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Thanksgiving in the USA Today…

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We at Experience Holidays would like to wish all of our USA colleagues a very happy Thanksgiving today, and Black??? Friday. For those of you that are not aware of the Thanksgiving history here is a snippet:-
The Pilgrims Fathers are credited with starting the tradition of Thanksgiving in America nearly 400 years ago to celebrate a successful harvest.
But declaring Thanksgiving Day a formal holiday on the fourth Thursday in November required a pair of presidents — two of the most famous, in fact.
Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt.
It was Lincoln who issued an 1863 proclamation calling on Americans to “set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving,” partly to celebrate victories in the then raging Civil War.
“He’s the father of the whole idea of a nation giving thanks for its advantages and privileges of living in a democracy like this,” said Harold Holzer, historian and chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation.
Decades later, Roosevelt and Congress acted to establish Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November, in part to lengthen the Christmas shopping season.
It took the trauma of the Civil War to make Thanksgiving a formal, annual holiday.
This is an ideal time to plan a holiday to the USA if you love your shopping as Black Friday is the start of the big sales with many bargains to be had before Christmas.

If you would like more info on this time of year in the USA and a shopping trip for all those christmas presents, then please contact us on 01323 446550 or email info@experienceholidays.co.uk


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