How did it start? – We all know that Thanksgiving didn’t REALLY start with the pilgrims, but how DID it start?
The current version of Thanksgiving was created by a journalistic crusader, and would have been unrecognizable to the Pilgrims it supposedly honors. The holiday came about through fifty years of relentless promotion by Sarah Hale, editor of Godey?s Lady?s Book and Magazine (one of the first women’s publications). She promoted it in columns and stories in her magazine until President Abraham Lincoln finally made it a national holiday. In 1863 Lincoln declared that Thanksgiving would be celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November.