Our Team Shares Their Thanksgiving Traditions

The beauty of Thanksgiving is that everyone celebrates it a bit differently! Here at exaqueo, we understand that just like each of our client’s employees, every one of our employees is unique. Each one of us has different experiences, comes from a different background, and therefore will each have unique Thanksgiving traditions. We asked each of our team members to share a bit about why they love this holiday and how they celebrate it. Here are just some of team exaqueo’s favorite Thanksgiving traditions. 

Post Thanksgiving meal nap on the couch.” 

Tom Whittam, Associate Employer Brand Strategist

“Watching the Macy's parade, the National Dog Show, and having some pumpkin pie, mmm!”

Jackie Wollett, Employer Brand Strategist

“My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is getting to eat the combination of different foods, especially an old fashioned green bean casserole! It's the one time each year we get to taste all these delicious comfort foods!” 

Lexi Gordon, Chief Client Officer 

“Every year we have a Family Oyster Roast in the backyard.”

Adrienne Betenbaugh, Director of Growth and Marketing

“My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is all the prep the night before. My family always hosted Thanksgiving lunch, so Wednesday night was always fun, chaotic, making pies, cleaning, last minute trips to the grocery store, and a lot of togetherness trying to pull everything into place. As a kid I kind of dreaded it, but as an adult, I cherish those memories and look forward to creating that with my family.”

Alyssa Bani, Senior Employer Brand Strategist

"A game of touch football with my family in the backyard.” 

Jordan Dunlap, Growth and Marketing Coordinator

“My Thanksgiving tradition is putting up the Christmas tree, and playing Christmas music at midnight. We always said you had to wait until after Thanksgiving to decorate.” 

Jazmyn Mijuskovic, Associate Employer Brand Strategist

We love watching the National Dog Show and see who wins Best in Show!!” 

Emily Fritz, Senior Employer Brand Strategist

Going Black Friday shopping with my mom and my sister.” 

Jennifer Wienke, Director of Business Operations

“We don't typically make a turkey. Instead, my mom makes chicken and noodles that are to die for! We always substitute this as our main course. This year, I'm making it for the first time on my own. I’m nervous because nothing is as good as mom's, but I received a pat on the back, and now have confidence going into the Thanksgiving holiday.” 

Shanah Gaskill, Employer Brand Strategist

“I make this every year!” 

Susan LaMotte, founder and CEO of exaqueo

Susan’s Sweet Potato Casserole: 

Fun fact: Susan won The Ritz-Carlton Thanksgiving Potluck recipe contest with this recipe!

3 c. peeled, boiled sweet potatoes (5-6)

2 eggs, beaten

1 c. sugar

1/2 tsp. salt

1-1/2 stick of margarine or butter

1 tbsp. vanilla

1/2 c. milk

1 c. brown sugar

1 c. chopped nuts

1/2 c. flour


  • Boil potatoes until they crumble with a fork. Drain.
  • Cream sugar, 1/2 stick of softened margarine or butter and eggs.
  • Add salt, potatoes, milk and vanilla. Beat until mixed and pour into baking dish.
  • Dice the remaining stick of butter or margarine and mix lightly with the flour so butter stays in small cubes. Add the brown sugar and nuts. Sprinkle the entire mixture on top of sweet potatoes.
  • Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes.

Click here for three more delicious Thanksgiving recipes from our incredibly thankful team. 

Help Provide Meals this Thanksgiving

During the holiday season, we hope you'll join exaqueo in donating to your local food bank to help feed hungry families in your community. 

We wish a safe and happy holiday to all our friends and clients in the United States!

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