- The woman that was instrumental in getting a national day of thanks, Sarah Hale, wrote letters to various politicians for 17 years before she was successful in convincing President Lincoln to issue a proclamation making the last Thursday of November a day of Thanksgiving. Oh yeah, she also wrote "Mary Had a Little Lamb".
- Before it was a national holiday, each president would annually issue their own Thanksgiving Proclamation
- When it was time for President Roosevelt to make his proclamation in 1939, the National Retail Dry Goods Association petitioned him to move Thanksgiving up by one week in order to extend the Christmas season. He did so and this caused quite a stir. Atlantic City's mayor is said to have derogatorily called Thanksgiving that year, "Franksgiving.". You can find a detailed and rather humorous account of how President Roosevelt changed Thanksgiving here.
- In 1941, Congress passed a law establishing the fourth Thursday in November as the Federal Thanksgiving Day holiday.
So does this mean that we have FDR to thank for Black Friday? By the way, since Thanksgiving is always such a fantastic, fabulous day of family, football, food and fun, I was thinking that we need to rename it to something that begins with an F so maybe we should take the Atlantic City mayor's advice and it call it Franksgiving. And speaking of one of the f's, football, I would like to wish the Stoughton football team much luck today. I would also like to give a shout out to one of my seniors, Joey, for being named Hockomock MVP of the Davenport Division. Couldn't have gone to a more deserving guy. By all accounts, he's a great competitor and teammate and he'll do just about whatever it takes to help his team. even if it means landing on his head to score a touchdown!