Sunday, November 23, 2014

"Be thankful for what you have;

you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough."   ~ Oprah Winfrey
At this point, I am sure plans are laid out on the shopping GPS for Thursday.  I do not understand why every holiday has to be tied to buying stuff, but did you know Thanksgiving actually has a consumer background?  President Franklin Roosevelt wanted to help merchants in the post-Depression era (1939-1941), and so he proclaimed Thanksgiving to be moved to the third Thursday in November to create a longer buying season for Christmas. 

President Lincoln had declared it a national holiday at the urging of poet Sarah Hale (best known for "Mary Had a Little Lamb").  She had lobbied the previous 4 Presidents as well, but Lincoln decided it would unite the nation and in 1863 declared the last Thursday in November a "day of thanksgiving."   George Washington had declared it a holiday in 1789 but only New England rallied in support.

When FDR tried to permanently move Thanksgiving to the third Thursday, Congress said "NO" (see--you thought that was a recent phenomenon!), and they passed a joint resolution (at least they did pass something!) in 1941 decreeing that Thanksgiving should fall on the fourth Thursday of November where it now remains.

This Thanksgiving, ingredients for a typical holiday feast, with turkey and all the trimmings, averaged $49.41, up 37 cents from $49.04 in 2013, the American Farm Bureau Federation said in its 29th annual survey. Some grocers also use turkeys as “loss leaders" to entice shoppers to buy other popular Thanksgiving foods.
The Farm Bureau's dinner also includes bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a relish tray of carrots and celery, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, plus coffee and milk, all in quantities enough for a family of 10, with leftovers.

Foods with the biggest increases were sweet potatoes, dairy products and pumpkin pie mix. Among those declining modestly in price were stuffing, fresh cranberries, pie shells and brown-and-serve rolls.  The average cost of the dinner has remained around $49 since 2011.

So, whatever your day holds, remember...

“Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is.” 
                        ~ Ernest Hemingway   

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