The tradition of Thanksgiving in the
The custom of observing a day of Thanksgiving spread throughout the colonies, but was celebrated on different dates.
In 1846 Sarah Josepha Hale, author of “Mary had a little lamb” and America’s first female magazine editor of a magazine called Godey’s Lady’s Book, began a campaign to have a national Thanksgiving Day for all Americans to give thanks on the same day, writing letters to the Nation’s Presidents. When the country became divided by Civil War she appealed to President Abraham Lincoln to finally establish a National Day of Thanksgiving. Understanding the potential to help heal the nation’s wounds, in 1863 he proclaimed Thanksgiving Day holiday on the last Thursday in November.
During the Twentieth Century Thanksgiving evolved into becoming the traditional start of the Christmas shopping season. This month long shopping extravaganza became crucial to American businesses and economy. So much so that in 1939 President Franklin Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving up by a week to extend the shopping season and boost the country’s languishing economy. Some states implemented the so called “Franksgiving” while others refused to change
Ever since Thanksgiving has been a favorite American tradition, a time for family and friends to come together to count our blessings by sharing an elaborate meal including turkey and pumpkin pie, to watch parades and football games and to get ready to begin the Christmas shopping.
Today in the
A complete text of the readings at: http://www.usccb.org/nab/112708b.shtml
The First Reading from the Book of Sirach from the third century Before the Christian Era in the
In the Second Reading Paul gives thanks to God on account of the Corinthians for the grace bestowed on them, and on us.
With God’s Love and Blessings,