Thanksgiving Part 2

Hancock International College’s Families are coming together for this celebration of life and gratitude for the blessings they have received. We’re also not surprised with all the love surrounding this gathering that many of our ESL students have celebrated Thanksgiving before. So after its tragic beginning, Thanksgiving still had a ways to go before becoming the holiday it is now.

Britannica.com says, “…The New England colonists were accustomed to regularly celebrating ‘Thanksgivings,’ days of prayer thanking God for blessings such as military victory or the end of a drought. The U.S. Continental Congress proclaimed a national Thanksgiving upon the enactment of the Constitution, for example. Yet, after 1798, the new U.S. Congress left Thanksgiving declarations to the states; some objected to the national government’s involvement in a religious observance, Southerners were slow to adopt a New England custom, and others took offense over the day’s being used to hold partisan speeches and parades. A national Thanksgiving Day seemed more like a lightning rod for controversy than a unifying force.

Thanksgiving Day did not become an official holiday until Northerners dominated the federal government. While sectional tensions prevailed in the mid-19th century, the editor of the popular magazine Godey’s Lady’s Book, Sarah Josepha Hale, campaigned for a national Thanksgiving Day to promote unity. She finally won the support of President Abraham Lincoln. On October 3, 1863, during the Civil War, Lincoln proclaimed a national day of thanksgiving to be celebrated on Thursday, November 26…”

Full Article: https://www.britannica.com/topic/Thanksgiving-Day

Idiom of the Day

Have (someone) to Thank

Meaning: To acknowledge someone as the cause or source of something.

Example: I have two sick toddlers to thank for my lack of sleep last night.