Nothing quite says “thank you” during the holidays like the gift of a Thanksgiving turkey.
It’s the centerpiece to a uniquely American family holiday celebrated by everyone, regardless of religious or cultural background. A turkey isn’t just a delicious bird we eat; it’s a celebration of our shared history, values and family traditions.
As an employee gift, the Thanksgiving turkey is the ultimate symbol of gratitude and one of the easiest, most practical ways you can thank your workforce.
An Iconic Symbol of Gratitude
Americans have been celebrating Thanksgiving for nearly four centuries.
By the time President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863, to celebrate “blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies,” turkey was already on its way to becoming the iconic American symbol of gratitude. It’s been that way for generations.
By the 1940s, the National Turkey Federation presented the White House with an honorary bird each year for Thanksgiving.
The custom of the Thanksgiving turkey gift continues to this day at the White House. Since George H.W. Bush was in office in 1989, presidents have carried on a tradition of granting “presidential pardon” to a Thanksgiving turkey and letting it live out its natural life.
The presidential pardon is a symbolic expression of gratitude to the 46 million turkeys eaten by Americans on Thanksgiving. The joy of roast turkey isn’t reserved for Thanksgiving. We also eat 22 million turkeys on Christmas and 19 million on Easter!
In American households, the turkey is synonymous with giving thanks. In the midst of the hectic holiday season, special meals like Thanksgiving are a chance to slow down and appreciate one another. We associate fond memories with Thanksgiving — the aroma of turkey cooking, the sense of belonging, the joy of being with family and friends, and the gratitude we feel to those who came before us and to the younger generations who will carry on the tradition.
Remember Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens’ classic tale of redemption, “A Christmas Carol?” The first thing Scrooge does as a changed man is buy the “prize turkey” hanging in the window of the neighborhood butcher and send it as a gift to the family of his clerk, Bob Cratchit.
This gesture of goodwill is the turning point in Scrooge’s story. It’s the moment he finally sheds his miserly and ungrateful habits. Scrooge’s “prize turkey” has since become an iconic company gift and a heartwarming symbol of holiday cheer.
Thanksgiving turkey: An American Business Tradition
Companies have given holiday turkeys to their employees for many years. Historians date the practice to the manufacturing boom of the 1800s, as a way to introduce immigrant workers to the American traditions and holiday spirit of Thanksgiving.
Some companies carried on the practice even when turkeys were rationed or in short supply. During World War II, one creative Long Island company bought turkey eggs and had them hatched and raised in time for holiday gift-giving.
Turkeys have long been an appreciated way to share thanks with employees, but they haven’t always been the easiest gift to give. Handing out frozen turkeys can quickly turn into a logistical headache involving issues of storage, distribution and timing.
Distributing turkeys by the truckload in the company parking lot on a blustery November day probably isn’t a task your team relishes, nor is it efficient.
Giving frozen turkeys also doesn’t take employee preferences into consideration. How do you know the best size of turkey for each employee’s family? Do they have enough freezer space? How will they get the frozen bird home if they take public transportation or bike to work? What if they really need a turkey for Christmas instead?
gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates Make It Easy!
gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates honor the meaningful tradition of the holiday turkey gift while making it easier for you and more flexible for recipients. Our gift certificates take the guess work out of buying the right sized turkey for everyone and they don’t need refrigeration or a complicated distribution plan. Order gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates online (www.gThankYou.com) or over the phone (888-484-1658) and have them as soon as tomorrow.
Recipients love the flexibility to choose any Brand, any preparation (fresh, frozen, brined, cooked, etc.) of whole turkey, when and at the store they want. gThankYou! Certificates are redeemable at all major grocery stores in the U.S. Sharing the special gift of a holiday turkey has never been easier!
All gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude come with free personalization of recipient and giver names and free ‘Thank You” Enclosure Cards to customize your message of thanks. We even add your logo and send you a proof – all for free!
And, just like the frozen birds, gift certificates for Thanksgiving turkey can still be handed out by management in person with a big smile, handshake and sincere “thank you.”
Share the Gratitude!
gThankYou! makes sharing holiday turkeys easy, meaningful and affordable. So share your appreciation to your hard-working team, the uniquely American way, with the gift of a Thanksgiving turkey.
We wish you and your family, the very best for a very happy Thanksgiving Holiday.
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