25 Days of Thanksgiving, Day #5: How Thanksgiving Became a National Holiday

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With Thanksgiving studies, we tend to mostly focus on the Pilgrims and the First Thanksgiving. For Day #5, I thought we could learn about the history of How Thanksgiving became a National Holiday in the first place.



When I googled the subject, this is what came up about it:

“The idea of creating a formal national holiday originated with Abraham Lincoln. In an 1863 proclamation — amid the still-raging Civil War — Lincoln designated Thanksgiving to be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November.”


You can read more about it at the following webpages:



The Labor of Love

The Holiday Spot


Here are a few great children’s books on the subject:



Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving by Laurie Halse Anderson






Sarah Gives Thanks   by Mike Allegra




I found a short video on how Thanksgiving became a national holiday at HERE at History.com.


I hope this gives you some good ideas on how to teach your kids about how Thanksgiving became a National Holiday. Be looking for Day #6 tomorrow!





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