How Thanksgiving Came To Be
Thanksgiving is on November, 27 this year!
When we think about Thanksgiving, certain “things” come to mind- pilgrims, cornucopia, pumpkin pie, turkey, dressing, and most of all giving thanks. We celebrate Thanksgiving as a day to give praise to our higher power for all we have in life, as well as a day to spend surrounding ourselves with love and family.
Did you know- The pilgrims never actually celebrated Thanksgiving? They called it “Forefather’s Day” and celebrated that in late December. Several American presidents recognized the day but only had one-time celebrations in the White House. Thanksgiving Day did not actually come to be a true holiday until President Abraham Lincoln finally made it nationally recognized in 1863 with his “Thanksgiving Proclamation.” This holiday did not come easily though, for some. Mrs. Sarah Jacob Hale, began lobbying for this day in 1827. Thank you Mrs. Hale and Mr. President Lincoln for the recognition of Thanksgiving becoming a national celebration. How about Thanksgiving today? Why do we celebrate our thanks on the fourth Thursday of November? President Franklin D. Roosevelt changed the designation to this day in 1939, but it was not approved by congress until 1941.
Edward Winslow writes about Thanksgiving in a letter dated December 12, 1621. This is one of two accounts of this holiday being celebrated. You can read how he depicts the holiday in chapter 6 of “Mourt’s Relation: A Journal of Pilgrims at Plymouth.”
The CHRIS WYLIE TEAM would like to give thanks year around for your friends, family and clients! We are so thankful to serve the Houston, TX are in Real Estate! Thank you!
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