A HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM VTPASS

VTpass wishes everyone who is privileged to sit around a table of roasted turkey or other sumptuous meal and say thanks a happy Thanksgiving. There is nothing worth thankful for than being alive and having your family and friends all around you. And what’s a Thanksgiving without sharing? Well, VTpass has made sharing, even more, fun and convenient through the online payment platform, www.vtpass.com. By logging on to www.vtpass.com, you can easily share airtime and data with your friend. You can even afford to pay their electricity bills, cable tv subscriptions and so much more without having to see them at all. Really, this is more than any plastic-wrapped turkey you can afford to give them.

Talking about roasted turkey; this week, Donald Trump performed the obligatory before-thanksgiving ceremony where he got to pardon a lucky turkey and spare him the burden of coming under the knife.

The turkey which weighs about 36 pounds was given official pardon while the rest are left to bend their neck to the Thanksgiving celebration. Honestly, except for the fact that it is practised by one of the world’s powerful nations, this tradition sounds quite bizarre but it has quite a formidable heritage supporting it. Something that truly deserves a telling over and over again.

It all started with Tad, the fine son of our good president, Abraham Lincoln. In 1863, a turkey had been brought to Lincoln’s home for Christmas dinner. But young Tad took a liking for the turkey and pleaded that its life should be spared. Following this, the tradition of keeping a turkey alive has somehow managed to slip into modern civilisation.

But at first, it was not quite a binding rule to spare these turkeys. In fact, dead and roasted turkeys were usually offered as gifts to presidents during the 1870s. A Rhode Island poultry farmer Horace Vose was very accountable in this regard. Called the poultry king, Vose’dead and roasted Thanksgiving and Christmas turkeys started with President Ulysses S. Grant and continued till he died in 1913. Even after his death, the “turkey gifts” were established as a customary practice and an emblem of goodness.

It was not until 1947 that the National Turkey Federation and the Poultry and Egg National Board gave live turkeys to the then President Harry Truman. Somehow, President Truman got pretty excited about this and photographed himself with the adorable turkey weighing 42 pounds before slapping it unto his Christmas plate. But already, the iconic image stuck out like a thumb in the minds of many.

President John Kennedy in 1963 took a cue from this and pardoned a turkey given him for a celebration. The president’s choice to offer clemency to the turkey might be slightly influenced by the sign that stuck around the turkey’s head which read, “Good eating, Mr President.” To this, Mr President simply replied, “We’ll just let this one grow.”

After Kennedy, this sparing a turkey’s life, it was pretty much becoming a campaign so that President Richard Nixon went on to send off the birds offered to him as gifts to the local petting zoo. Perhaps he didn’t feel right sending off the birds to a straightforward death in the presidential kitchen. President Ronald Reagan followed this trend, sending off Charlie, his birdie gifts to the Frying Pan petting zoo, but not without mentioning that the turkey had been pardoned.

November 26, 2008
George Bush (C) pardons a turkey named Pumpkin

Well, George H. W. Bush on the 17th day of November 1989 came all out to declare the pardoning of turkeys. He said “let me assure you, and this fine tom turkey…he’s granted a presidential pardon as of right now.”

And true to Bush’s words, several lucky turkeys have received pardon every November at the hands of benevolent American presidents.

Wow, this is quite a story. It tells of the making of history by merely sharing and offering gifts. You too can make a good impression on your folks by sharing so much love with your family. And this you can do with www.vtpass.com. By logging on to www.vtpass.com, you can in three easy steps share airtime and data with anyone. Also, you can also share and pay those pending electricity bills, cable TV subscriptions and lots more with www.vtpass.com.

BLACK FRIDAY 2017: THE BUILD UP

It’s that time of the year when we are so all for a spending spree. It’s that time of the year that we can afford to buy those things that have been lounging in our minds for a very long time. Just a few days and it will be Black Friday. And are we all ecstatic? So, the popular mindset that trails every Black Friday is Buy more, pay less. And there is no contending with that at all. But then, you would want to know more about Black Friday 2017.

Also, get ready to have one of your wow Black Friday moment with VTpass. VTpass, as an online payment platform, is set to unlock a wealth of opportunities on Black Friday that promises to make you feel all the more merrier. Stay logged on to www.vtpass.com and continue to conveniently pay for your everyday bills. With www.vtpass.com, you can pay your electricity bills, cable tv subscriptions, airtime and data subscriptions.

But what does Black Friday connote and just when is Black Friday? Well, you are about to find out.

black fridayOne important event that precedes Black Friday is Thanksgiving day. Thanksgiving day is a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the previous year. It is a national holiday celebrated in the United States, Canada, Liberia and the Caribbean Islands. The set date is usually the fourth Thursday of November in the United States.

So, you can begin to imagine when Black Friday really is. Well, it is the Friday right after the Thursday of Thanksgiving. This means Black Friday falls on the last Friday of the month November. It varies between the days 23rd to 26th of every November. This year, Black Friday falls on the 24th of November.

WHY BLACK FRIDAY?

black fridaySo, the name Black Friday came about in a shopping context where it was used to describe the heavy and congestive traffic that always occurred on the day after Thanksgiving. The term was first used in 1961. And even till now, it is still being used. Black Friday is usually the busiest shopping day of the year. This is because people see it as the unofficial precedence to Christmas.  Again, Black Friday is usually a day off for employees. So, virtually all retailers in the country, big and small, offer various limited and cheap sales.

black fridayVTpass avails this opportunity to inform our customers of the numerous advantages giveaways that will be available on the 24th of November, Black Friday 2017. And what’s more, you do not even need to rush for a mad sale since you get to make very convenient sales online. More than this, you can always be sure to get good services and great convenience anytime you log on to www.vtpass.com. With wwww.vtpass.com, you can pay your electricity bills and DSTV, GOTV and STARTIMES subscriptions. You can also top up your MTN, GLO, AIRTEL, 9MOBILE airtime and data. So, every time you need to pay any of these bills, just visit www.vtpass.com because, with us, every day is Black Friday.