ControlTrends wishes the entire ControlTrends Community a very Warm and Happy Thanksgiving to all! Take a moment to reach out and share — and spread some happiness — if you can! It always goes a long way. The first Thanksgiving in 1621, was a 3-day festival that became a national holiday in 1863 after a 30 year campaign by Sarah Josepha Hale, author of the nursery rhyme, “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” who was inspired by a diary of the Pilgrim life to make Thanksgiving a national holiday. Hale also published the first recipes for pumpkin pie, turkey, and stuffing — the modern staples of the Thanksgiving meal.