The leaves have fallen off the trees and the temperature is dropping. Thanksgiving is here and we’ll be parked in front of a turkey dinner before you know it. Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the wonderful things in your life, and give thanks for everything we have that makes life worth living.
We’ve all heard the tale about the pilgrims and the Native Americans sitting down together to share a meal. However, Thanksgiving is likely much older than when that story took place. It has historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, with the festivities happening in the fall, just after harvest, to show appreciation for a successful season. Though we call it Thanksgiving today, this style of harvest festival has been held by ancient farmers since we first started growing crops as a food source.
You may be surprised to know that America isn’t the only country to have such a celebration. Many cultures throughout the world, have a similar “harvest festivals”. Our Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November, though it’s honored on different days in other countries.
Living in America, we have advantages that we often take for granted. Many of us own homes, cars, and “big toys” such as snowmobiles, ATVs, and boats. Though we aren’t all equally wealthy, even the poorest Americans have greater wealth than 7 out of 10 people throughout the rest of the world. If you have a house and a car, odds are you have a job to pay for them as well. When you include things that can’t be put on a ledger, like a loving family, loyal friends and reasonable health, most of us should consider ourselves quite lucky.
To ensure you can continue to enjoy the good things in life, you should have a sound insurance plan in place. That may include homeowners insurance, car insurance, and possibly business insurance. An umbrella policy may also be a good idea for added protection. Health insurance, disability insurance, and life insurance are also important to financially protect you and your family should you need it.
This Thanksgiving, you probably didn’t plan on thinking about the “what ifs” in life, the bad things that could happen, but it might do you good to set aside some time to to check your insurance coverage to see if it is sufficient should the unfortunate happen. Knowing that you have everything covered could give you that added peace of mind during the holidays and year to come.
Be thankful for your blessings this November. Eat some turkey, have a glass of wine, and spend some quality time with your loved ones. While you’re at it, review your insurance policies to secure your blessings. Call us if you have questions, we’d be happy to help.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!