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Thanksgiving holiday

On October 3, 1863, expressing gratitude for a pivotal Union Army victory at Gettysburg, President Abraham Lincoln announces that the nation will celebrate an official Thanksgiving holiday on November 26, 1863.


The speech, which was actually written by Secretary of State William Seward, declared that the fourth Thursday of every November thereafter would be considered an official U.S. holiday of Thanksgiving. This announcement harkened back to when George Washington was in his first term as the first president in 1789 and the young American nation had only a few years earlier emerged from the American Revolution. At that time, George Washington called for an official celebratory "day of public thanksgiving and prayer." While Congress overwhelmingly agreed to Washington’s suggestion, the holiday did not yet become an annual event.


Thomas Jefferson, the third president, felt that public demonstrations of piety to a higher power, like that celebrated at Thanksgiving, were inappropriate in a nation based in part on the separation of church and state. Subsequent presidents agreed with him. In fact, no official Thanksgiving proclamation was issued by any president between 1815 and the day Lincoln took the opportunity to thank the Union Army and God for a shift in the country’s fortunes on this day in 1863.


The fourth Thursday of November remained the annual day of Thanksgiving from 1863 until 1939. Then, at the tail-end of the Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, hoping to boost the economy by providing shoppers and merchants a few extra days to conduct business between the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, moved Thanksgiving to November’s third Thursday. In 1941, however, Roosevelt bowed to Congress’ insistence that the fourth Thursday of November be re-set permanently, without alteration, as the official Thanksgiving holiday.
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and then came the stretchy pants
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on thanksgiving I wear my dresspants that have that overlap on the sides with elastic strechy material built in so I can eat until i almost bust a weld...
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on thanksgiving I wear my dresspants that have that overlap on the sides with elastic strechy material built in so I can eat until i almost bust a weld...
I pull the trigger and go back for more...
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i HAVEN'T BEEN HOME FOR tHANKSGIVING IN A WHILE, SO A BUNCH OF US WILL GET TOGETHER AT SOMEONES HOUSE AND FEAST OUT. In '04 it was at my house. My girl and I did the cooking with help from my mom on the phone. Everything came out good. Since there was a bunch of drinkers in the house, we started the day off by playing quarters. Then we proceeded to kill two fifths of followed by a gallon of that we bought after the other two were down. There was only like 8-9 of of us too. Numerous Jager Bombs were consumed and ALL the food was destoyed by nights end. Good times.
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i HAVEN'T BEEN HOME FOR tHANKSGIVING IN A WHILE, SO A BUNCH OF US WILL GET TOGETHER AT SOMEONES HOUSE AND FEAST OUT. In '04 it was at my house. My girl and I did the cooking with help from my mom on the phone. Everything came out good. Since there was a bunch of drinkers in the house, we started the day off by playing quarters. Then we proceeded to kill two fifths of followed by a gallon of that we bought after the other two were down. There was only like 8-9 of of us too. Numerous Jager Bombs were consumed and ALL the food was destoyed by nights end. Good times.
And everyone woke up the next day... then...
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And everyone woke up the next day... then...
wE DIDN'T REALLY FEEL LIKE SH*T BECAUSE WE were eating the whole time pretty much.
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wE DIDN'T REALLY FEEL LIKE SH*T BECAUSE WE were eating the whole time pretty much.
I wasn't commenting on how you felt the next day... More like what came out the next day... Booze + all the fixins = Poopzirra...
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Thanksgiving! The official start of the fat season.

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i never knew hte part about thomas jefferson... that kinda takes away from his legacy in my mind....but thats a cool piece of history to just know for no good reason..lol
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Thanksgiving! The official start of the fat season.
No doubt... but you know what bugs me about thanksgiving... or the lack of...

That all the retailers aren't even done with halloween and they are already putting out christmas crap. It bugs me. Thanksgiving kinda gets over looked.




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not at the grocery!

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