people realize that the Pilgrims did not celebrate
Thanksgiving any year thereafter, though some of
their descendants later made a "Forefather's Day"
that usually occurred on December 21 or 22. In 1827,
Mrs. Sarah Josepha Hale began lobbying several Presidents
for the instatement of Thanksgiving as a national
holiday, but her lobbying was unsuccessful until
1863 when Abraham Lincoln finally made it a national
holiday with his 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation.