Enter H5C’s Giving Thanks Contest Now!

The holidays are coming! Are you feeling festive yet? Before it all begins, let’s take a moment to remember what it is you are most thankful for this year! H5C invites you to enter our Giving Thanks Contest! Whether you’re thankful for the beautiful weather, spending times with loved ones or that new promotion at work, we want to hear about it! Share your story with us and you may just win 200K coins, another reason to be thankful!

Enter now through Tuesday, November 21st 11:59pm EST! Winners will be announced on Wednesday, November 22nd by 5:00pm EST!

Enter Now: http://bit.ly/H5CGivingThanksContestEnter

Check below to see what our employeesare thankful for this year!

Anne- This year I am thankful for spending some extra time with my family and friends.

John- I’m thankful for living in a beautiful home, with my beautiful family and my awesome job!

Jill- This year, I am thankful for my health and for my dogs!

Enter the contest now and let us know what you’re most thankful for this year! Comment in the conversation bubble below and let us know what type of contest you would like to see in the future.

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Thanksgiving Factoids!

h5c_factoids_thanksgiving_blogpostHey High 5-ers, with Thanksgiving being celebrated in the United States today, what are your plans for the holiday weekend… besides playing Gobblers Gone Wild on High 5 Casino?

Did you know that in 2015, 46.9 million Americans traveled 50 miles or more over the Thanksgiving weekend? AAA estimates that tomorrow, 48.7 million Americans will travel to be with family and friends for the holiday. While you begin your preparations for your great feast, check out some Thanksgiving facts below:

1. The first Thanksgiving was held in the autumn of 1621, however it did not become a holiday until 1863! It took over 200 years and a 17 year campaign by Sarah Josepha Hale, for President Lincoln to implement the holiday.

2.  Forks weren’t the only thing missing from the first Thanksgiving dinner shared between 90 Wampanoag Native Americans and 50 pilgrims…so were turkey, pumpkin pie and delicious cranberry sauce! Yes, that’s right turkey was not served at the first Thanksgiving and neither were pumpkin pies. Historians have reported that venison, ducks, geese, oysters, lobsters, eel and fish were mostly likely consumed at the first Thanksgiving along with raw cranberries and pumpkins. The Native Americans and pilgrims used spoons and knives to eat, as the fork wasn’t introduced until 10 years later!

3. Did you know that there are 6 major US States that produce the majority of pumpkins? The USDA reports that in 2015, Illinois, California, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and New York produced a combined 753.8 million pounds of pumpkins!

4. Over 50 million people tune their TV’s to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, are you one of them? Is watching the parade a tradition in your house? Here are some interesting facts!

  • The first Thanksgiving Day Parade was launched by employees of Macy’s in 1924 and featured animals from the Central Park Zoo!
  • The first balloon character to appear in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was Snoopy in 1927! Snoopy has appeared in the parade more than any other character and was designed by Tony Sarg!

5. After watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, do you turn on some football? This year marks 96 years since the first NFL Thanksgiving Day Football Game took place in 1920!

You can’t have Thanksgiving without a turkey, can you? Here are some interesting facts about turkeys:

  •  Turkeys are intelligent, sensitive and highly social animals that create lasting bonds with one another. A wild turkey has the ability to learn the precise details of an area over 1,000 acres in size!
  • A group of turkeys can be called several different things including: a “crop,” “dole,” “gang,” “posse,” and “rafter.”
  • A baby turkey is known as a “polut” or “chick”.
  • A young female turkey is called a “jenny” and a young male turkey is called a “jake”.
  • Did you know only male turkeys can gobble? To announce themselves to female turkeys, male turkeys gobble to assert their dominance.

What are your favorite Thanksgiving traditions? Let us know by commenting in the conversation bubble on the top right hand corner of the page!