Here we go with a short series on things you may not have known about the American holiday of Thanksgiving!
Did you know...
- Though many competing claims exist, the most familiar story of the first Thanksgiving took place in Plymouth Colony, in present-day Massachusetts, in 1621.
- More than 200 years later, President Abraham Lincoln declared the final Thursday in November as a national day of thanksgiving.
- Congress finally made Thanksgiving Day an official national holiday in 1941.
- Sarah Josepha Hale petitioned for a national Thanksgiving holiday for close to 40 years, believing that "Thanksgiving, like the Fourth of July, should be considered a national festival and observed by all our people."
- Sarah Josepha Hale, was an enormously influential magazine editor and author who was also the author of the classic nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”
- In 2001, the U.S. Postal Service issued a commemorative Thanksgiving stamp. Designed by the artist Margaret Cusack in a style resembling traditional folk-art needlework, it depicted a cornucopia overflowing with fruits and vegetables, under the phrase “We Give Thanks.”
Interesting stuff huh?
Remember, keep stopping by for more interesting, fun Thanksgiving facts!
Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday!
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