30 Days of Thanksgiving: Day 26

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"Gratitude turns what we have into enough."

Today I am thankful for Thanksgiving Day.  Although I am grateful every day, I love that we have a specific day of celebration.  It originated as a way to celebrate the end of the harvest season and has evolved into something much more.

Did you know the woman who wrote the children's poem "Mary Had a Little Lamb" is the one who inspired President Abraham Lincoln to proclaim the first national Thanksgiving celebration in 1863? 

Of course, it wasn't the children's poem that inspired the proclamation.  It was a series of editorials and articles written by Sarah Josepha Hale that sealed her place in history as the Mother of Thanksgiving. 

According to an article on History.com:
"The New Hampshire-born Hale had grown up regularly celebrating an annual Thanksgiving holiday, and in 1827 published a novel, Northwood: A Tale of New England, that included an entire chapter about the fall tradition, already popular in parts of the nation. While at Godey’s, Hale often wrote editorials and articles about the holiday and she lobbied state and federal officials to pass legislation creating a fixed, national day of thanks on the last Thursday of November. She believed that such a unifying measure could help ease growing tensions and divisions between the northern and southern parts of the country. Her efforts paid off: By 1854, more than 30 states and U.S. territories had a Thanksgiving celebration on the books, but Hale’s vision of a national holiday remained unfulfilled." 

I wish all of you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving Day!

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Comments (34)

Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Brian England 
I keep wondering why I order more stuff when I have enough.  LOL  I just had a new countertop oven delivered yesterday... mainly because it air frys and I've hear such good things about air frying.  It does so much more, though. I just hope I'm smart enough to figure out how to use it.  LOL

Nov 26, 2020 09:46 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Nina Hollander 
It's interesting to travel the world (and live around the world as you have) to learn about their different traditions.  I think world travels is critical to an appreciation of what we do have here in the U.S.

Nov 26, 2020 09:48 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Thank you Roy Kelley 
I hope you and Delores enjoy this special day.

Nov 26, 2020 09:49 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

I will look forward to your post, James Dray .  She was an interesting active woman. One of the pioneers in causes for women.

Nov 26, 2020 09:50 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Carol,

Thank you for sharing the Josepha Hale story, I had no idea...Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving Day.  A

Nov 26, 2020 09:50 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS 
And, thank YOU for your daily inspirations.  It's a great way to start each day.

Nov 26, 2020 09:51 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD and Bernie.
Spending time with Connie is such a small thing but a big deal to her. It's amazing how little things can be so big when the world is in such chaos.

Enjoy this special day together.

Nov 26, 2020 09:52 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Good morning Ron and Alexandra Seigel 
I hope you both enjoy this very special day together. We all have so much to be thankful for in spite of circumstances, don't we? 

Nov 26, 2020 09:53 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Happy Thanksgiving Carol!  I love this post!  Thanks for sharing the history of how Thanksgiving began.  I had no idea.  Enjoy this beautiful day!

Nov 26, 2020 11:07 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker 
It is a lovely day to be thankful for everything.  Have an awesome day!

Nov 26, 2020 11:21 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Happy Thanksgiving, Carol! I hope you are enjoying an especially blessed day!

Nov 26, 2020 03:31 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Thank you, Myrl Jeffcoat 
I enjoyed a nice meal with my sister in law at her assisted care facility. Room service (the Covid kind) brought a nice lunch, dessert, and wine!  Connie was very happy to have company for her meal.  I hope you enjoyed some delightful leftovers from yesterday's extravaganza!  You're a wonder.

Nov 26, 2020 05:23 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I’m glad we are all well acquainted with why we are happy and well we have to be thankful for. :)

Nov 26, 2020 08:57 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

How interesting. I wasn't aware of the inspiration for the day.

I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful and your weekend is as well!

Nov 27, 2020 05:16 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Carol Williams - I hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving.  I did not know that history but we have seen Mary's Schoolhouse in South Sudbury Massachusetts.

Nov 27, 2020 05:20 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Laura Cerrano 
It doesn't take much thinking to come up with lots of reasons to be grateful, does it?  Thanks for stopping by to read my blog post.

Nov 27, 2020 05:26 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

I did have a nice day, thank you Grant Schneider .  I trust you did too.

Now to recover from our food coma, right?

Nov 27, 2020 05:27 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Kat Palmiotti 
Yes, I had a nice day. Spent a few hours with my SIL at her assisted living apartment. We had a nice meal and a good visit.  She enjoyed being able to share a meal with someone.

Nov 27, 2020 06:23 AM
Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH
CRS

Great information! Thanks for sharing!

Thanksgiving originated as a way to celebrate the end of the harvest season and has evolved into something much more. Did you know the woman who wrote the children's poem "Mary Had a Little Lamb" is the one who inspired President Abraham Lincoln to proclaim the first national Thanksgiving celebration in 1863? 

 

Nov 27, 2020 07:11 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Carol- I had no idea about Thanksgiving and its origins. And now I want to read Northwood: a Tale of New England. That was sweet of you to spend your Thanksgiving dinner with your sister-in-law. 

Nov 27, 2020 12:11 PM