The pilgrims who came to this New World first celebrated a meal of Thanksgiving in 1621, after the success of their first harvest. The United States of America celebrated Thanksgiving as a nation, on and off since 1789, once our Constitution was established. Then, President Abraham Lincoln officially made Thanksgiving a federal holiday in 1863. In his Thanksgiving Proclamation that year, President Lincoln wrote:
“I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning 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.”
We are most grateful to all who have supported ASV and its artists this year. Our warmest wishes to you, for a very Happy Thanksgiving, from everyone at After Supper Visions.