Tomorrow is Thanksgiving (here in the United States, anyway), and at Constant Contact we sure do have a lot to be thankful for.

Speaking personally, I’m giving thanks for Twitter. Yes, Twitter. It’s the reason Ben & Jerry’s paid our Waltham office a visit back in August and gave us free ice cream, but more important than that is the fact that this social media network has allowed me to meet new people all around the world, to build relationships, to learn, to share, and so much more. I never thought I’d enjoy using Twitter as much as I do.

I asked the rest of the Constant Contact team what they’re thankful for this year, and suffice it to say, there was an outpouring of response. So here’s the first part of what people said …

“I am thankful for developing new friendships this year (and getting fit!) through triathlon training and participation.”
— Sarah Webber, Director, Custom Services

“I’m thankful for my son’s red hair. He is the spitting image of me much to chagrin of my wife, who has jet black hair.”
— Peter Hughes, Search Marketing Specialist

“I’m thankful for my many partners around New England, who help me put on amazing seminars and events.”
— Corissa St. Laurent, Regional Development Director, New England

“I’m thankful for joining the Constant Contact team this year and moving the family to Massachusetts. Hooray!”
— Dave Charest, Senior Content Developer

“I’m thankful that my mom is still with us after overcoming breast cancer. I’m also thankful for the opportunity to support the success of small businesses with what I do day after day.”
— Mariana St. Germain, Product Marketing Manager

“I’m thankful to be surrounded by people, both in my personal and professional life, who not only accept me but also support me for who I am. This has not always been the case, and I am truly grateful to be in this place.”
— Ellen DePasquale, Regional Development Director, New York Metro Northeast

“I am thankful for the ability to work at a great place and have fun while providing for my family!”
— Rick Edwards, Tier 2 and 3 Technical Support Manager

“I’m thankful for the smiles, hugs, laughs and kisses my children smother me with every day. And I’m thankful for the ability to remember the wonderful smiles, hugs, laughs and kisses when they are clinging to my legs crying and whining and nothing is working to calm them down.”
— Rebecca Grossman, Conversion Marketing Manager

“I’m thankful for the opportunity to partner with our RDDs and meet so many wonderful small businesses and nonprofits through their efforts! I would also like to thank Women Inspiring Women for all of their insightful input for our Event Marketing product.”
— Erik Mintz, Director, Event Marketing

“I am thankful for the new connections I have made in my role as an RDD. I thank all my attendees for their support and kind remarks.”
— Lanelle Henderson, Regional Development Director, Georgia

“I am thankful that every day at Constant Contact is casual Friday!”
— Sarah Hamilton, HR Shared Services Center Specialist

“I am thankful that at the age of 37, I still have three of my grandparents and one of my husband’s to appreciate and learn from in ways that would never have occurred to me as a child.”
— Rachel O’Connell, Director, Content

“I’m very thankful for my loving family, specifically my daughter and husband. Having them in my life has given me so many reasons to be a better person, and for that I am thankful.”
— Debbie Ballard, Business Development Manager

“I’m thankful for customers like Leslie Sturgeon of Women Inspiring Women, Dan Soskin of Pinot Boutique, and Collette Morgan of Wild Rumpus Books, and the trust they’ve put in us to help them manage their events.”
— Christopher M. Litster, Vice President & General Manager, Event Marketing Business Unit

“I am so thankful that I have the honor and privilege to help small businesses and nonprofits thrive and succeed. If I can help them, then I feel satisfaction personally and professionally.”
— Shannon Murphy, Interaction Designer, User Experience

“I am thankful for the many nonprofits out there that are doing such amazing work every day to sustain our communities and their people. I’m also thankful for peanut butter, Amos Lee, Sunday afternoons, orange Goody’s powder, the Muppets, Diet Coke,, Chandon Champagne, and my coworkers (not necessarily in that order).”
Anissa Freeman Starnes, Regional Development Director, the Carolinas

“I am thankful that I have the opportunity to help small business owners achieve their dreams.”
Jonathan Mandell, Product Manager, Analytics

“I’m thankful for the past year I got to spend with my friends and family.”
— Katharine Farrell, Distance Learning Specialist

“I am forever grateful for my wife, because she’s amazing, smart, and I love her. She’s supported me in so many ways, like helping with my decision to go back to school to finish my degree and having such a great family that’s contributed so much to me over the last 15 years. My life is very rich because of her.”
— Patrick Keating, Inbound Sales

“I am extremely thankful for my family, first and foremost! I am blessed to have the most amazing girlfriend, whom I plan to be engaged with very soon thankful for that. And this wonderful new job opportunity, this is a great company and I look forward to my future here.”
— Kevin Larmon, Customer Support Specialist

“I am thankful for every day that God gives me life! I wake up every morning in good health and that is important. I am thankful for the ability to learn things in a quick pace, and the ability to make sure that our customers learn the things I learn everyday!”
— Denise Tirado, Customer Support Specialist

“I am thankful to work in an office where it is accepted nay expected that people dress up as the Kardashians, characters from Gilligan’s Island, and Charlie Brown on October 31. And I am thankful to live in a time where we can travel from Boston to Munich in eight hours and not think twice about it! Congratulations, Wright Brothers, for figuring out the physics of how to launch thousands of tons of metal into the air, flying above the clouds, and landing safely on the other side of the world in less than one day. Incredible.”
— Sarah Barone, Acquisition Marketing Manager

“I am thankful to be a Green Bay Packers fan! GO PACK GO!”
— Julie A. Steinke, Communication Consultant

“I joined Constant Contact in February. In my former life, I worked restaurant hours and therefore spent nights and weekends away from my wife and kids. In the last eight or nine months, I have been thankful to have more time with them (but don’t tell my wife, I don’t want her to get a big head).”
— Chris Jacobson, Concierge Team

“I am thankful for the balance I have in my life:

  • I have a wonderful husband and family
  • I work with a great group of people to help another group of great people (small businesses) to become more successful
  • I have a fitness instructor, who is another small business owner, who keeps me full of energy, motivated and strong
  • My friends are terrific!
  • Northern Colorado is an awesome place to live. It is beautiful and there are SO many things to do.”

— Amy Gregory, Sales Manager, Direct Sales

“I’m in San Francisco now but I’m a native New Yorker. I was living and working downtown in New York City on 9/11 and the toxic cloud settled over my neighborhood for weeks, ruining my lungs. For the past 10 years I’ve been in and out of hospitals, constantly ill, and on a cocktail of meds to keep my lungs going. Last month, the attending physician of my pulmonary team told me, ‘We finally know how to treat you effectively.’ For the first time in years, I feel energetic and hopeful about a healthy future. That’s quite a bit to be thankful for.”
— Rebecca Gardner, Senior Software Engineer, NutshellMail

“I am thankful that I have a job when so many that I know do not. I am thankful that I work for a company that cares about others: small businesses and charities, to name a few. I am glad that I can celebrate Thanksgiving freely and with my family and friends in a country, with all its flaws, is still a free country filled with great people.”
Roberta Messuri, Designer

“I am thankful for my mother-in-law and husband, who helped me fight a horrible infection that could have killed me. It’s been one year from surgery and medication, and I am healthy once again. I couldn’t ask for a better support team!”
— Sarah Woodruff, Concierge Specialist

“I am thankful for the love of my family and friends, the wet kisses from my two awesome dogs, the freedom that we enjoy here in the U.S., and most definitely the Beer Cart on Fridays. Does it get any better than this ??!!”
— Sheila Green, Communications Consultant

“I am thankful that I can be part of a company that puts our customers first. We help build their success through our wonderful coaching and customer support. We have amazing products, and now we can help our customers with their social media marketing! What an exciting time to be a part of this company!”
— Jamie Self, Team Leader, Direct Sales

“I am thankful and blessed to have a job to come to at a company that is the greatest to work for. It’s extremely hard for many in today’s economy, and to not only have a job, but a job I love is something to be thankful for. That, of course, comes second to being thankful for my family and friends.”
— Debi Retterath, Customer Success Specialist

Check back later to learn what else our team is thankful for this year. In the meantime, what are you giving thanks for? We invite you to share your thoughts with us in the comments below.