Also see Autumn and Gratitude and Appreciation.
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- Be Thankful Always
- Be Ye Thankful
- Bless This Food
- Bunch of Turkeys
- Bushel of Blessings
- Canning Our Bounty
- Carving Memories
- Cornucopia of Blessings
- Cornucopia of Bounty
- Count Your Blessings
- Family & Turkey & Football...Oh My!
- Family and Food
- Family Traditions
- The Feast
- Feast with the Pilgrims
- Friends, Family, Food, and FOOTBALL!
- Give Thanks
- Giving Thanks
- Gobble! Gobble!
- Gobble Till You Wobble
- God is Great...God is Good
- A Happy Heart is a Thankful Heart
- Harvest Delight
- Horn of Plenty
- I Am Thankful
- I Can't Believe I Ate the Whole Thing
- I'm Thankful for .....
- In Everything Give Thanks
- It's Turkey Time!
- Let's Get Stuffed
- Let us Give Thanks
- Live Thankfully
- Nap Time
- O, the Lord's Been Good to Me
- Over the River and Through the Woods
- Pilgrims and Indians Remembered
- Pilgrim's Pride
- Pilgrim's Progress
- Pumpkin Pie
- Sharing the Food
- Sharing the Harvest
- So Much to be Thankful for
- Take Time to be Thankful
- Thankful Hearts
- A Thankful Heart is a Happy Heart
- Thanks for the Giving
- Thanksgiving at Mom's
- Thanksgiving Bounty
- Thanksgiving Day (Canada Oct. 12)
- Thanksgiving Day Parade
- Thanksgiving is for All Creatures Great and Small
- Thanksgiving Thoughts
- Thanksgiving Traditions
- There Shall Be Showers of Blessings
- A Time for Giving Thanks
- Tons of Turkey
- True Family Gathering
- Turkey and Dressing
- Turkey and Family Trimmings
- Turkey Day
- Turkey, Dressing and Pumpkin Pie
- Turkey in the Straw
- Turkey Time
- Turkey Tunes and Holiday Wishes
- The Turkeys Play on Thanksgiving Day
- We Are Gathered Here...
- We are thankful...
- We are Thankful For .....
- We Gather Together
- We Gather Together to Ask the Lord's Blessings.
- We Give Thanks
- What a Bunch of Turkeys!
(Many of these page toppers were compiled by Jean Gifford. They are for free distribution only.)
- Bless those gathered in this place,
with thankful hearts and gifts of grace
- I think that one of the things I'm most grateful for on Thanksgiving is that, when the Lord was deciding who would need help at this season and who would be in a position to give help, he permitted me to be among the givers. (Bill Gold)
- Let us give some thought to the Pilgrim mothers, for they not only had to endure every thing the Pilgrim fathers endured, but also had to endure the Pilgrim fathers.
- May the bounty of the season fill your heart and your home
- Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving. (W.T. Purkiser)
- On Thanksgiving Day all over America, families sit down to dinner at the same moment--halftime!
- Praise God from whom all blessings flow...
- Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude. (E.P. Powel)
- Turkeys use fowl language.
- The lucky turkeys had an arrow escape.
- The unthankful heart...discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings! (Henry Ward Beeche)
- Who does not thank for little will not thank for much.
May your stuffing be tasty,
may your turkey be plump.
May your potatoes 'n gravy
have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious,
may your pies take the prize,
may your thanksgiving dinner
stay off of your thighs!!
May your thanksgiving
truly be blessed!!
Come, ye thankful people, come,
Raise the song of harvest-home;
All is safely gathered in,
Ere the winter storms begin;
God, our Maker, doth provide
For our wants to be supplied;
Come to God's own temple, come,
Raise the song of harvest-home.
Thanksgiving Is Coming
(Elsie Melchert Fowler)
Thanksgiving is coming, I wonder if I
Will get a big piece of brown pumpkin pie?
Perhaps I'll have sweet juicy mince pie instead,
And a big bowl of raisins and fat apples red.
"Do have my plum pudding," my grandma will say;
She always makes pudding for Thanksgiving Day.
But first I'll see turkey, breast up, on a platter,
I wonder if this year he's bigger and fatter?
When asked if I'd rather have dark meat or white
I'll say, "Some of both," for that's being polite!
Next potatoes, all mashed up with gravy on top.
I'll eat every bit of it up till I stop,
And after I've eaten my dinner, why then
My grandma will pass the plum pudding again!
On the night before Thanksgiving
When I had gone to bed
I heard three turkey gobblers
And this is what they said.
The first turkey said
I think I'll find a tree
And hide up in the branches
Where no one will see.
The second turkey said
I think that I will go
And hide behind the haystack
Where no one will know.
The third turkey said
I think it would be fun
To hide the farmer's hatchet
And run, run, run, run.
Then on Thanksgiving morning
When the farmer came around
Those three turkey gobblers
Were nowhere to be found!
The Turkey is a funny bird,
His head goes wobble wobble.
But all that he can ever say,
Is Gobble, Gobble, Gobble.
(Mrs. Paul E. King)
There's a sound of merry laughter
Pealing out from down the lane,
And the bells on horse's bridles
Make a happy noise again.
The turkey's in the oven,
Roasting to a golden brown;
The table's fixed so ten or twelve
Or more can sit around.
The pumpkin and the mincemeat pies
Cool temptingly nearby;
The house smells spicy and fragrant-sweet
From flaky, fresh-baked pie.
The noise is growing louder,
There's loud stomping now of feet!
The door swings wide and voices shout,
"Hi, folks! We're starved! When do we eat?"
Silence fills the dear old house,
Each member bows his head
As Father thanks the Lord above
For such a bounteous spread.
Then the sound of merry laughter
Fills the house with joy and play . . .
Oh, it's grand to be with those you love
And share Thanksgiving Day.
God is Good
Thank God for dirty dishes;
They have a tale to tell.
While others may go hungry,
We're eating very well.
With home, health, and happiness,
I shouldn't want to fuss;
By the stack of evidence,
God's been very good to us.
A Child's Grace
Turkeys come and turkeys go
And trimmings can be lost,
But we're together,
That's what matters . . .
Not what's served upon
Another Thanksgiving Prayer
O, heavenly Father:
We thank thee for food and remember the hungry.
We thank thee for health and remember the sick.
We thank thee for friends and remember the friendless.
We thank thee for freedom and remember the enslaved.
May these remembrances stir us to service.
That the gifts to us may be used for others. Amen.
Turkeys will thaw in the morning, then warm in the oven to an afternoon high near 390F. The kitchen will turn hot and humid, and if you bother the cook, be ready for a severe squall or cold shoulder.
During the late afternoon and evening, the cold front of a knife will slice through the turkey, causing an accumulation of one to two inches on plates..
Mashed potatoes will drift across one side while cranberry sauce creates slippery spots on the other. Please pass the gravy.
A weight watch and indigestion warning has been issued for the entire area, with increased stuffiness around the beltway.
During the evening, the turkey will diminish and taper off to leftovers, dropping to a low of 34F in the refrigerator.
Looking ahead to Friday and Saturday, high pressure to eat sandwiches will be established. Flurries of leftovers can be expected both days with a fifty percent chance of scattered soup late in the day. We expect
a warming trend where soup develops.
By early next week, eating pressure will be low as the only wish left will be the bone.
Thanksgiving Day Poem
(Lydia Maria Child)
Over the river and through the wood,
To Grandfather's house we go;
The horse knows the way
To carry the sleigh
Through the white and drifted snow.
Over the river and through the wood--
Oh, how the wind does blow!
It stings the toes
And bites the nose,
As over the ground we go.
Over the river and through the wood
Trot fast, my dapple-gray!
Spring over the ground,
Like a hunting-hound!
For this is Thanksgiving Day.
Over the river and through the wood,
And straight through the barnyard gate.
We seem to go
It is so hard to wait.
Over the river and through the wood--
Now Grandmother's cap I spy!
Hurrah for the fun!
"Is the pudding done?
Hurrah for the pumpkin-pie!"
This is the day of families.
The member who smokes the big black cigars that stink up the entire house for three months.
The kid who doesn't even say hello, but start pounding on the piano with their fists until conversation is no longer possible.
The couple who always pull up in a brand-new car when you know they have $2 in their pockets and are afraid to answer their own phone.
The dominant in-law who arrives just when you sit down to eat and leaves right after dessert is served.
The one who works like a field hand from the moment she arrives until after the last dish is put away.
The uncle who teases the dog.
The one who never forgets to say grace.
The kid who refuses to eat in the kitchen with the other children and ends up sitting on Mama's lap at the table.
What has brought all of them together? Does anyone remember anymore?
When you think of it, what is "family"? A psychological study that got out of hand? A genetic blind date? A group of people related by bad debts?
The results of a steering committee that didn't meet regularly?
Actually, they're mirrors of every facet of your life. They know you better than anyone in the world and are willing to overlook and forget. They've seen you at your best and your worst. Often, they're a colossal bore. They've told the same stories a hundred times, but sometimes the familiarity is like an old bathrobe . . . too old to brag about in public, but too good to discard yet.
Like it or not, you're bound to them by your history.
I think about families a lot at Thanksgiving . . . even more than at Christmas.
Maybe it's because Thanksgiving offers no incentive for being together except that elusive, mysterious tie that binds us together.
All I know is . . . I would kill to see my grandfather smoking those stinking cigars, my uncle teasing that poor dog, my Mom bustling around the kitchen helping Grandma, and me banging that piano with my fists . . . just one more time.
I Am So Thankful
For the teenager who is not doing dishes but is watching TV,
Because that means he is at home and not on the streets.
For the taxes that I pay,
Because it means that I am employed.
For the mess to clean after a party,
Because it means that I have been surrounded by friends.
For the clothes that fit a little too snug,
Because it means I have enough to eat.
For my shadow that watches me work,
Because it means I am out in the sunshine.
For a lawn that needs mowing, windows that
need cleaning, and gutters that need fixing,
Because it means I have a home.
For all the complaining I hear about the government,
Because it means that we have freedom of speech.
For the parking spot I find at the far end
of the parking lot,
Because it means I am capable of walking
and that I have been blessed with transportation.
For my huge heating bill,
Because it means I am warm.
For the lady behind me in church that sings off key,
Because it means that I can hear.
For the pile of laundry and ironing,
Because it means I have clothes to wear.
For weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day,
Because it means I have been capable of working hard.
For the alarm that goes of in the early morning hours,
Because it means that I am alive and have a reason to get up.
And finally . . .
For too many e-mails, messages and texts
Because it means I have friends who are thinking of me. :>)
Why did the Pilgrims' pants always fall down?
Because they wore their belt buckle on their hat.
- Put 1/2" strip of evergreen paper down the side of page for a border. Use autumn wreath stickers . . . cut each in half, then "weave" the sections around the strip of evergreen paper so it looks like a winding garland. Use leaf stickers tucked in and around the garland. Title your page, 'Thanks'
- Cut three 1 1/2" squares each out of two different gingham papers. Cut the same number of 2" squares out of matching solids (or vise versa). Put the small squares on top of the larger squares and trim the edges of the large square with scallop or deckle edge scissors. Put the squares down the edge of the page point to point (diamond shaped) to look like napkins. Take six sets of silverware stickers and "tie" them with bow sticker. Place them on the squares.
- Use pilgrim hat die-cut or sticker to replace 'a' and Indian corn or corn stalks to replace 'i' in the word 'Thanksgiving' in a title.
- Make some lined journal boxes and have family members write what they are thankful for. Put them on the page next to their photo or arrange around a family group photo.
- Make a collage type page using photos, die-cuts, stickers or words to represent things you are thankful for.
Thanksgiving Sentiments Album
(By Robin K.)
I'm doing a luncheon for friends in November as fall and Thanksgiving are my favorite times of year. This will be their Christmas gift from me. On the invitation it will advise them to bring TEN pictures ONLY of photos of things/people that they are thankful for in their life (husband, kids, house, church, friends, etc.) I will give each person a sentiments album and have it engraved on the front, "Thanksgiving Blessings 2011". After lunch, I will provide the supplies and they will adhere the photos and journal on the opposite page what this picture means to them and how thankful they are for that person/thing in their life. There will be very little decorating--maybe some paper and a few stickers.
This serves several purposes:
1) It let's them know how much I appreciate their friendship;
2) Christmas gifts for all my friends are done in November;
3) They will be creating something that will last forever and bring smiles and tears to their eyes and their hearts;
4) It's good for my business. Many of my friends think it's too hard to do albums. If this doesn't convince them nothing will!
For customers, you could skip the lunch part (or do something simple); pre-package the kits with ten sheets of paper and a few die-cuts/stickers. It can be completed in about an hour. Charge a fee that covers the cost of album, supplies and your time.
Pass On Your Blessings
Thanksgiving is a very busy time for most people, but try to take a few minutes to impress upon your children the blessings God has given.
Decorate an empty box to use as a bank. Once a day for the next 38 days, place offerings in it. Decide with the children to whom to give this gift. On Ephiphany, when according to tradition, the Kings gave their gifts to the Christ Child, you can give the gift. Each day, the children will be able to reflect upon their blessings.
There is a similar idea in the Christmas file.
- Day 1 (The Friday after Thanksgiving) - One out of five American children live in poverty, lacking adequate clothing. Give 2¢ for each pair of socks and tights each child has.
- Day 2 - Are you thankful for the blessing of electricity? Give 2¢ for each light bulb in your house.
- Day 3 - Would you rather live in the dim light of candles? Be thankful for them, too. Give 2¢ for each candle in your house.
- Day 4 - Most of the world's population lives beyond the reach of medical care. Give 10¢ for each box of Band-Aids in your house. Give an extra dime if they're not skin-colored.
- Day 5 - Are you thankful to have a roof and doors to keep out the wind and rain? Give 10¢ for every exterior door your house has.
- Day 6 - Are you thankful for your clothes? Give a nickel for each closet in your house.
- Day 7 - Are you glad you have indoor plumbing? Give 5¢ for each roll of toilet paper in your house, counting all stored away rolls.
- Day 8 - To people in refugee camps, even a thin sliver of soap is precious. Give 5¢ for each bar of soap in your house. Give 10¢ for each container of pump soap.
- Day 9 - Do something nice for a poor family in your community today. Maybe give them some homemade bread. If you can't, put a dollar in the box and be grateful for all of your own blessings.
- Day 10 - Do you walk to town to get a bucket of water for washing, drinking, bathing, and cooking? Or are you blessed with faucets that bring precious water to you? Give 10¢ for each faucet.
- Day 11 - How did you get clean today? Give 10¢ if you took a bath and 20¢ if you took a shower.
- Day 12 - Much of the world is starving while Americans biggest concern is being overweight! Put in 1¢ for each pound your mother and father thinks they are overweight.
- Day 13 - What a blessing to be able to see and have eye doctors to help us! Put in 10¢ for each pair of glasses your family members wear, don't forget sunglasses.
- Day 14 - Many people in the world are blind and do not have doctors to help them. Give 5¢ for each person in your house that wears contact lens.
- Day 15 - Jesus loved the little children. Give thanks, and 10¢ for every child in your family. Do a secret good deed for each one of them today.
- Day 16 - How would you like to live in your car as some families have to do? Give 10¢ for every car in your family.
- Day 17 - What if you lived on the streets? Give thanks for your home and give 5¢ for every pillow in your house. Count the decorative ones, too.
- Day 18 - Epidemics often follow natural disasters. Give thanks if no one in your house has been too sick this month to go to work or school, and give 50¢.
- Day 19 - The comfort of a clean bed is an undreamed of luxury for millions of the world's poor. Give 5¢ for each bed in your house.
- Day 20 - Did a cozy blanket cover you last night? Give a penny for every blanket in your home.
- Day 21 - Was it cold enough to wear a coat today? Give a penny for every coat, raincoat, and jacket in your house.
- Day 22 - In some countries of the world, most people can't read. Put in a penny for each children's book in your home.
- Day 23 - By now, you have received Christmas cards from many loving friends and family members. Give a penny for each card, and give thanks to God for love.
- Day 24 - Most of the world's population has never seen a supermarket. Instead they scratch out their sustenance with primitive tools. Give 5¢ for every garden tool in your garage.
- Day 25 - Most people in the world cook over an open fire. Aren't you glad your parents didn't send you out to chop wood this morning? Give 5¢ for every burner on your stove and 5¢ for every oven.
- Day 26 - Aren't you glad you have people that love and think about you? Put in 5¢ for every gift under the tree that is for you.
- Day 27 - Jesus was born and died for you! Put in 10¢ for each family member who has received Jesus as their personal Savior.
- Day 28 - Unfortunately this is the time of the year in which many people suffer loss in house fires. Give 10¢ for every phone in your house from which you can call 911 in the case of an emergency.
- Day 29 - Many people in the world suffer excruciating pain from the lack of dental care. Give 5¢ for each toothbrush in your house.
- Day 30 - Do you have a pet? Many people in the world can't even feed themselves, let alone a pet. Give 25¢for each pet. If you live on a farm and have other animals, give a penny for each of them.
- Day 31 - Many children in the world barely get one meal a day. How many did you have? Give thanks and 5¢ for each meal.
- Day 32 - Would you like to have to walk to school, to church or to the store? Most people in the world walk wherever they go. Give 10¢ for each bike, pair of skates, skateboard or anything else with wheels you have at your house.
- Day 33 - "Give us this day our daily bread." Thank God for feeding you today and give one penny for every slice of bread your family ate today.
- Day 34 - Count all the cans in your cupboard or pantry. Give a penny for each one of them as you thank God for the technology to can foods.
- Day 35 - Count all the packages of frozen foods and meats in your freezer. Thank God for refrigeration and give a penny for each you counted.
- Day 36 - Make a list of all the fruits and vegetables God created that you can name. Put a penny in for each one on your list.
- Day 37 - Many children in the world do not have a school to go to and barely learn to read or write. Give a penny for every pencil in your house.
- Day 38 - Most people in the world have never touched a computer. Put in 50¢ for each computer in your house.
Songs for Thanksgiving
- Count Your Blessings - Bing Crosby (1954)
- It's Thanksgiving - Nicole Westbrook (2012)
- Over the River and Through the Woods - Danny Kaye and the Andrews Sisters (1951)
- Thanksgiving at Mom's - Tony Kaltenberg (1999)
- Thanksgiving Day - Ray Davies (2006)
- Thanksgiving Day Parade - Spencer Ross (1960)
- Thanksgiving Prayer - Johnny and June Cash (1994)
- Thanksgiving Song - Mary Chapin Carpenter (2007)
- Thanksgiving Thoughts - Ed Shepp (2003)
- Thanksgiving Turkey - Even Arden (1950)
- Turkey Day - Timmy Wells (2004)
- We Gather Together - Celtic Spirits (2008)
- What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong (1967)