FOX19 - We think of Thanksgiving as a time to get together with our family, give thanks, and eat way too much.
President Abraham Lincoln set the stage for Thanksgiving as we know it.
At one time, states scheduled their own Thanksgiving celebrations. President Lincoln received a letter from a Sarah Hale, a 74-year-old magazine editor. She asked the President to consider making Thanksgiving a national holiday. Hale said she's been advocating the change for 15 years.
President Lincoln agreed and set apart the last Thursday of November as a day of Thanksgiving and praise in 1863.
"The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies," Lincoln said in his proclamation of Thanksgiving. "To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of almighty God."
From all of us here at FOX19 Now, we wish you and your family a safe and happy Thanksgiving.