November - 1621 - Yes, that is correct, it was 395 years ago when the Plymouth colonists and Wampanog Indians shared an autumn harvest feast acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of Thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It was not until 1863 that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be celebrated each November.
Thanksgiving is a particularly American holiday evoking images of football, family reunions, roasted turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie and of course our forefathers the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians who began the celebration of harvest way back then.
The last Thursday of November was the proclaimed holiday celebration and was so declared yearly, never was the holiday a fixed event. Neither Lincoln nor his successors chose to make this a fixed annual date. In a controversial move in 1939, Franklin Delano Roosevelt lengthened the Christmas shopping season by declaring Thanksgiving the next-to-the-last Thursday in November.
In 1941, the United States Congress responded by permanently establishing the holiday as the fourth Thursday of the month, the date we now use to celebrate the holiday.
Have a wonderful, and safe Thanksgiving - best wishes to all from Ron and Debbie Albert, BEX Realty Treasure Coast - Serving Home buyers & sellers since 2002 - Make The Most of Your Move.