So, like many other people. When I realized that Thanksgiving was NOT on the last Thursday of November this year I was outraged! Who dare move the date of Thanksgiving to a week early?! So I did what our generation does best… GOOGLE…. I learned a few things I did not know!
On October 3rd, 1863 President Lincoln issued a Thanksgiving Proclamation declaring the last Thursday in November Thanksgiving Day. Every president thereafter did the same and that’s when it became an annual holiday.
However, in 1939 the last Thursday of November was going to be November 30. Retailers complained to President Franklin D. Roosevelt that this only left 24 shopping days to Christmas and begged him to push Thanksgiving just one week earlier. They determined that most people do their Christmas shopping after Thanksgiving and retailers wanted to give shoppers an extra week of shopping so people would buy more.
So when FDR announced his Thanksgiving Proclamation in 1939, he declared the date of Thanksgiving to be Thursday, November 23, the second-to-last Thursday of the month. and therefore the fourth Thursday of the month.
Big business wins again!! LOL Although I wish I had known this before, because I’m usually the one gathering the family together and Thanksgiving Day usually finds me in the kitchen, I’m glad to have a huge family meal early this year !! :-)
HAPPY THANKSGIVING ALL !!