By - November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

Rush Limbaugh annually covers the true beginnings of the idea for Thanksgiving.  A couple of years I wrote this post to explain how Thanksgiving became a national holiday.  The reason’s are so profound that I will make this an annual post.  With just a few edits, here is the history behind the making of this wonderful holiday.

On this Thanksgiving, like many more previously I have so much to be thankful for, my family and my job, but I also want to thank you the Red State Report readers.  You have made this site a successful site, more than either I or my Red State Report colleagues would have imaged.  Thank You.

The history of the pilgrims and Thanksgiving is well covered by Rush Limbaugh , and we are well aware that George Washington wrote of setting aside a day to give thanks for the blessing from God, but how did it become a National Holiday?

Of course the holiday started with the Pilgrims and George Washington, but it took a devoted and well educated woman to push the idea of a National Holiday to give thanks.    Sarah Josepha Buell Hale was that lady.

Thanksgiving had previously been celebrated only in New England.  Each state scheduled its own holiday, some as early as October and others as late as January; it was largely unknown in the American South. Hale’s advocacy for the national holiday began in 1846 and lasted 17 years before it was successful. In support of the proposed national holiday, she wrote letters to five Presidents of the United States — Zachary Taylor, Millard Filmore, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, and Abraham Lincoln. Her initial letters failed to persuade, but the letter she wrote to Lincoln did convince him to support legislation establishing a national holiday of Thanksgiving in 1863.

Sarah Hale’s request came at a pivotal point in Lincoln’s life. During the first week of July of that year, the Battle of Gettysburg occurred, resulting in the loss of some 60,000 American lives. Four months later in November, Lincoln delivered his famous “Gettsysburg Address.”  It was while Lincoln was walking among the thousands of graves there at Gettysburg that he committed his life to Christ. As he explained to a friend:

When I left Springfield [to assume the Presidency] I asked the people to pray for me. I was not a Christian.  When I buried my son, the severest trial of my life, I was not a Christian.  But when I went to Gettysburg and saw the graves of thousands of our soldiers, I then and there consecrated myself to Christ.

The new national holiday was considered a unifying day after the stress of the American Civil War. Prior to the addition of Thanksgiving, the only national holidays celebrated in the United States were Washington’s Birthday and Independence Day.

Fast forward to today and we have a wonderful holiday filled with family, friends and a lot of football.

This must bother the left to no end, knowing that Thanksgiving is all about thanking God for the blessing he has bestowed on us throughout the year.  If it makes the left feel better they are welcome to go hug a tree and worship mother earth, but they are still missing the TRUE meaning.


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  1. thanks for it, gonna try this

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