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Did you know that Thanksgiving the National Holiday was created for one reason: to give the country an economic boost?

Posted on Nov 20, 2011 by in Active Rain | 0 comments

Did you know that Thanksgiving the National Holliday was created for one reason:  to give the country an economic boost?

The holiday has been attributed to the 1621 celebration at Plymouth, Massachusetts by most people. They claim that this was started, when they had a feast and thanksgiving was offered for a good harvest. Later the tradition continued. Interestingly  according to historical documents initially the Plymouth colony did not have enough food to feed half of the colonists, the Wampanoag native Americans helped the Pilgrims by providing seeds and teaching them to fish.

 Turkey by Tom Curtis from Free Digital

Of course as in everything now days there is controversy as to when the first Thanksgiving celebration was in the United States. Saint Augustine Florida claims the date of September 8, 1565, Plymouth, MA claims 1621, Commonwealth of Virginia claims 1607 and I could go on and on. If you have parents and grandparents who remember, ask them and you will be surprised to find out, that it was not until December 26, 1941 is  when the Thanksgiving Day  was changed to the fourth Thursday in November. The reason was to give the country an economic boost and making Thanksgiving a national holiday on the fourth Thursday in November.

Now with that said, I cannot understand for the life of me why many business particularly Grocery Stores, Retail Stores and other Department Stores ignore this major Holiday and start decorating for Christmas before the Thanksgiving Holiday. I would love to understand this, particularly in tough economic times the Grocery Stores and other Retail Stores could enjoy an the benefit of an economic boost. Especially when you look at the amount of food that is generally prepared on this Holiday.

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Source of the dinner image




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