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A “Day of Publick Thanksgivin”

According to the National Archives, George Washington, at the recommendation of the first Congress, declared November 26, 1789 a “Day of Publick Thanksgivin.”  Many successive presidents recognized Thanksgiving, but it was in 1941, under the auspices of Franklin Roosevelt, that it became an official holiday.  There was some dispute about the exact date (it started as the last Thursday in November, then the language was changed to the fourth Thursday), but the end result is that we spend the end of each November pondering all the wonderful things in our lives.  Of course, we also eat turkey, do volunteer work, watch sports, and shop like crazy, as the Bureau of Labor Statistics is quick to remind us. 

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, doing what ever you find most fun and relaxing, and we look forward to seeing you back on Monday.


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