Give Thanks!

The VERY first Thanksgiving at Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Thanksgiving is a particularly American holiday. The word evokes images of football, family reunions, roasted turkey with stuffing, pumpkin pie and, of course, and the Pilgrims. The first American Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621, to commemorate the harvest reaped by the Plymouth Colony after a harsh winter. In that year Governor William Bradford proclaimed a day of thanksgiving. The colonists celebrated it as a traditional English harvest feast, to which they invited the local Wampanoag Indians.

Enjoy your feast!

Days of thanksgiving were celebrated throughout the colonies after fall harvests. All thirteen colonies did not, however, celebrate Thanksgiving at the same time until October 1777. George Washington was the first president to declare the holiday, in 1789.

By the mid–1800s, many states observed a Thanksgiving holiday. During the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln, looking for ways to unite the nation, signed his Thanksgiving Proclamation, declaring the last Thursday in November a day of thanksgiving.

In 1939, 1940, and 1941 Franklin D. Roosevelt, seeking to lengthen the Christmas shopping season, proclaimed Thanksgiving the third Thursday in November. Controversy followed, and Congress passed a joint resolution in 1941 decreeing that Thanksgiving should fall on the fourth Thursday of November, where it remains.

The Seeds of Happiness Team wishes you a Thanksgiving filled with love, warmth and of course, lots of SMILES!

Shop Small!

Shop Small on Saturday, November 24, 2012!

Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses nationwide.  Last year, over one hundred million people came together to Shop Small® in their communities on Small Business Saturday®.  Started by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday falls on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  Whether you’re a small business owner or customer, want to encourage your friends to Shop Small or help rally an entire town; everyone can help spread the word about Small Business Saturday.  The more people and the more businesses that get involved, the bigger and more beneficial the day will be.  Here are several reasons to shop on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 24 this year:

Support your local economy

By buying local, your money stays local. This means more jobs for residents and increased tax revenues for local governments.  According to a study of the local economy in Salt Lake City, an average of 52% of revenue from local retailers returned to the local economy, compared with only 14% for national chains.

We have lots of unique, handmade gifts for your shopping pleasure!

Unique gifts


You’ll often find gifts in local shops you won’t find in larger stores, like handmade jewelry or artisan foods. These gifts can add a special touch that you can’t get from mass-produced products.

At Seeds of Happiness, we will be open on Small Business Saturday, November 24 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Sale pricing on lots and lots of merchandise including Seeds and apparel.  We look forward to seeing you at Seeds of Happiness.   Smiles to YOU!