We celebrate Thanksgiving each year on the fourth Thursday of November. Did you ever wonder why?
Early Puritans would celebrate after the harvest, and used the day as a day of prayers and thanks for the bountiful harvest. In 1621 the first celebration was held with the Wampanoag Indians and the Pilgrims after that year’s harvest was in.
Annually after that, each colony would have a day of thanks in the fall after the harvest. But it wasn’t until Sarah Josepha Hale, the author of Mary Had a Little Lamb and the first magazine editor, petitioned the government for a national day of thanks to unite our worn torn country. In 1863 President Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a National Holiday.
During the 20th century we began the tradition of starting the Christmas shopping season off right after the holiday. It was President Hoover who moved the holiday up one week to extend the shopping season and help the economy. “Franksgiving” as some referred to it, was officially made the fourth Thursday in November as of 1941. And now today, Black Friday sales start as early as on Thanksgiving right at dinnertime. We have come a long way from a day of prayer and thanks for our food, to a day of sales and football.
Window Accents By Kim Lyon would like to take a moment to reflect and be thankful for our year in the traditional sense. We have been very blessed to have met and gotten to know a lot of new customers this year as well as reconnect with some existing ones.
Life is full of and about the people in our lives. We thank the many people in our lives today and everyday for the many blessings they bring. Here are some photos of some of our customers, friends, and associates that help us continue to do what we do everyday:
Thank you customers, vendors, co-workers, network members, friends, and family for being a part of our world in 2014! We hope you enjoy a very Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving Holiday!
Opening photo credit – Huffington Post