Giving Thanks on Thankgiving

By M.J. Natali

Sarah Josepha Hale is best known for her book, “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” But, did you know this American writer and editor is also behind the campaign to set the Thanksgiving Holiday as a set annual day? It’s true. The day of Thanksgiving was dying out.

If every state would join in the Union Thanksgiving on the 24th of this month, would it not be a renewed pledge of love and loyalty to the Constitution of the United States? – Sarah Josepha Hale

Her hard efforts in writing letters to politicians succeeded, and in 1863, Abraham Lincoln signed a decree stating the third Thursday in November is to be a national holiday of Thanksgiving. Football and Parades didn’t become a part of this day’s tradition until the early 1920’s by the Detroit Lions and Macy’s.

For later generations of Puritans, Thanksgiving was a day of fasting, prayer and giving thanks to God

-The history Channel

Back in 1621, the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians feasted for three days after the Pilgrims first successful harvest. They ate goose and lobster, not turkey. Today, we have one day of feasting and practically fast for two days from all the food we ate.

While Sarah and President Lincoln understood the benefit of an annual day of thanks, we should be thankful every day.

Every day we have something to be thankful for, and every day we should give thanks.

This Thanksgiving, take a moment to think about every little thing you are grateful for, and imagine your life without them.

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