Happy Thanksgiving 2020


The Costen Insurance Team would like to wish all of our clients, friends, family and associates a very Happy Thanksgiving 2020.

The economic and industry challenges from 2018 and 2019 have continued into 2020. Add to that the current global pandemic and all of the catastrophic losses that have occurred this year (Ft.McMurray floods, Calgary hailstorm, forest fires in Canada and other parts of the word), and 2020 has been a doozy so far.

The world seems to be getting busier and crazier by the day, so it’s nice to take a step back and reflect on what we are thankful for this Thanksgiving long weekend.

This year, we at Costen Insurance are thankful for:

  • Living in a great City surrounded by great people;
  • A fabulous Team of people who care about each other, our clients, and our Brokerage;
  • The ability to run our business from home during the period of quarantine, and to continue operating in a variety of ways to suit our clients and our Team’s needs;
  • A wonderful office space and positive work environment;
  • The safety, health and happiness of our Team, families, and friends;
  • And for YOU, our clients, friends, family and associates, who support us and put your trust in us as your Insurance Broker of choice!

And now…. a little history on the Thanksgiving Holiday!

In Canada, the very first Thanksgiving took place in 1578 when English explorer Martin Frobisher arrived in Newfoundland. He wanted to give thanks for his safe arrival in the New World!

Traditionally, the holiday consists of festivals of thanks and celebration of harvest. Declared a national holiday in 1879, Thanksgiving used to take place on the 6th of November each year. However, in 1957 Canadian Parliament declared the second Monday of October as the official Thanksgiving holiday, as after World War II it was falling on the same week as Remembrance Day (November 11th). As well, Canada’s harvest is earlier than that of the United States, so moving it to October made sense!

Being Canadian, the history of our Thanksgiving is more about giving thanks for harvest than the arrival of the Pilgrims. Over the years, it has evolved into a holiday involving parades, spending time with family, pumpkin pie, and of course… TURKEY!

Our Thanksgiving Day post would not be complete without a few good (or not so good) Thanksgiving jokes:

Q: Who is not hungry at Thanksgiving?
A: The turkey because he’s already stuffed!

Q: What was the turkey suspected of?
A: Fowl play.

Q: What’s the key to a great Thanksgiving dinner?
A: The turKEY.

Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving 2020 with your family and friends (from a safe a suitable distance, of course!).

The Costen Insurance Team

* A friendly reminder that our Office will be CLOSED on Monday, October 12th for Thanksgiving Day.