Guest Column From Representative John Becker
Celebrating the Tradition of Thanksgiving
December 11, 2014
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The tradition of Thanksgiving comes again at a time when we all should take a much-needed pause from the hustle and bustle of life. Between maintaining the hectic routines of day-to-day life, we now are entering into the craziness of the holiday season. I don’t know about you, but there has been a certain man in a red coat on my television for about a month already.

It is important to remember the roots of our Thanksgiving holiday. It started in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621 to give thanks to God. It was a celebration of the year’s harvest, of the gathering of crops from the field, and another year of hard work.

It took a turn in 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln issued a national proclamation directing each state, for the first time in the history of our country, to celebrate the holiday together on the same day—the final Thursday in November. He intended to unify the war-weary people with the original celebration that had already been around for over a century.

President Roosevelt then changed the date of Thanksgiving in 1941, making it the fourth Thursday in November rather than the last Thursday, with the hopes of extending the Christmas shopping season and providing an economic boost in the middle of the Great Depression.

This year we look back into our history and remember the important role Thanksgiving has played in the life of our nation. From 17th Century Massachusetts to 21st Century Ohio, we still take the time to gather around a table with friends and family to remember the blessings of the previous year. Though not many of us reap a harvest of crops anymore, we still celebrate the holiday that our forefathers began many years ago with the same spirit of gratitude. In this state and in this nation, we are truly fortunate to have such great freedoms and opportunities. I hope you join me in thanking God for all that we have been given this year.

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