We all know the tale of the first Thanksgiving celebration in 1621. Native Americans and Pilgrims gathered for a celebratory feast to give thanks for their first harvest.
The modern-day celebration was solidified when President Abraham Lincoln issued a Presidential Proclamation in 1863, setting aside a day of “national Thanksgiving.”
How did a lamb affect our traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner?
Sarah Josepha Hale, the author of *Mary Had a Little Lamb*, used her influence as a magazine publisher to lobby state officials, and ultimately Lincoln himself, to declare an annual holiday.
She’s also credited for the turkey’s starring role in the Thanksgiving meal. According to Time Hale has been dubbed the “Godmother of Thanksgiving” because her magazine published accounts of early New England celebrations emphasizing a roast turkey, which became the model adopted by the rest of the country.
So, how does this pertain to business?
As business owners, we know the story of people like Hale who helped us make our business what it is today, but outsiders don't.
This year remember the role a "little lamb" played on Thanksgiving, and express gratitude to the often-overlooked individuals who have been instrumental in running your business.
Learn more about Hale's role in establishing Thanksgiving on history.com.
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