It’s HO-HO-Holiday Time

It’s HO-HO-Holiday Time

  For many people, this time of year is filled with making lists, travel, sweet treats and a busy social calendar. It also means that people will be feeling the effects of lighter wallets, too. Holiday spending (and often overspending) is something that happens to a lot of Americans this time of year. We shop for our families, for our employees and maybe even a […]

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Veterans Day Facts

Veterans Day Facts

With Veterans Day coming up this week, we thought this would be a great chance to learn more about how the holiday started and why it’s observed in the United States. Veterans Day was actually established as “Armistice Day” in 1919, which marked the end of World War I, and eventually became a national holiday in 1938.  President Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change […]

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Spooky Halloween Facts

Spooky Halloween Facts

The celebration of Halloween dates back nearly 2,000 years, when it had quite a different tone. What started out associated with witches, ghosts and vampires has turned into a more kid-friendly occasion that is linked to carving pumpkins and eating candy.  In the United States, Halloween is also a very profitable holiday for retailers and candy manufacturers. Trick-or-treating is a big deal, whether you have […]

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Red, White & Boom

Red, White & Boom

As we are getting ready to observe Independence Day in the United States, there are some interesting facts to learn about the events that inspired the holiday, and how Americans choose to celebrate the occasion. Many people spend time with family during the holiday week, traditionally shooting off fireworks or attending picnics, parades or backyard barbecues. Perhaps others will take advantage of a day off […]

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Celebrating Fathers

Celebrating Fathers

With Father’s Day coming up this weekend, we thought it would be nice to share a few facts about the holiday along with ideas for celebrating with the dad in your life. The concept of Father’s Day was created by Sonora Dodd, in Spokane, Washington, who was looking for a way to honor her widowed father. The mayor chose the birthday of Dodd’s father to […]

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May: The Month of Mothers

May: The Month of Mothers

For most Americans, there is a special woman in their life. She may be a biological mother, a step-mother, a grandmother, or maybe not a mother at all. Regardless, Mother’s Day is a great time to honor the women in your life.  The first Mother’s Day was observed in 1908, in West Virginia and Philadelphia. It took many years for the idea to gain popularity throughout the rest […]

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Happy Earth Week!

Happy Earth Week!

We are in the middle of Earth Week, which ends with the observance of Earth Day on Saturday, April 22. This year marks the 47th anniversary of Earth Day, which was first celebrated in California, in 1970. The special designation was created to inspire awareness and appreciation for Earth’s natural environment. Although Earth Day was started by a group of environmentally conscious people in the United States, the […]

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