Learn about the history of Thanksgiving
The tradition of celebrating thanks dates back nearly 400 years to a three-day harvest festival celebrated in 1621 by the pilgrims and Native Americans at Plymouth, Massachusetts.
President George Washington issued the first national Thanksgiving proclamation in 1789, the year of his inauguration, and again in 1795. On Oct. 3, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln declared a national day of Thanksgiving to be observed on the last Thursday in November, and every president after Lincoln followed suit. In 1941, a joint congressional resolution officially set the date as the fourth Thursday in November.
In 2014, Thanksgiving is celebrated on Thursday, November 27.
The Hallmark Archives contain Thanksgiving cards that date back to the late 1800s, but Thanksgiving cards were not widely exchanged until the end of World War I.
In Hallmark's early years, the turkey illustrations were traditional and so were the sentiments.
The turkey was almost as big as the young chef presenting it in this early Thanksgiving postcard.
Overeating must have been just as much a part of the Thanksgiving tradition early in the 20th century as it is in the 21st.
Wonder what the turkey thought about the breaking of the wishbone...
Better hurry! That turkey isn't going to last long...
Instead of a turkey, a little birdie shares Thanksgiving wishes in this Depression-era greeting.
This hearty bird offered very formal best wishes for a happy Thanksgiving.
A turkey-riding elf brings Thanksgiving wishes to a secret pal.
Greetings to a nephew feature a more casual and cartoonish gobbler.
Groovy Tom Turkey suggests sending out for a pizza in this contemporary-style greeting.
Too cute to eat was this friendly gobbler.
"He wanted to send you a Thanksgiving card with a picture of a woman in a skimpy bikini. I wanted to send you one with a picture of a cute funny animal. So we compromised," reads the front of a card with a bikini-clad bird.
T-shirts tell the story of a turkey's ideal Thanksgiving.
You can almost smell it roasting...
This card gave a whole new meaning to stuffing.
"Never 'wing' the saying of grace." But with a full range of cards, there's no need to guess at how to say "Happy Thanksgiving!"