History Buffs & Thanksgiving

As you settle in to celebrating Thanksgiving…

Did you know that once upon a time Thanksgiving was canceled on the last Thursday of the month? And that it took Congress to pass a law that placed it on the last Thursday of the month to keep it that way?

Known as “Franksgiving”, Thanksgiving was pushed ahead a week earlier.

By this very popular president…

Who moved Thanksgiving ahead one week not once but twice.

For this reason (hint to both: something to do with the Great Depression)…

And with this headline consequence in the New York Times:

Politics Tints Views On Thanksgiving Date

Also a “treat”, a listing of Presidential Thanksgiving Proclamations by 20 U.S. Presidents along with their pictures. A rare classic!

One of my favorites — comes as no surprise — by JFK (October 27, 1961):

We are grateful for the blessings of faith and health and strength and for the imperishable spiritual gifts of love and hope. We give thanks, too, for our freedom as a nation; for the strength of our arms and the faith of our friends; for the beliefs and confidence we share; for our determination to stand firmly for what we believe to be right and to resist mightily what we believe to be base; and for the heritage of liberty bequeathed by our ancestors which we are privileged to preserve for our children and our children’s children. 

How appropriate this message rings today, 52 years later.

So, read on as you chomp away…and enjoy!




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