Thanksgiving is upon us and while we all know and love the traditions, what about the history left out of the mix? Did you know that FDR tried to move Thanksgiving and that this beloved holiday gave birth to the TV dinner? Check out these fun facts and more below!
Thanksgiving was traditionally celebrated on the last Thursday of November because of a standard set by Abraham Lincoln. In 1939, Roosevelt asked Americans to celebrate Thanksgiving a week early to increase the time for Christmas shopping during the Great Depression.
Americans were so upset that thousands of letters poured into the White House. Practical issues also abounded: Schools, calendar makers and professional football players had all planned on a different schedule.
The controversy prompted Congress to pass a law two years later that declared Thanksgiving would always be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November.
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