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The Origin of New Year’s Day

The Origin of New Year’s Day

New Year’s Day hasn’t always been observed on January 1st. In fact, the early Roman calendar designated March 1st as the start of the new year. Instead of twelve months, the Roman calendar had just ten months, beginning in March. Therefore,...
Boxing Day

Boxing Day

Boxing Day is celebrated in many countries the day after Christmas. It’s not, as the name might suggest, a holiday that involves pugilistic competition. In fact, the exact origin of term Boxing Day is unknown. However, it likely developed in in...
The Origin of Christmas

The Origin of Christmas

Although some may believe that Christmas has its origin in Christianity, that assumption would be false. As it turns out, the origin of Christmas pre-dates Christianity and began as a pagan celebration. In fact, December 25th is a date on which a...
KL Gates

KL Gates

One of the attorneys that Thornhill Capital has had the pleasure of working with over the past decade has been Clay Parker from KL Gates. Clay is a securities partner out of the firm’s Miami office. I’ve worked with Clay on a number of...
Negotiating in Russia

Negotiating in Russia

My partner Dave Dodge and I have negotiated transactions in a great many countries. In those negotiations we’ve noticed that all foreign cultures have a particular negotiating style which sets them apart from negotiators in other countries. This...
The Origin of Halloween

The Origin of Halloween

Halloween had its origins in Europe. The celebration, and even the name itself, have evolved over time. The word “Halloween” is actually derived from the Scottish term All Hallows Eve, which is the evening before All Hallows Day, or All Saints...
European Fast Food

European Fast Food

It probably comes as no surprise that European’s have different eating and cooking habits than Americans. Stereotypically, Americans generally have a mental picture of Europeans taking long lunches capped with a cup of espresso. They feel that...
What’s in a Name?

What’s in a Name?

Not that long ago, I was in London and buying a coffee at a Starbucks. I still can’t quite get around to choosing tea over coffee. But as I was paying for my coffee in British pounds, I wondered why the British, and some other countries, use the...