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Following is an editorial penned in 1858 by the person whom many feel is most responsible for the adoption of the American Thanksgiving holiday, Sarah Josepha Hale. May we live up to these aspirations, and may you and yours have a wonderful day of Thanksgiving.

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We are most happy to agree with the large majority of the governors of the different States—as shown in their unanimity of action for several past years, and which, we hope, will this year be adopted by all—that the LAST THURSDAY IN NOVEMBER shall be the DAY OF NATIONAL THANKSGIVING for the American people.

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Let this day, from this time forth, as long as our Banner of Stars floats on the breeze, be the grand THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY of our nation, when the noise and tumult of wordliness may be exchanged for the laugh of happy children, the glad greetings of family reunion, and the humble gratitude of the Christian heart.

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This truly American Festival falls, this year on the twenty fifth day of this month.


Let us consecrate the day to benevolence of action, by sending good gifts to the poor, and doing those deeds of charity that will, for one day, make every American home the place of plenty and of rejoicing.


These seasons of refreshing are of inestimable advantage to the popular heart; and if rightly managed, will greatly aid and strengthen public harmony of feeling.


Let the people of all the States and Territories sit down together to the “feast of fat things,” and drink, in the sweet draught of joy and gratitude to the Divine giver of all our blessings, the pledge of renewed love to the Union, and to each other; and of peace and good-will to all men.

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Then the last Thursday in November will soon become the day of AMERICAN THANKSGIVING throughout the world.

Sarah Josepha Hale, “Editor’s Table,” Godey’s Lady’s Book, 1858

The good photographs and much of the styling courtesy of the talented Jessica Leigh. The rest are snapshots and fond memories.

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~Until next time!