Did you know that for a couple of years Thanksgiving was held a week earlier than usual? Since Abraham Lincoln introduced a day to give thanks on the last Thursday of November, the holiday has typically marked the unofficial beginning of the shopping season to prepare for the holidays. In 1939, President Franklin Roosevelt decided to move up the date to give retailers recovering from the end of the recession an extra week to improve sales. The plan was not a success. Some states observed the new date, others stuck with the old, and the residents of Colorado, Mississippi, and Texas were treated to a holiday on both dates.
While this particular idea didn’t work out for Roosevelt, we appreciate the attempt; who doesn’t need extra prep time for any big event? In that same spirit, we’ve compiled a list of things to check and things to do, so you can avoid any unpleasant surprises and be ready for 2020.
While the end of the year is typically a time for reflection on the past, take a few minutes to click through our gallery and prepare yourself for the new year.