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Thanksgiving

November 13, 2012
By Chyannne Miles of Thomas Nelson HS



Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a holiday celebrated mostly by America and Canada. It is a time when families come together and eat a special meal, and give thanks for everything that they have instead of complaining about what they don’t. The first Thanksgiving was in 1621 when the Plymouth pilgrims and the Native Americans had a huge feast that lasted three days to celebrate the good harvest. However, Thanksgiving was not made an official holiday until many years later. When the people had exceptionally good fortune they would celebrate it but it was never constant that is until Sarah Josepha Hale came along. She continued to fight for reasons why Thanksgiving should be a holiday celebrated by everyone even though they continued to reject the idea. Finally after a 40-year long campaign her determination and hard work paid off. President Lincoln in 1863 proclaimed that the last Thursday in November would be a National Holiday called Thanksgiving. The date was changed a few times especially by Roosevelt but always returned to its original date set up by Lincoln. Finally in 1941, Thanksgiving was made a legal holiday by Congress as the fourth Thursday in November. If you want to know more about how Thanksgiving begain check out the website below.

 

http://wilstar.com/holidays/thankstr.htm

 


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