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Let's all sayThank you to Sarah Josepha Hale...

Posted 11-16-2011 at 02:17 PM by lauriebear

Sarah Josepha Hale, the enormously influential magazine editor and author who waged a tireless campaign to make Thanksgiving a national holiday in the mid-19th century, was also the author of the classic nursery rhyme "Mary Had a Little Lamb."

Here is the letter she sent to President Abraham Lincoln...

From Sarah J. Hale to Abraham Lincoln, September 28, 1863
Philadelphia, Sept. 28th 1863.
Sir.
Permit me, as Editress of the "Lady's Book", to request a few minutes of your precious time, while laying before you a subject of deep interest to myself and -- as I trust -- even to the President of our Republic, of some importance. This subject is to have the day of our annual Thanksgiving made a National and fixed Union Festival.
You may have observed that, for some years past, there has been an increasing interest felt in our land to have the Thanksgiving held on the same day, in all the States; it now needs National recognition...
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Fixing the date of the holiday; Thanksgiving Day

Posted 11-15-2011 at 02:45 PM by lauriebear

Thanksgiving in the United States was observed on various dates throughout history. The dates of Thanksgiving in the era of the Founding Fathers until the time of Lincoln had been decided by each state on various dates. The first Thanksgiving celebrated on the same date by all states was in 1863 by presidential proclamation. The final Thursday in November had become the customary date of Thanksgiving in most U.S. states by the beginning of the 20th century. And so, in an effort by President Abraham Lincoln (influenced by the campaigning of author Sara Josepha Hale) to foster a sense of American unity between the Northern and Southern states, proclaimed the date to be the final Thursday in November.
It was not until December 26, 1941, that the unified date changed to the fourth Thursday (and not always final) in November -this time by federal legislation. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, after two years earlier offering his own proclamation to move the date earlier, with the reason...
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Thanksgiving Day Facts, History

Posted 11-14-2011 at 02:37 PM by lauriebear

The popular story is that the Plymouth Rock was the site of the original colony of the pilgrims. Contrary to this belief, however, Plymouth Rock was not the site of their original colony. The fact about the history of thanksgiving is that when the Pilgrims landed on the Plymouth Rock on December 11, 1620 in search of fresh provisions, they were greeted with hostility by the natives in the immediate vicinity and put back out to sea almost at once.

Then a little further south, the pilgrims came across Cape Cod, which was much more favorable anchorage as compared to the Plymouth Rock. And the positive thing about Cape Cod was that here the native population was more cordial in nature. Weary from their voyage and in no mood to hunt down the site mandated by their charter, which was considerably further down the coast and somewhere within the limits of the original grant of the Virginia Company of Plymouth, the Pilgrims decided to establish their colony within this friendly territory.
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The Spirit of Christmas

Posted 11-13-2011 at 12:51 PM by xmas365 (Christmas, Life, and Family)

Christmas is the time of year
For being with the one's we love
Sharing so much joy and cheer
What a wonderful feelin
Watching the one's we love
Having so much fun

I was sittin by the fire side
Taking a walk through the snow
Listening to a children's choir
Singing songs about Jesus
The blessed way that he came to us
Why can't it remain
All through the year
Each day the same
Heyeah, that's what I wanna hear
Heh heh
It's truly amazin
That spirit of Christmas

All the kin folk gather round
The lovely Christmas tree
Hearts are glowing full of joy
Sense the gifts that we're giving
And the love that we're living
Why can't it remain
Ohhh all through the year
Each day the same
Heyeah, that's what I wanna hear
I'll tell ya
It's truly amazin
That spirit of Christmas

Let...
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Like Peas and Carrots and Whiskers on Kittens

Posted 11-13-2011 at 11:05 AM by Jeff Westover (A Merry Blog)

I don't know why it is bothering me so much this year. And as I reflect on it, I'm probably the only person in the world who notices this problem. But it is getting to me to read so much in the media about how sick people are of the "early" Christmas. It is just non-stop this year. The whining just goes on and on about how Christmas has taken over Thanksgiving.

Why does it have to be either one or the other?

I've never looked at Thanksgiving separate from Christmas. At the same time, I've never looked at it separate from Halloweeen. They are all part of the same -- the season. They go together like peas and carrots.

As I was working on the Thanksgiving podcast last night I found myself in tears over parts because in my most personal spots Thanksgiving is a time of great sacred significance to me.

I think it is because I've become a weepy old man in these years where my children spread their adult wings and turn my hair gray....
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