The B. Chaney Improvements staff wishes you a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday.

The staff at B. Chaney hopes your Thanksgiving celebration is one filled with gratitude for blessings you’ve experienced this year. It’s a great time to take a personal inventory and to make memories. It’s also a great time to talk with builders about your dream home and building plans for 2023.

Contact the B. Chaney Charleston office to schedule a meeting for your plans. Work slows down a little bit during the holidays and winter months. This allows for breaks in the schedule to plan for projects in the coming year.

Make notes, search for pictures and dream about what might be your reality in 2023. Then reach out to schedule a meeting to see if it’s a good fit. The B. Chaney team will listen to your ideas and also offer insight as you make decisions to move forward. This knowledge can be used to further shape the plan and/or shape conversations with other builders. Each construction company should be thoroughly vetted based on history and what value can be had for the budget.

You can also call the office at 973-390-3482 or email to discuss your home, major addition or home improvement project.

And while you’re enjoying the days leading up to Thanksgiving, enjoy these interesting holiday facts.

Happy Thanksgiving from B. Chaney Improvements in Charleston, SC

Thanksgiving Around the World

Most people know what to expect with Thanksgiving in the U.S. It’s all about family, turkey and football. But a number of other nations celebrate in different ways. Here’s a list of the eight countries and territories that set aside a holiday to give thanks. Click here to read all the details.

1. Canada: It may surprise most to learn that Canada’s first Thanksgiving celebration actually predates America’s first holiday. In 1578, an expedition led by the English navigator Martin Frobisher held a ceremony to give thanks for the safety of their fleet.

2. Germany: The German equivalent of Thanksgiving is Erntedankfest, or “harvest festival of thanks.” During a typical Erntedankfest, celebrants may carry an Erntekrone — harvest crown of grains — fruit and flowers to the church in a solemn procession.

3. Liberia: Freed slaves from the United States established Liberia in West Africa in the early 1820s with help from the American Colonization Society. In the early 1880s, Liberia’s government passed an act declaring the first Thursday of November as National Thanksgiving Day. Today, Liberia’s Thanksgiving tables boast items such as spicy roast chicken and mashed cassavas. Live music and dancing are also part of the Thanksgiving tradition.

4. Japan: Japan’s variation of Thanksgiving, Kinro Kansha no Hi (Labor Thanksgiving Day) evolved from an ancient rice harvest festival, Niinamesai. Today, the public observes it as a national holiday, but with none of the huge feasting you’ll see on the American holiday. To mark the occasion, children often make thank-you cards for policemen, firefighters or other municipal workers.

5. Norfolk Island: This remote island in the Pacific Ocean is another unlikely place for a holiday celebration with American roots. Its Thanksgiving tradition dates back to the mid-1890s, when the American trader Isaac Robinson decided to put on an American-style Thanksgiving service in the All Saints Church in Kingston.

6. Grenada: Every October 25, people on this West Indian island celebrate their own Thanksgiving Day. It marks the anniversary of a joint Caribbean and U.S. military invasion of Grenada in 1983 to oust a corrupt government. To show their own gratitude, many people in towns and villages hosting the soldiers invited them to dine and celebrate with them, even surprising them with such non-native island foods as turkey, cranberry and potatoes.

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7. The Netherlands: The people of today’s Leiden continue to celebrate their ties with the Mayflower’s passengers by holding non-denominational church services on the fourth Thursday of November.

8. Puerto Rico: After becoming a territory of the United States in the late 19th century, its residents enthusiastically adopted many of the traditions of the holiday. They celebrate it on the same day (fourth Thursday in November) and put their own twist on the traditional turkey feast.

The Staff is Thankful for Kind Words

I honestly don’t think you could hire a more honest, talented contractor. I was extremely pleased with the work that was done on my home. – Kim B.

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