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November 20, 2008 – When you think of Thanksgiving, what comes to mind? Turkey on the table? Football on TV?
Dad in a dress?
Before the 1900s, it was common among the lower classes for cross-dressing masqueraders to parade drunkenly through the city demanding Thanksgiving treats. Our more solemn Thanksgiving begins not with the Pilgrims, but with the Victorians, who sought a national holiday honoring home and family.
In 1863, one such Victorian, Sarah Hale, convinced President Lincoln to declare Thanksgiving the fourth Thursday in November.