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Letter: Enjoy your Thanksgiving Day

Ken Tipps re Thanksgiving message

Published on November 21, 2018 12:01AM

The American day of Thanksgiving has an interesting history. It began in 1621, when the Pilgrims celebrated a three-day feast with their Indian neighbors, giving thanks to God, who in his providential care had blessed them with food, shelter and survival in their new land.

In 1789, George Washington proclaimed a day of Thanksgiving. Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a special day of gratitude and praise following the Union victory at Gettysburg. Franklin Roosevelt issued a proclamation in 1939, changing the date of Thanksgiving from the fourth Thursday of November to the third Thursday.

That was during the Great Depression, and he hoped to stimulate the economy by adding more shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas. However, many refused to change, so America had two Thanksgiving Days for a time. Often the new one was called “Franksgiving,” and the traditional one “Thanksgiving.” Congress intervened in 1941 by officially designating the fourth Thursday of November as a federal holiday.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving Day, but remember God deserves our thanks each and every day. “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” (Psalm 107:1)

Ken Tipps

Astoria Church of Christ


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