week, Onspring has 37% more employees than it did last year. Without our fantastic clients, we wouldn’t be able to share that love back with you.

What’s On Tap?

I am highly optimistic that 2020 is going to be Onspring’s best year to date—a lot of very exciting things are going to be happening in the next 12 months. As an organization we will be celebrating our 10th year as a company. We have two new babies expected to join ranks of our work family, as well as some other really fantastic things to come later. With all of this in mind, none of these great things would be possible without our clients. Year-after-year we have seen such an amazing community growth of advocates, all of them expressing their thanks all year by helping us grow through referrals and references. I don’t know if we will ever be able to fully express our gratitude for adding to the overall growth of our family.

I speak for all of the Onspring team when I say from the bottom of my heart how thankful I am to have the pleasure to work with such an amazing community of people who are pushing as hard as we are to grow Onspring—thank you.

Here’s wishing everyone in the Onspring community a safe, fantastic Thanksgiving and holiday season!

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