Happy Thanksgiving! Although we are all familiar with this American holiday tradition occurring on the last Thursday of November, this was not always the case.

The first celebration of Thanksgiving with settlers occurred in 1621. Since then, it was celebrated sporadically, until George Washington declared November 26th a national day of Thanksgiving in 1789.

The holiday still wasn’t an annual tradition until Abraham Lincoln declared it one in 1863, saying it would always be the last Thursday in November. He had been looking for a way to unite the nation during the Civil War, and had been given the idea of Thanksgiving by Sarah Josepha Hale. Hale was the author of “Mary Had A Little Lamb.”

In 1939, Franklin D Roosevelt was swayed by the fears of businesses that a particularly late Thanksgiving would shorten the Christmas spending season. FDR declared Thanksgiving would be a week earlier, but only 23 states followed him. 23 states celebrated on the original date, because of school vacations, football games, and more events that would be difficult to reschedule. Two states celebrated both days. The country was split again in 1940, so in 1941 Congress passed a law that upheld Lincoln’s original date.

We hope you had a wonderful day with your loved ones, and are already looking forward to the last Thursday of November next year!Thanksgiving