I don’t know if you are like me, but I am always curious about where certain customs or traditions start. Like many, I had been taught that Thanksgiving celebration started at the first Thanksgiving in Plymouth Colony in 1621. But there is more to the story …

The word ‘harvest’ comes from the Old English word hærfest meaning ‘autumn’, aptly the season for gathering the food of the land. Harvest celebrations have been observed in different ways for as long as there have been people planting food. It was a vital time of year, when success was a genuine matter of life or death.

Many people today may not be thinking about “the harvest” during Thanksgiving. Life has changed a bit. But if we can take our minds back to those early times in history, it can bring an important perspective. Many of us don’t need to worry about the crop. What does remain, however, are two key ideas: bringing people together and being grateful.

We hope that each one of you reading this has the opportunity to be a part of a celebration with people that are important to you and can take the time to reflect on the “good things”. While not every day is a celebration, we have so much to be grateful for in our lives if we stop to think about it.

We, at Wind River, are grateful for all of you. The work we get to do brings us a harvest of satisfaction. It is our hope that you being part of the Wind River family makes your life simpler. We are truly grateful for you business and the opportunity to serve you.

So, to all of you, we want to wish a Happy Hærfest!