Friday, November 5, 2010
Turkey Day - Postcard Friendship Friday #36
Isn't this just the cutest postcard? I think that child should be a little scared --That bird is bigger than he is! One gets the idea the boy is dreaming about something...maybe Thanksgiving dinner?
Did you know President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving as an official holiday in the United States on October 3, 1863? It is another great reason Lincoln is one of my favorite presidents! Sarah Hale, editor of Godey's Lady's Magazine lobbied for 17 years to declare Thanksgiving as a national holiday. By 1916, Thanksgiving was referred to in writings as Turkey Day--And I thought that was a modern title!
Did you know President Franklin D. Roosevelt actually attempted to move the Thanksgiving to earlier in November? As a depression recovery strategy, he thought the change would encourage a longer Christmas shopping season. But the idea didn't fly and was shut down by Congress. In 1941 the official date was declared permanently as the fourth Thursday in November.
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