Thanksgiving Day is almost upon us. It’s the national holiday when we get together with our loved ones to give thanks for the good things in our lives. Though you might think of it as a typically American holiday, celebrations like Thanksgiving have been observed for many, many years in communities throughout the world. It’s celebrated on different days of the year in other cultures, but we observe it in the fall on the fourth Thursday of every November.
Though you’ve probably heard the legend of America’s Thanksgiving story, with the Native Americans and the Pilgrims sitting down to share a meal, the holiday actually is much older than that. Religious, secular and cultural traditions similar to Thanksgiving have been held throughout the centuries. The practice likely originally started as a celebration of a successful harvest, giving thanks for a plentiful yield. It might even date back to when humans first learned how to farm.
Because we live in the United States, it can be easy to take for granted the day-to-day things that we should be celebrating this Thanksgiving. Many Americans own cars, homes and even businesses. But for those who don’t, even the poorest 5% of the American population is richer than 70% of the worldwide population. If you think about your job and the your ability to work, you realize that you really are quite rich, even if you don’t have the most recent electronic device.
When you take stock of the blessings in your life, you’ll probably want to protect them as well. One of the best ways to protect yourself, your family, and your possessions is to safeguard them with insurance, including homeowners, renters, and car insurance. An umbrella policy would make you feel even more secure. Additionally, being that we are all mortal, so you should be sure to have adequate disability insurance, and life insurance should become ill, injured or pass on expectedly.
It can be rough to think about bad things happening to you, your family or your property. It can be exceptionally hard to think about in the middle of the holiday season. But ignoring the thought will not help either. Talking to your local agent won’t entirely do away with the “what ifs” in life, but it can put your mind at ease to a degree, knowing that if the worst happens, your loved ones and possessions would be protected.
It’s the holiday season. Enjoy this Thanksgiving with some turkey, pumpkin pie, and time with your loved ones. Delight in the good things in your life, but make the time also to review your insurance policies and contact your local independent insurance agent if you have questions, as he or she will be happy to help.
Have a Great Thanksgiving!