Did you know that Thanksgiving Day became a holiday during the Civil War? According to Britannica, it was the editor of Godey’s Lady’s Book, Sarah Josepha Hale, who campaigned for a national Thanksgiving Day to promote unity. She eventually won the support of President Lincoln and on October 3, 1863, during the Civil War, Lincoln proclaimed a national day of thanksgiving to be celebrated on Thursday, November 26. All following presidents also declared it a national holiday. Turkey pardoning did not become an annual tradition until George H.W. Bush’s presidency in 1989.
The Owl is in favor of promoting unity and most of all the gathering of friends and family. Here’s wishing you all a wonderful week of laughter, inside jokes (in our family this includes rodents and meteors), and gratitude for all we have tangible and intangible.
See you on the flip side. Happy Thanksgiving!