A Brief History of Thanksgiving

24 Nov

A Brief History of Thanksgiving

In 1789, Congress asked President George Washington to recommend to the nation a day of thanksgiving.  He later issued a proclamation naming Thursday, November 26, 1789 as a Day of Public Thanksgiving.  Other presidents issued several Thanksgiving Proclamations, but the dates and months varied.

In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln Proclaimed that Thanksgiving would be regularly celebrated each year on the last Thursday of November.  This worked well for 70 years.

In 1939, the last Thursday in November fell on the last day of the month, which caused concern for President Franklin D. Roosevelt because it shortened the  Christmas shopping season might dampen the economic recovery.  Therefore, he issued a Proclamation moving Thanksgiving to the second to last Thursday of November.  32 states issued similar proclamations while 16 states refused and kept Thanksgiving as the last Thursday in November, therefore for two years, Thanksgiving Day was celebrated on two separate days of the year.

In 1941, in order to end the confusion, Congress and the President established the official Thanksgiving holiday as the fourth Thursday in November.

Here’s what I had to eat today on this Thanksgiving Day:

1 Snackwell’s Protein Meal Bar

1.5 Servings of Grilled Turkey

1 Serving of Baked Turkey

½ Grapefruit

1 Fried Chicken Thigh

1 Serving of Green Beans

½ Serving of Ham

1 ½ Crescent Rolls

1 Green Salad with Tomatoes

½ Serving of Black Eyed Peas

½ Serving of Turnip Greens

1 Serving of Macaroni and Cheese

2 Miniscule Pieces of Pumpkin Pie

80 oz of water

Supplements I’ve taken today:           

1 Fish Oil Pill

1 Multi Vitamin


20 Squats

103 Minutes of Walking

10 Lunges

Disclaimer: http://www.archives.gov/legislative/features/thanksgiving/

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