Happy Thanksgiving

Dear Friends,

On Thursday, we will be surrounded by family and friends to enjoy some entertainment and turkey. As we all prepare to gather around and give thanks for all that we are blessed with in our lives, let us reflect on how we came to enjoy this holiday.

While most of us learned in elementary school that Thanksgiving was based on the celebration between pilgrims and their Native Americans allies after a bountiful harvest, the following history of this day may be less known. Though it was celebrated for decades, the Thanksgiving holiday didn’t become official until the Civil War when Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation nationalizing the holiday and scheduling Thanksgiving for the last Thursday in November.

Thanksgiving continued to be celebrated on that date until 1939 when Franklin D. Roosevelt attempted to move up the holiday by one week in order to increase retail sales during the Great Depression. This attempt came to be known as “Franksgiving” and, as you can imagine, it was met with extreme opposition. FDR eventually signed a bill returning Thanksgiving to the fourth Thursday in November of 1941.

Throughout the years the underlying spirit of family and comradery still remains. We still gather around with loved ones and give thanks for the many gifts afforded to us by our Creator. This year whether you’re watching the parade or just enjoying some quality time with friends and family I hope you all have plenty to be thankful for.

Safe travels and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Sincerely,
Supervisor Michelle Steel

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