Monday, November 21, 2011

Thanksgiving Day History

In 1863, by the way, President Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday. He decided that Thanksgiving would take place on the last Thursday of November. 

In 1939 President Roosevelt proclaimed that Thanksgiving would be held on November
23th (instead of the 30th that year) as a way to spur economic growth and extend the Christmas shopping season during the last years of the Great Depression.

Thanks to that idea we now have "black Friday" with some stores opening just before midnight on Thursday. Good grief!

Happy Thanksgiving

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