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Thanksgiving Is On The Wrong Day

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Before I make my case for changing the day that Thanksgiving is celebrated, let me give you a brief history of the holiday tradition.  In 1863 Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a day of Thanksgiving and praise be celebrated on Thursday, November 26.  On December 26, 1941 President Roosevelt signed a bill, for the first time making the date of Thanksgiving a matter of federal law and fixing the day as the fourth Thursday of November.  In my brief research, there is no mention as to why Thursday was chosen or the specific date in November.  Even back in 1941 there was pressure to move the date officially to the fourth Thursday rather than the last Thursday of the month (in cases of 5 Thursday’s in the month) so that the holiday shopping season could be longer.

Since there is no sacred reason for the current date it is celebrated, I am proposing a minor change to the date for Thanksgiving.  I believe that we should celebrate the day on the 4th Friday so that it would be a long weekend for more people.  This would also actually elongate the shopping season by one day assuming most companies would flip flop their holiday schedule to accommodate the change.  They would have the holiday as the day before Thanksgiving instead of the day after thanksgiving.  Any one that does not get the day after Thanksgiving as a holiday would benefit by getting the 3 day weekend.  It sounds like a win-win to me. 

Shoppers could line up on Wednesday night waiting for the clock to tick to midnight to buy that that special gift.  After a hard day of “Black Thursday” shopping, they could take Thanksgiving off and be rested to go at it full speed ahead on Saturday – the day after Thanksgiving.

I rest my case; you are welcome for my efforts in correcting this error.  Have a great week getting ready for Thanksgiving.

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Written by pacelinebiz

November 19, 2012 at 9:03 am

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