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Let Us Give Thanks.

Altaf Shaikh | November 25, 2015 

“Although the American concept of Thanksgiving developed in the colonies of New England, its roots can be traced back to the other side of the Atlantic. Both the Separatists who came over on the Mayflower and the Puritans who arrived soon after brought with them a tradition of providential holidays—days of fasting during difficult or pivotal moments and days of feasting and celebration to thank God in times of plenty.”

History of Thanksgiving,

Happy Thanksgiving from ListEngage

More than two centuries before President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day in 1863, days for giving thanks were already being set aside throughout the individual colonies and states of Colonial America.

Since November 1621, when the Pilgrims held a feast to celebrate their first successful corn harvest, Americans have been designating days of gratitude for bountiful harvests, the end to war, even for fasting and prayer during civil strife.

The Thanksgiving we celebrate today and the food we eat may look very different from what was celebrated almost 400 years ago, but one thing remains the same – it’s a day set aside for giving thanks.

So, Thursday, as we sit around the table with family and friends, let us pause and give thanks that we have those people in our lives and live in a country where we enjoy peace and the freedom to enjoy the rich bounty America has to offer.

All of us here at ListEngage wish you and your loved ones a very HAPPY & BLESSED THANKSGIVING!

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Altaf Shaikh

Altaf Shaikh | Founder, CEO

Altaf Shaikh is ListEngage’s Founder and CEO. Altaf has been in software development and digital marketing for more than 25 years. He started ListEngage in 2003 to help businesses transform their email and digital marketing. ListEngage has supported the Salesforce Marketing Cloud since 2003 when it was ExactTarget. As a dedicated Salesforce Partner, ListEngage has served 900+ customers and earned multiple awards, such as: 2013 ExactTarget Global Services Award, the Inc. 5000 three consecutive years, and the Boston Business Journal's FAST 50 two years in a row. Contact Altaf at