Lexicontent Loves: Thanksgiving Edition

Happy Holidays! As we head into Thanksgiving, we’re sharing an old favorite Thanksgiving story, and a new one we learned about the holiday’s history this week.

Cranberry Fields Forever

First, my favorite Thanksgiving-related story, as anyone who’s ever sat at the table with me on Thanksgiving knows. It’s an old Delaware Indian legend about how a war against an army of mastodons led to the creation of the cranberry.

I like to go into libraries and pick random books off of the shelf to flip through, and that’s how I found this one. Since the book is out of print and in the public domain, I’ve included photos of the story below so you can read it for yourself!

Mary Had a Little Turkey

Speaking of old stories, this week we learned that the same woman who wrote Mary Had a Little Lamb also fought for seventeen years to make Thanksgiving a national holiday, proposing the idea to five different presidents before her letter to President Lincoln finally convinced him to support the movement:

Sir. –
Permit me, as Editress of the "Lady's Book", to request a few minutes of your precious time, while laying before you a subject of deep interest to myself and -- as I trust -- even to the President of our Republic, of some importance. This subject is to have the day of our annual Thanksgiving made a National and fixed Union Festival.
You may have observed that, for some years past, there has been an increasing interest felt in our land to have the Thanksgiving held on the same day, in all the States; it now needs National recognition and authoritive fixation, only, to become permanently, an American custom and institution.
Enclosed are three papers (being printed these are easily read) which will make the idea and its progress clear and show also the popularity of the plan.

Here’s the full letter, and here’s President Lincoln’s proclamation officially establishing Thanksgiving as our third national holiday.

That’s all for this #LexicontentLoves. Hope you have a happy, safe, and delicious Thanksgiving!


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