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Posted: November 23, 2010 1:18 p.m.
Updated: November 24, 2010 5:00 a.m.

Two Thanksgivings

On November 23, 1939, Franklin D. Roosevelt wished Americans across the country a Happy Thanksgiving.  But many Americans waited a week, and celebrated on November 30. 

As Roosevelt came into office, the holiday was not fixed. The president set that date each year. Store owners wanted to have the holiday earlier. They hoped people would spend more for Christmas. Christmas shopping was not done until after Thanksgiving.  (What ever happened to that tradition!)

Changing the date of Thanksgiving seemed harmless, but it rocked the boat! Thousands of letters poured into the White House. Calendars had already been printed. They were out of date for the next two years. Thanksgiving Day football games had already been set.

Many Americans believed that the Pilgrims chose the last Thursday in November to be Thanksgiving.  That is not the case. President Lincoln set a November thanksgiving date in 1863. In 1941, Congress set Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November every year. And so it has been ever since!

Word List: Franklin D. Roosevelt,  celebrated,  holiday.


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