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How a little forethought and persistence made Thanksgiving a favorite Holiday

| November 20, 2015

Do you ever wonder how we’ve come to celebrate Thanksgiving as a holiday of gratitude, filled with traditional food staples like turkey, stuffing, cranberries, potatoes and pumpkin pie? This menu was not the menu the English settlers and the local natives sat down to enjoy in 1621. Much of the menu made now with butter, flour and sugar that we have come to enjoy originated from recipes published by Sarah Josepha Hale, Godey’s Lady’s Book editor and author of “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”

For those who love Thanksgiving, we can also give thanks to Sarah for campaigning to President Abraham Lincoln and gathering support from her readers to help make Thanksgiving an annual holiday. President Lincoln referred to her as the “Godmother of Thanksgiving.” While she didn’t come up with the concept of Thanksgiving, she did spend three decades trying to make it a national holiday!

As we celebrate this Thanksgiving holiday, we are grateful to those such as Sarah who have the forethought and persistence to help create what is now a beloved holiday tradition. We are also grateful to have you as a valued client and the forethought and persistence you put into preparing for your future. We appreciate your business in every way and wish you a wonderful and relaxing Thanksgiving holiday!

John M. Giangrande, RFC
Jeffery P. Sprague