Thanksgiving Day may have started with the pilgrims’ feast, but it was President Abraham Lincoln who made a November day of thanks a national tradition.
In his Thanksgiving proclamation in 1863, Lincoln detailed the purpose of the holiday:
“The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. … I do therefore invite my fellow-citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens,” Lincoln wrote.
In that spirit, our question to you today: What are you most thankful for this Thanksgiving?