"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!