Inspirational Quotations:Happy Thanksgiving
It can sometimes be difficult to find reasons to be thankful this time of year. Thousands of men and women are serving their country in a foreign land, while their children and loved ones remain home. I can only imagine how a child would feel who has to celebrate the Holidays wondering if daddy is ok or coming home soon. It must really be bad for the servicemen who have baby’s born that they have never seen, or had a chance to cuddle. The rich smell of a Christmas tree can not compare to the sweet smell of a baby.
There are others who are hungry and hear the sounds of their child’s belly rumble. This not only happens during the holiday season but all year long. Many people are homeless and jobless. The price of food, shelter and gas continue to rise, and wages are not getting any higher. Many will feel the wicked cold this winter season and may even wonder what brought them to this place of redolence. Soup kitchens and shelters will feel the pinch of not having enough room for everyone. I can not imagine what it must feel like to turn someone away from a warm bed, and a meal.
I am so thankful for all that I have received. A wonderful family and healthy children. At night I have a warm bed and plenty of food. I complain about the cost of gas but I do not do without.
So I wanted to write this blog to help you to vision the gratitude and appreciation this holiday! Enjoy the following words.
With love and blessings, From all of us …. IamCured.com
Inspirational Quotations For the Thankful Table…..
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. Powell
So once in every year we throng
Upon a day apart,
To praise the Lord with feast and song
In thankfulness of heart.
~Arthur Guiterman, The First Thanksgiving
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Remember God’s bounty in the year. String the pearls of His favor. Hide the dark parts, except so far as they are breaking out in light! Give this one day to thanks, to joy, to gratitude! ~Henry Ward Beecher
Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow. ~Edward Sandford Martin
Our rural ancestors, with little blest,
Patient of labour when the end was rest,
Indulged the day that housed their annual grain,
With feasts, and off’rings, and a thankful strain.
What we’re really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets. I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving? ~Erma Bombeck, “No One Diets on Thanksgiving,” 26 November 1981
Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action. ~W.J. Cameron
He who thanks but with the lips
Thanks but in part;
The full, the true Thanksgiving
Comes from the heart.
Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day. ~Robert Caspar Lintner
For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence. ~Erma Bombeck
For flowers that bloom about our feet;
For tender grass, so fresh, so sweet;
For song of bird, and hum of bee;
For all things fair we hear or see,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee!
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Thou hast given so much to me,
Give one thing more, – a grateful heart;
Not thankful when it pleaseth me,
As if Thy blessings had spare days,
But such a heart whose pulse may be Thy praise.
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 Beecher
Some hae meat and canna eat, –
And some wad eat that want it;
But we hae meat, and we can eat,
Sae let the Lord be thankit.
It has been an unchallengeable American doctrine that cranberry sauce, a pink goo with overtones of sugared tomatoes, is a delectable necessity of the Thanksgiving board and that turkey is uneatable without it. ~Alistair Cooke
Ah! on Thanksgiving day….
When the care-wearied man seeks his mother once more,
And the worn matron smiles where the girl smiled before.
What moistens the lips and what brightens the eye?
What calls back the past, like the rich pumpkin pie?
~John Greenleaf Whittier
Thanksgiving comes to us out of the prehistoric dimness, universal to all ages and all faiths. At whatever straws we must grasp, there is always a time for gratitude and new beginnings. ~J. Robert Moskin
There is one day that is ours. There is one day when all we Americans who are not self-made go back to the old home to eat saleratus biscuits and marvel how much nearer to the porch the old pump looks than it used to. Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American. ~O. Henry
Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds. ~Theodore Roosevelt
Thanksgiving is the holiday of peace, the celebration of work and the simple life… a true folk-festival that speaks the poetry of the turn of the seasons, the beauty of seedtime and harvest, the ripe product of the year – and the deep, deep connection of all these things with God. ~Ray Stannard Baker (David Grayson)
Heap high the board with plenteous cheer and gather to the feast,
And toast the sturdy Pilgrim band whose courage never ceased.
~Alice W. Brotherton
On Thanksgiving Day, all over America, families sit down to dinner at the same moment – halftime. ~Author Unknown
On Thanksgiving Day we acknowledge our dependence. ~William Jennings Bryan
It is literally true, as the thankless say, that they have nothing to be thankful for. He who sits by the fire, thankless for the fire, is just as if he had no fire. Nothing is possessed save in appreciation, of which thankfulness is the indispensable ingredient. But a thankful heart hath a continual feast. ~W.J. Cameron
Lord, ’tis Thy plenty-dropping hand
That soils my land,
And giv’st me for my bushel sowne
Twice ten for one.
All this, and better, Thou dost send
Me, to this end,
That I should render, for my part,
A thankful heart.
Thanksgiving is America’s national chow-down feast, the one occasion each year when gluttony becomes a patriotic duty. ~Michael Dresser
Forever on Thanksgiving Day
The heart will find the pathway home.
~Wilbur D. Nesbit
Grace isn’t a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal. It’s a way to live. ~Attributed to Jacqueline Winspear
We give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way. ~Author Unknown
To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven. ~Johannes A. Gaertner
A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues. ~Cicero
But see, in our open clearings, how golden the melons lie;
Enrich them with sweets and spices, and give us the pumpkin-pie!
~Margaret Junkin Preston
Coexistence: what the farmer does with the turkey – until Thanksgiving. ~Mike Connolly
Thanksgiving is possible only for those who take time to remember; no one can give thanks who has a short memory. ~Author Unknown
God has two dwellings; one in heaven, and the other in a meek and thankful heart. ~Izaak Walton
I have strong doubts that the first Thanksgiving even remotely resembled the “history” I was told in second grade. But considering that (when it comes to holidays) mainstream America’s traditions tend to be over-eating, shopping, or getting drunk, I suppose it’s a miracle that the concept of giving thanks even surfaces at all. ~Ellen Orleans
Thanksgiving, man. Not a good day to be my pants. ~Kevin James
Perhaps it takes a purer faith to praise God for unrealized blessings than for those we once enjoyed or those we enjoy now. ~A.W. Tozer
Stand up, on this Thanksgiving Day, stand upon your feet. Believe in man. Soberly and with clear eyes, believe in your own time and place. There is not, and there never has been a better time, or a better place to live in. ~Phillips Brooks
Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart. ~Seneca
Happy We-Stole-Your-Land-and-Killed-Your-People Day! ~Thanksgiving toast, from the movie Sweet November
For what I give, not what I take,
For battle, not for victory,
My prayer of thanks I make.
If I have enjoyed the hospitality of the Host of this universe, Who daily spreads a table in my sight, surely I cannot do less than acknowledge my dependence. ~G.A. Johnston Ross
O Lord that lends me life,
Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness.
None is more impoverished than the one who has no gratitude. Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy. ~Fred De Witt Van Amburgh
The funny thing about Thanksgiving, or any huge meal, is that you spend 12 hours shopping for it and then chopping and cooking and braising and blanching. Then it takes 20 minutes to eat it and everybody sort of sits around in a food coma, and then it takes four hours to clean it up. ~Ted Allen
And though I ebb in worth, I’ll flow in thanks. ~John Taylor
The thing I’m most thankful for right now is elastic waistbands. ~Author Unknown
For, after all, put it as we may to ourselves, we are all of us from birth to death guests at a table which we did not spread. The sun, the earth, love, friends, our very breath are parts of the banquet…. Shall we think of the day as a chance to come nearer to our Host, and to find out something of Him who has fed us so long? ~Rebecca Harding Davis
Gratitude is the sign of noble souls. ~Aesop
Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. ~William Arthur Ward
May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs!
Gluttony and surfeiting are no proper occasions for thanksgiving. ~Charles Lamb, 1821
But whether we have less or more,
Always thank we God therefor.
Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast. ~William Shakespeare
God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say “thank you?” ~William A. Ward
Turkey: A large bird whose flesh, when eaten on certain religious anniversaries has the peculiar property of attesting piety and gratitude. ~Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow. ~Melody Beattie
Thanksgiving-day, I fear,
If one the solemn truth must touch,
Is celebrated, not so much
To thank the Lord for blessing o’er,
As for the sake of getting more!
I love Thanksgiving turkey. It’s the only time in Los Angeles that you see natural breasts. ~Arnold Schwarzenegger
For hearts that are kindly, with virtue and peace, and not seeking blindly a hoard to increase; for those who are grieving o’er life’s sordid plan; for souls still believing in heaven and man; for homes that are lowly with love at the board; for things that are holy, I thank thee, O Lord! ~Walt Mason
It is delightfully easy to thank God for the grace we ourselves have received, but it requires great grace to thank God always for the grace given to others. ~James Smith
When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep? ~George Canning
Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday. People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year. And then discover once a year is way too often. ~Johnny Carson
Thanksgiving is so called because we are all so thankful that it only comes once a year. ~P. J. O’Rourke
Thanksgiving Day, a function which originated in New England two or three centuries ago when those people recognized that they really had something to be thankful for – annually, not oftener – if they had succeeded in exterminating their neighbors, the Indians, during the previous twelve months instead of getting exterminated by their neighbors, the Indians. Thanksgiving Day became a habit, for the reason that in the course of time, as the years drifted on, it was perceived that the exterminating had ceased to be mutual and was all on the white man’s side, consequently on the Lord’s side; hence it was proper to thank the Lord for it and extend the usual annual compliments. ~Mark Twain
We can always find something to be thankful for, and there may be reasons why we ought to be thankful for even those dispensations which appear dark and frowning. ~Albert Barnes
Thanksgiving is nothing if not a glad and reverent lifting of the heart to God in honor and praise for His goodness. ~Robert Casper Lintner
Got no check books, got no banks. Still I’d like to express my thanks – I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night. ~Irving Berlin
If you count all your assets, you always show a profit. ~Robert Quillen
Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving. ~W.T. Purkiser
If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice. ~Meister Eckhart
Here you’ll find free Thanksgiving poems, Thanksgiving prayers, funny Thanksgiving poetry, a Thanksgiving song, kid Thanksgiving rhymes and Thanksgiving verse.
Thanksgiving gift, perhaps a hostess gift. The Thanksgiving rhymes and Thanksgiving card verse below can be attached to a Thanksgiving gift or put in a Thanksgiving card or e-card. The longer ones can be framed and given as Thanksgiving gifts.
When the Halloween pumpkins are gone,
And the leaves have all fallen to ground,
When the air has turned windy and cold,
Then Thanksgiving will soon be around.
Thoughts of loved ones all feasting together,
Pleasant pictures from past times appear
To dwell in each heart and each mind–
Then Thanksgiving is finally here!
The kitchen has scrumptious aromas,
The dining room looks oh, so fine,
Decorations with pilgrims and turkeys,
And now we are ready to dine!
First the napkins are placed on our laps;
Now the prayer for the meal to be blessed,
Then we stuff the good food in our tummies,
And we hope for it all to digest!
These free Thanksgiving Day poems bring up thoughts of, well…thankfulness, as this Thanksgiving Day verse does.
More Than A Day
We have friends and family we love;
We have guidance from heaven above.
We have so much more
Than they sell in a store,
We’re wealthy, when push comes to shove.
So add up your blessings, I say;
Make Thanksgiving last more than a day.
Enjoy what you’ve got;
Realize it’s a lot,
And you’ll make all your cares go away.
Thanksgiving poetry can include a list of things to be thankful for. This inspirational Thanksgiving poem shows that basic, simple pleasures are often the best ones. It’s a thankful Thanksgiving poem.
On Thanksgiving Day we’re thankful for
Our blessings all year through,
For family we dearly love,
For good friends, old and new.
For sun to light and warm our days,
For stars that glow at night,
For trees of green and skies of blue,
And puffy clouds of white.
We’re grateful for our eyes that see
The beauty all around,
For arms to hug, and legs to walk,
And ears to hear each sound.
The list of all we’re grateful for
Would fill a great big book;
Our thankful hearts find new delights
Everywhere we look!
More and more, people want to send Thanksgiving greetings to the people they care about. Thanksgiving poetry is designed for that, so this free verse (no rhyming) Happy Thanksgiving poem will be nice in a card or along with a Thanksgiving gift. It could also be used as a friend or friendship Thanksgiving poem or a family Thanksgiving poem.
I’m Thankful for You
Thanksgiving is the appointed time
for focusing on the good in our lives.
In each of our days,
we can find small blessings,
but too often we overlook them,
choosing instead to spend our time
paying attention to problems.
We give our energy
to those who cause us trouble
instead of those who bring peace.
let’s be on the lookout
for the bits of pleasure in each hour,
and appreciate the people who
bring love and light to everyone
who is blessed to know them.
You are one of those people.
I’m thankful for you.
By Joanna Fuchs
Here’s a Thanksgiving poem that is also a Thanksgiving song and a Thanksgiving prayer—a three-in-one! You could print our the lyrics on little pieces of paper and put them next to each plate so you could all sing it together before dinner.
The song is to the public domain melody most familiar to those who celebrate Thanksgiving Day: We Gather Together (to ask the Lord’s blessing). You can find it in any protestant hymn book. Remember that although it’s fine to sing the melody, any arrangement of harmony parts and accompaniment may be under copyright. If so, there will probably be a copyright notice at the bottom of the page, but it is always your responsibility to check that out.
Thanksgiving Dinner Poem, Song and Prayer
Our table is set now; great food you can bet now.
It’s Thanksgiving Day, and we’re ready to eat;
All those near and dear us are here today to cheer us.
This dinner is a winner, a wonderful treat.
It’s time to be thankful for all that God gives us;
Dear Lord, we are grateful; Dear God, hear our prayer.
It’s You we are praising; our voices we are raising;
Bless us and bless this food; keep us safe in your care.
By Joanna Fuchs
Thanksgiving poetry often centers on the pleasures of friends and loved ones, as this Thanksgiving Day poem does.
Most of All
Thanksgiving Day brings to mind
the blessings in our lives
that usually go unnoticed:
a home that surrounds us
with comfort and protection;
delicious food, for pleasure
in both eating and sharing;
clothes to snuggle up in,
books and good entertainment
to expand our minds;
and freedom to worship our God.
Most of all we are thankful
for our family and friends,
those treasured people
who make our lives extra special.
You are part of that cherished group.
On Thanksgiving, (and every day)
we appreciate you.
Thanksgiving Day poetry is often about the special foods eaten on that holiday. This Thanksgiving rhyme includes dishes familiar to many.
As meals go, Thanksgiving dinner
Is always a feast–a five star winner.
Here comes the salad, dressed just right,
The golden brown turkey–a savory delight;
The stuffing now, and then the gravy,
The jello mold, all wiggly and wavy.
Take some cranberry sauce and candied yams;
Is there room for fresh made rolls and jams?
More dishes tempt me; ah, but I
Must save some room for pumpkin pie!
Thanks giving poems should evoke the special memories of holidays past, the whole special Thanksgiving process, as this thanks giving poem does.
Thanksgiving is anticipation…
the excitement of wonderful aromas,
golden, harvest-themed décor,
the best linens, china and silver.
platters of of special Thanksgiving foods
prepared only once a year,
mmn…mmn… mouths watering,
ecstatic taste buds quivering with joy.
the family all around the table,
clean, dressed, smiles all around,
recitation of what we are thankful for,
the saying of grace,
our special Thanksgiving prayer.
And now, finally, dig in!
We are thinking of you
at Thanksgiving, and hoping
your Thanksgiving experience
will be surrounded
by a special glow in your memory.
You’ve Made A Difference
As Thanksgiving Day approaches,
Our blessings we recall;
The things we are most thankful for,
We recollect them all.
You are really special,
In all you say and do.
You’ve made a difference in our lives;
We’re thankful now for you.
Friendship Thanksgiving poetry for greeting cards has to be short enough to fit, so this Thanksgiving rhyme, which is a friend or friendship Thanksgiving poem, is short and fond. If you are sending this as a couple, change the last stanza to read “our friends,” “our lives,” and “what we’re thankful for.”
Thanksgiving is a time
For reviewing what we treasure,
The people we hold dear,
Who give us so much pleasure.
Without you as my friend,
Life would be a bore;
Having you in my life
Is what I’m thankful for.
By Joanna Fuchs
This Thanksgiving Day poem is a reminder to be thankful every day.
Thanksgiving Every Day
The table is brimming with good things to eat;
We’re surrounded by family and friends; what a treat.
The feelings that fill us today can’t be beat;
It’s Thanksgiving Day, and it all feels complete.
But other days, sometimes things don’t seem so fine;
Those days are not polished and don’t seem to shine.
It’s then in our minds, we forget all the good,
And think of the things we would get, if we could.
On days when our thinking causes us dread,
If we could remember, it’s all in our head,
And not let our minds take our gratitude away,
Then we’d make every day like Thanksgiving Day.
By Karl Fuchs
Thanksgiving Day poems often center around family gatherings; This family Thanksgiving poem could also be used for a young child saying Thanksgiving grace.
A Family Thanksgiving
Mom and Dad And all the folks
Who sit around the table,
All give thanks to the Lord above
For the fact that we are able
To have the food and shelter
We all need to survive,
And have the love of family
That makes it good to be alive.
By Karl Fuchs
Kid Thanksgiving Poems
The following child Thanksgiving poetry consists of four Thanksgiving rhymes for a child.
This free kid Thanksgiving poem focuses on the benefits of the holiday to a child.
A Child’s Thanksgiving Thanks
I’m thankful for the many things
That help us live as well as kings,
For all the food that makes us drool,
And another holiday from school.
By Karl Fuchs
Thanksgiving poetry for kids is often silly, as this Thanksgiving poem for a child is. It’s a funny kid Thanksgiving poem.
Mom is in the kitchen,
And when I take a look,
I’m glad I’m not a turkey
That’s she’s about to cook!
By Karl Fuchs
The counting and rhythm of this kid Thanksgiving poem makes it easy to memorize. It’s a Thanksgiving turkey poem.
Countdown To Thanksgiving
One two three,
A turkey in a tree;
Four five six,
That turkey’s in a fix;
Seven eight nine,
It always tastes so fine;
When we get to ten
It’s Thanksgiving once again.
By Karl Fuchs
Food and thankfulness are the two most popular subjects of kid Thanksgiving poems. This Thanksgiving poem for a child focuses on food.
Hooray For Thanksgiving
It’s Thanksgiving dinner;
Let’s not be late;
There’s lots of good food,
So fill up your plate.
With pie at the end,
It can’t be beat;
Hooray for Thanksgiving,
There’s so much to eat!
By Karl Fuchs
Funny Thanksgiving Poems
Funny Thanksgiving poetry often centers on food, as this funny Thanksgiving poem does.
The last piece of apple pie is gone;
How did it disappear?
The bowl of delicious stuffing
Has also vanished, I fear.
It happens each Thanksgiving,
When leftover goodies flee,
And each of us knows the responsible one
Couldn’t be you or me.
The only way it could happen
Is readily diagnosed;
It must be the crafty, incredibly sneaky,
Still hungry Thanksgiving ghost.
By Karl Fuchs
Funny Thanksgiving poems can be about cooking the special feast. This humorous Thanksgiving poem is a joke about how our modern “gourmet” feasts are often prepared elsewhere. It could qualify as a funny Thanksgiving Day poem.
Your Secret’s Secure
Thanksgiving’s the time in November each year
When our thoughts about food seem to richen,
When turkey and dressing and other good stuff
Is being prepared in the kitchen.
But the stores did their homework way in advance;
They know what your real needs will be;
They know you’ll come shopping to buy up their best,
And those sharing your feast will soon see…
You’re the best cook in town, a peerless gourmet,
The turkey, dessert and the wine;
And your secret’s secure that this feast was all made
By your grocery, and they sure did it fine!
Funny Thanksgiving poetry about overeating is common, so here’s a funny Thanksgiving poem about the “Belly Stuffer.”
Thanksgiving brings a terrible chore,
‘Cause I’m forced to eat and eat some more.
If I don’t eat it up right down to dessert,
I fear the cook’s feelings will surely be hurt,
So I do my part, even though I suffer;
To be a good guest, I’m a belly stuffer.