Like most countries, we in the USA have a harvest celebration. The theme is based upon a pot luck dinner held by our early settlers in New England, modeled after Thanksgiving in England.
I learned from my granddaughter that it wasn’t until 1863 that Thanksgiving became a national holiday. She told us that Sarah Josepha Hale, editor of Godey’s Lady’s Book in the mid-1800s thought that we should declare Thanksgiving a national holiday to be celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November. Ms. Hale had written letters to five presidents requesting this uniformity. Finally Abraham Lincoln agreed that it was worth doing.
This was not the only reason we should remember Ms. Hale. She was an author and poet and supported education for women. She also supported historic preservation and social issues (although she did not support women’s suffrage). Because her home state of New Hampshire believes she should have more recognition, the New Hampshire Historical Society sells a Bobblehead Doll in her likeness.
I will think of Sarah Josepha Hale as I give thanks this year. Thanksgiving has been celebrated at our farmhouse starting in the late 1970s when my daughter, then 12 years old, made the turkey.
I am thankful for:
- The turkey my daughter made years ago that helped to remind me that miniatures are for me.
- My family, that acts as if it is normal that I play with dolls.
- My growing base of like minded blog visitors who energize me and teach me so much.
So, enjoy this beautiful time of year, whatever way you celebrate!