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Thanksgiving is one of the major holidays in the USA and Canada. The first Thanksgiving (as documented) happened around 1621, but it wasn't such a big celebration than as it is now. Thanksgiving started to look more or less like it looks today right after the Revolutionary War. But when did Thanksgiving become a national holiday? It didn't happen until 1863 when Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving an official holiday. Some people argue whether the official history is true and there are a few theories about the real history of Thanksgiving. But the majority chooses to celebrate traditions and appreciate people around them over checking and revising history.

Thanksgiving traditions include plenty of food traditions (turkey, relaxed and easy breakfast), taking time to appreciate your life, family reunions. Some older traditions include writing all of your thanks down and taking time to remember all of those who are already gone. Some people also let the kids serve desserts for them and say those beautiful words out loud.

So, there are many good reasons to love this wonderful holiday! And don't forget to send everyone nice Thanksgiving messages and greetings that will make their day!

Thanksgiving Quotes and Sayings

Quotes about Thanksgiving are important as through humor and wisdom, they make others feel important. Sharing Thanksgiving quotes with others may be a good idea during this holiday season. The Thanksgiving quotes offered below may work both for business and personal greetings.

Thanksgiving quotes

A person who quotes Thanksgiving words is a grateful individual; these Thanksgiving blessings will be heard by everyone. Cheer up your beloved ones or colleagues, with these Thanksgiving sayings to keep up with the holiday spirit:

  • Don’t wish for more than you have, be thankful for what you already got. This way, you will end up getting even more;
  • Thanksgiving is not about sharing it with everyone. Feeling grateful and expressing it to one person is enough;

  • Grace is not a little prayer before dinner; it’s lifestyle;
  • Be thankful not only for what you have but also for what is about to come;
  • Silence is not the language of gratitude.

Thanksgiving sayings

Thanksgiving blessings quotes are also often put in words in the form of Thanksgiving sayings. These Thanksgiving sayings for cards may be written down or simply used as spoken inspirational phrases, to cheer up friends and relatives:

  • Count your blessings, and they will multiply;
  • You won’t become poor by sharing;
  • By being thankful for what you have, you will be happy;
  • Saying “thank you” is more powerful than any lengthy prayer;
  • Feeling thankful without saying it is like preparing a gift and not giving it.

Happy Thanksgiving quotes are a powerful way to express gratitude. Thanksgiving blessings are earned through actions, and such quotation on Thanksgiving entails powerful words which transcend the holiday spirit. Thanksgiving blessings quotes have been gathered throughout many years from famous writers, poets, and artists. These Thanksgiving quotes will help create the true holiday spirit this year and share it from one heart to another.

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Thanksgiving Jokes

Thanksgiving is a serious occasion; but who said it should be celebrated without some funny Thanksgiving phrases? Thanksgiving jokes are a good way to express gratitude and remain humorous. There are many Thanksgiving jokes to choose from. There are Thanksgiving jokes for kids who love this holiday because of food and presents. There are Thanksgiving puns suitable for congratulating colleagues at work. And for sure there is that one Thanksgiving joke, which will suit a helpful family member.

To begin with, here are a few Thanksgiving jokes for kids:

  •  - Do you know why the turkey crossed the highway two times?

           - To show that it’s not a chicken!

  • - Do you know which one key is not suitable for opening any doors?

          - A turKEY.

  • - Why is the turkey not hungry on Thanksgiving?

         -  Because it’s stuffed.

  •  - What musical instrument could a turkey be?

           - Drums because it has a drumstick!

  •  - If a turkey was crossed with a ghost, what would it be called?

           - A poultrygeist!

Regarding the Thanksgiving jokes for coworkers, they can involve more football talk. Everyone knows that Thanksgiving time is a football season and many Thanksgiving jokes focus exactly on that. Commonly, Thanksgiving puns are also based on a large amount of food consumed on this day. Every Thanksgiving joke has some truth to it – as they are all created by people celebrating this holiday, i.e. from their own experiences. Here are a few of them:

  •  - The turkey got arrested. Why?

           - The policemen suspected fowl play.

  •  - The turkey gets into a fight. What happens to the turkey?

           - He gets all his stuffing knocked out!

  •  - If the turkey was to go out for a walk, which weather would it prefer?

           - Fowl weather!

  •  - Turkeys and women have something in common. What is it?

           - The guys who are attracted to their breasts.

  •  - What is the difference between a female turkey and a male turkey?

           - The male turkey always has a remote on Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Messages for Business

Many people have to celebrate Thanksgiving at work. Sending Thanksgiving business greetings is a must not only if you're stuck at work with your colleagues. It's a sign of politeness to send a greeting or a sweet message to a client. Bosses have to thank their employees and vice versa. If you can’t pick the right words, you can get some inspiration from the following wishes.

Happy Thanksgiving Messages to Clients

  • Thank you for being our valued customer! We wish you and your family a lovely holiday season!
  • Our countless thanks to you for being our client and making our success possible! Happy Thanksgiving!
  • In this season of thanks, we all remember things we are grateful for. For our company, it's you! We wish you the best Thanksgiving!
  • Thank you for trusting us. We appreciate your patronage. Wishing you all the best for this Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Messages for Employees

  • People like you keep the world spinning. Happy holiday!
  • In this time of gratitude, I want to thank you for your service. We are lucky to have you! Have a great Thanksgiving!
  • There is no better time to express how grateful I am for your service. Our company exist thanks to your commitment and creativity, so I wish you a very happy Thanksgiving full of laughter, joy, and bright moments!
  • I appreciate your efforts and loyalty. On my behalf, happy Thanksgiving!
  • Thank you for putting faith in our company and making our success happen. Have a great Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving Wishes for Boss

  • It's an honor for me to be a part of your company. Many thanks!
  • I don't know how it feels to work under an unjust and grumpy person. And it's all because of you. Happy Thanksgiving!
  • Nothing I say will truly convey that amount of gratitude and appreciation I have for you!
  • Thanks for giving me this chance to become better every day.
  • Your support keeps me waiting to go to work every day. Thank you for your smart leadership!

Happy Thanksgiving Wishes to Colleagues

  • Thank you for making my working days a little bit better!
  • Your help made this year much easier for me. You're the best co-worker. Happy holiday!
  • I count myself lucky for working with you. Have a great Thanksgiving!
  • Thank you for staying supportive and open-minded. The world needs more people like you.
  • Thank you for being there for me when I needed it the most. You are my best office-mate!

Thanksgiving Messages to Friends

When Thanksgiving is in the air, you want your friends to feel appreciated too, so try to choose nice Thanksgiving wishes for friends that will remind them of their importance. Being busy and overworked is not an excuse for forgetting to greet your dear ones, you can always send some quick Facebook Thanksgiving greetings, or at least update your status.

  • This message is wishing you the best Thanksgiving, full of love and laughter.
  • Thank you for making me a better person. Your support keeps me strong. Have a lovely Thanksgiving!
  • Thank you for being the best friend ever. Happy holiday season!
  • I wish your blessings would be multiplied within this year! May God hear all your prayers!
  • May your Thanksgiving be filled with cheers, happiness, and full tummies!

Funny Thanksgiving Greetings

Within years, plenty of myth surrounding Thanksgiving came to be. Many people appreciate the holiday only because of delicious treats and turn Thanksgiving into a food fest, which is why there are so many Thanksgiving food wishes. Family reunions are also a frequent topic for Thanksgiving jokes and funny Thanksgiving wishes. But be careful if you want to send one to your relatives, some of those are deliberately offensive.

  • I'm thankful to have a family who takes eating as seriously as I do. Happy Thanksgiving!
  • Eat like the 1% on this Thanksgiving! Happy holiday!
  • My prayers to those who are doing the dishes after this Thanksgiving!
  • Can't wait to see everyone this Thanksgiving and to remind myself why I moved out in the first place.
  • If you don't have a good excuse, you’re welcomed to join our family this Thanksgiving!

Christian Thanksgiving Messages

Thanksgiving has religious roots, so it's a special day for your Christian friends and family members. Religious Thanksgiving messages tend to be special, mentioning Lord, the Holy Church, or Jesus Christ. If you know anyone who associates this holiday with religion and traditions, send them a sweet card with one of the following Christian thanksgiving wishes.

  • May the God hear all your prayers and let your dreams come true this Thanksgiving!
  • This is the best time to appreciate Lord and all he's done for you. Have a blessed Thanksgiving!
  • Praying that God's mercy will fill your life. Happy holiday!
  • God bless you on this day of thanks. All of my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family today!
  • This holiday is not about food and turkey. Let's give our thanks to God this night! Bless you and your family!

Happy Thanksgiving Wishes for Family

It's also one of those days when whole families get together, discuss the latest news and eat delicious treats. As any family reunion, Thanksgiving has that warm and special atmosphere. You can support it and please your relatives with lovely Thanksgiving family wishes for any member of your family.

Thanksgiving Wishes for Wife or Husband

  • You are my inspiration, my lover, my life companion, and soulmate. I can't thank you enough for everything you've done for me.
  • If there is a solid foundation in this world that does not fear earthquakes and tornadoes, it's my love. Happy holiday, darling!
  • You give me wings and heal the wounds of the past. You keep me smiling each day. I can't even tell you how thankful I am for your presence in my life. Happy Thanksgiving!
  • Your love brought me to life when I was just existing. You are my one and only blessing. Thank you.
  • In the walk of fame of my life, you are the only star. Thank you, sweetheart.

Thanksgiving Wishes for Brother or Sister

  • Thank you for filling my soul with immeasurable happiness, my dear sister. Happy holiday!
  • This is the day when I want to say a big Thank You for everything you do for me. Thank you, dear brother!
  • I can't thank God enough I have you in my life. You are a part of me!
  • Today is the day to appreciate all of those people that make our lives a blessing. I can't thank you enough, my precious sister! Cherishing our moments together tonight!
  • You are my reason to be thankful and feel blessed today. Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Wishes for Parents

  • This is a truly special occasion and I understand how blessed I am for having you in my life, guiding and guarding me. Thanks, Mom and Dad.
  • You are my role models in life, Mom and Dad. I appreciate everything you did for me and want to make you proud. Happy holiday!
  • I hope you have a great Thanksgiving because you two are the most caring and generous people in my life!
  • No one does Thanksgiving better than you, Mom. Dad, you always gave me love and support. Thank you!
  • Thanksgiving wishes for my Mom and Dad. You're the best parents that I could have ever had! Thank you for being you!

Across the Miles Thanksgiving Wishes

  • My warmest thoughts and best wishes are with you on this special day. No distance will keep me from thinking about you on this Thanksgiving day.
  • Happy Thanksgiving from across the miles! May this day fill your home with laughter!
  • My love travels across the globe to you. Happy Thanksgiving!
  • May your Thanksgiving be full of love and smiles. My prayers are with you, even though I’m far away.
  • Warm holiday wishes for a Thanksgiving filled with happy blessings! Happy Thanksgiving from across the Miles!

Thanksgiving Wishes for Kids

Children appreciate Thanksgiving because of turkey (which is why they call it Turkey Day) and presents. This is why happy Thanksgiving wishes for kids usually promise presents, treats, and hugs. Cheer up a kid with funny and positive messages!

  • You are my special blessing this day. Happy Thanksgiving!
  • May you have a gobble-gobble good Turkey Day!
  • You are the most special little boy I know! Happy Turkey Day!
  • My warmest hugs to our little gobbler on this Thanksgiving!

The most important thing on a Thanksgiving day is your attention. Tell your friends, family members, and colleagues how much you value and appreciate them with warm and kind words! They will remember it!

Thanksgiving Creative Celebration Ideas for Office

How could a proper Thanksgiving exist without an office celebration? Thanksgiving activities for adults at work have become quite popular in the past few years as the best companies are focused on teambuilding among their workers. Thanksgiving office ideas begin with Thanksgiving party themes. Some ideas offered below will help make this year’s celebration simply unforgettable.

Thanksgiving activities for adults at work

  • The trendiest among all Thanksgiving ideas for work is something similar to the Secret Santa. Each person is assigned a colleague to whom they will present thank you notes during the dinner or lunch organized inside of the company. Additionally, this activity may be turned into potluck – an event where everyone brings one meal from home, to share with everyone else.
  • An office Thanksgiving can also be organized in a less active manner, with just a “Thank You” wall. It could be a collection of simple post-it notes where coworkers throughout the day would stick their thank-you notes for the tiniest things they appreciate.
  • An office Thanksgiving party could also be organized as a story. Similar to the story of the pilgrim that all kids remember, a manager or CEO could write and tell a story of the company and thank everyone for the special contribution to it.
  • Thanksgiving games could also be fun – for example, bowling with pumpkins;
  • One of the popular Thanksgiving themes is also related to food – a recipe contest for the best cook;
  • Another great Thanksgiving party could be organized in the form of volunteering thus showing the spirit of “giving” and being grateful for what one has;
  • A group volunteering activity – such as serving at a soup kitchen – may be a good idea, too;
  • Holding an event, rather than participating in one, may be beneficial for the community – for instance, a local carnival in the community park, or even in the local hospital (of course, with the agreement of the medical staff);
  • Thanksgiving is also a great time for competing for something great – for example, for a donation to a favorite charity;
  • There are many more Thanksgiving party ideas, and one of them may be a hobby or crafts party. It could be a display of handmade production where coworkers could sell or exchange gifts.

Thanksgiving is becoming more popular throughout the world and is no longer celebrated only in Canada and the USA where it was traditionally born. The custom of gratitude is gaining more popularity but so are the raising questions of how best to celebrate this day and how best to congratulate the relatives and friends. There is a multitude of ways to make this day happy and energetic even though the tradition itself goes back to the remembrance of those who passed away and left a mark in this world. Thanksgiving is a deeply spiritual holiday, and no matter which activity is chosen for this day – it must be honored and taken seriously. The goal of all Thanksgiving party ideas is for the people to gather together and share this time remembering the good and letting go of the negative feelings and experiences. Happy Thanksgiving!

The very essence of Thanksgiving is to be thankful for all the blessings. Send a warm Thanksgiving thank you card to express your heartfelt gratitude to all those .

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Happy Thanksgiving Day!

As soon as we take off our Halloween masks, thoughts of goblins give way to thoughts of gobbling. Thanksgiving is the official kickoff to the holiday season and a great time to celebrate with family and friends. It even marks the start of Christmas-music season on the radio. But even Scrooge has to love Thanksgiving. It arrives before we have a chance to get stressed out over all the Christmas hype and the holiday season. You don’t hear folks complaining about having to send out Thanksgiving cards, do you? And who can complain about a delicious Turkey Day feast? Who doesn’t love pumpkin pie?

A Native American Holiday

History books tell us our present-day Thanksgiving celebration traces its roots back to Plymouth, Massachusetts. It started in November of 1621, a year after the Pilgrims docked at Plymouth Rock. At that point, the 50-odd survivors of the 102 folks that had sailed on the Mayflower had a lot to be thankful for. First of all, they survived. Secondly, they managed to network successfully with some Native Americans who helped make the holiday native to the United States.

In March of 1621, Samoset, a member of the Abenaki tribe, came into the Pilgrim’s camp. He spoke enough English to communicate — barely — with the Pilgrims. A few days later, he paid a return visit and brought along a friend who spoke better English. This was Squanto of the Pawtuxet tribe. Squanto’s background had included capture by an English sea captain, enslavement, and escape to London as a fugitive. But heroic Squanto apparently was not the type to carry a grudge. Showing the malnourished newcomers how to grow corn, catch fish, and draw sap from maple trees, he played a key role in enabling the colony to survive and prosper.

A 3-Day Celebration

Squanto also introduced the Pilgrims to the head honcho, Massasoit, chief of the Wampanoags. Thankful for a successful corn harvest, the Pilgrims originally planned to express their gratitude by praying and fasting. But after Massasoit buddied up to William Bradford, the Pilgrim’s Governor, these leaders planned a 3-day celebration — the fast became a feast. We don’t know if the participants actually referred to it as “Thanksgiving.” But the joint celebration heralded the start of a half-century of considerable harmony between the colonists and the Wampanoags.

Unfortunately, this first alliance with the Native Americans — one of the few we can look back on with pride — eventually deteriorated. This set the stage for two centuries of hostilities that occurred throughout the country. Comedian Jon Stewart put it this way “I celebrated Thanksgiving in an old-fashioned way. I invited everyone in my neighborhood to my house, we had an enormous feast, and then I killed them and took their land.”

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Everyone’s Thankful When Thanksgiving Comes Around – When was the First?

While most of us associate the first Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims in Massachusetts, many Virginians are likely to argue the point. In 1619 — a year before the Pilgrims’ arrival — 38 English settlers landed at Berkeley Hundred in Virginia. The London Company, which chartered the voyage, required “that the day of our ships’ arrival at the place assigned … in the land of Virginia shall be yearly and perpetually kept holy as a day of thanksgiving to Almighty God.”

Recognizing the legitimacy of both states’ claims as the birthplace of our Thanksgiving, President John Kennedy issued a tactful proclamation in 1963: “Over three centuries ago,” he declared, “our forefathers in Virginia and Massachusetts, far from home in a lonely wilderness, set aside a time of thanksgiving.”

Others maintain that neither Massachusetts nor Virginia hold the honor. Some contend that the first “Thanksgiving” services in what is now America date back to Spanish explorers in 1589 (San Elizario, Texas) or possibly even 1565 (St. Augustine, Florida).

Fun Thanksgiving Wishes

Gobble till you wobble.

A happy heart is a thankful heart. Happy Thanksgiving!

May the bounty of the season fill your heart and home – Happy Thanksgiving!

Keep calm and gobble on – Happy Thanksgiving!

Thankful we are friends.

May your heart be glad and your home be happy at this joyful time.

After the Gobble Gobble comes the nap nap.

Don’t forget to set your scale back 10 pounds tonight – Happy Thanksgiving.

May your yams be delicious, your pies take the prize, and may your Turkey Day dinner stay off of your thighs.

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Holiday or Holy Day?

Although most Americans currently view the day as a secular holiday, its religious underpinnings are well-documented.

When Governor Bradford held a second Plymouth celebration in 1623 to mark the end of a devastating drought, the event featured less feasting and more fasting than the 1621 celebration. Prayer services took place to seek forgiveness from what was perceived as punishment from God.

The religious aspect of the holiday received additional emphasis from the Puritans, who first arrived in Boston in 1630. They “gave thanksgiving and praise to God’s providence” on days specially set aside for that purpose. The colonists’ desire to express thanks through prayer and celebration was ingrained in them, passed along from similar rituals practiced — in one form or another — for many centuries in the Old World.

Thanksgiving Grows Up and Gets Respect

By the 1660s, New England communities were holding annual harvest festivals, with proclamations of thanks coming primarily from church leaders. During the revolutionary period, various governors also marked favorable events with thanksgiving ceremonies.

In 1789, the newly elected President, George Washington, designated November 26 as the first nationwide celebration, “a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God.”

New York became the first state to adopt an official, annual Thanksgiving holiday in 1817. Other states followed suit, but they each picked their own date of celebration.

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The Woman Behind Your Turkey Day Dinner

Sarah Josepha Hale, magazine editor and author, may be best known for writing “Mary Had a Little Lamb. But in 1827 she began campaigning to have the federal government recognize Thanksgiving as a national holiday. Each year she would publish an editorial promoting such legislation. For 36 years she also wrote letters — to governors, congressmen, and presidents.

Her eventual success may be due to the Civil War. President Lincoln was looking for ways to ensure a continuing sense of unity and purpose among the Northern states. Sarah sent Lincoln her final letter on September 28, 1963. On October 3, he officially proclaimed the final Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day in the hope that it would help “heal the wounds of the nation.” It was not until the 1870s, however, that the South came on board and Thanksgiving truly became a nationwide holiday — only the third national holiday, after Independence Day and Washington’s Birthday.

Best Happy Thanksgiving Quotes

Thanksgiving is a time of togetherness and gratitude.
Nigel Hamilton

We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count.
Neal A. Maxwell

There is always something to be thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving.

Forever on Thanksgiving Day the heart will find the pathway home.
Wilbur D. Nesbit

Give thanks with a grateful heart.

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

Gratitude turns what we have into enough.

Gather together, give thanks, eat pie! Happy Thanksgiving!

If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get.
Frank A. Clark

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When is Thanksgiving?

The holiday remained the last Thursday in November until 1939. That’s when President Franklin Roosevelt decided to move the holiday up a week. The economy, still struggling to get out of the Great Depression, needed a boost. With the holiday a week earlier, Roosevelt figured Christmas shopping would also start a week earlier, boosting retail sales.

America joked about the new holiday as “Franksgiving.” The switch was so unpopular that two years later Roosevelt changed it back — but not exactly. He compromised. Instead of the final Thursday in November, Thanksgiving would now be the fourth Thursday (not necessarily the final Thursday, since, some years, November has five Thursdays). Currently, the holiday still occurs on the fourth Thursday.

For this year, the holiday will be celebrated on Thursday, November 22, 2018.

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The Holiday Meal — Not What it Used to be

Although Pilgrim chronicler Edward Winslow reported that — in preparation for the original 1621 celebration — Governor Bradford sent four men on a “fowling” mission, the fowl were most likely geese or ducks.

Since the Wampanoag guests outnumbered the Pilgrims almost two to one, they did their share of the preparation. We know that they brought five deer with them. And historians believe Native American spices and cooking methods played a big part in meal preparation.

Lobsters, oysters, eel, cod, and bass reportedly were on the table as well. It’s fun to imagine how participants ate these items. Their tables were set with only knives and spoons — forks hadn’t been invented yet! And eel doesn’t seem to fit the image of a finger food.

Let’s Talk Turkey

Turkey today plays such a key role in our tradition that the holiday is often referred to as “turkey day.” Even back in the 18th century, Ben Franklin called for the turkey, not the eagle, to be designated as the National Bird.

In those days, the only turkeys in America were wild. Wild turkeys can fly and are able to run 20 miles an hour. Today’s domesticated turkeys are a different breed. Because the breast meat is the most popular part of the turkey, these birds have been bred to have large breasts. As a result, they not only are unable to fly but generally cannot even mate — the breast size blocks the male from mounting the female. Turkey producers usually rely on artificial insemination.

Today, the average turkey weighs 15 pounds. The heaviest turkey on record tipped the scales at 86 pounds. Consumers purchase about 280 million turkeys for each Thanksgiving, and 91% of Americans eat turkey on that day. Vegetarians can eat “turkey” made with tofu.

In 1953, turkey helped bring about the invention of the frozen TV dinner! When a salesman learned that Swanson had 250 pounds of extra turkey on hand, he suggested they load it onto compartmentalized aluminum trays, along with a few other sides. And the rest is history.

How We Celebrate Today

The holiday weekend is the biggest travel time of the year as distant family members decide, “There’s no place like home for the holidays.”

For most of us, Thanksgiving has become primarily secular rather than religious. It’s largely concerned with pleasing the palate — and not just with turkey. Besides working to make Thanksgiving official, Sarah Josepha Hale printed recipes featuring many of the foods that typically comprise the holiday meal: Sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin and apple pies. Campbell’s Soup created a green bean casserole recipe for Thanksgiving that became largely responsible for selling $20 million worth of cream of mushroom soup.

Americans probably consume a fair amount of their Turkey Day bounty in front of their TVs. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade is an annual tradition that attracts a huge TV audience, as well as two to three million spectators. Marching bands, celebrities atop enormous floats, and giant balloons representing famous cartoon characters are dramatic features of the parade today. But when it began in 1924 it consisted of real animals from Central Park Zoo and about 400 Macy’s employees.

Of course, football fans can enjoy a tripleheader of televised NFL games running from early in the afternoon to late at night. But if you’d rather be a participant in sports rather than an observer, you can join one of the countless turkey trots — formal and informal — held coast to coast on or around Thanksgiving. These events are popular because they burn off calories before the big meal. Many of these footraces also raise money for various charities — the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot has raised nearly $8 million.

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Turkey Day Traditions

In 1947, President Truman initiated an annual ceremony in which one lucky turkey receives a presidential pardon. After President Obama pardoned a 45-pound turkey named Courage, the bird went to California for appointment as Grand Marshal of Disneyland’s Thanksgiving Day parade.

In most homes, the Turkey Day traditions are not as newsworthy as those emanating from the White House. But we all do what we can to make the day special. Some homes engage in the breaking of the wishbone. Two people make a wish and grab either side of the wishbone from the turkey’s chest. Folklore states that — when they split the bone — whoever ends up with the longer piece will have their wish granted.

In my own family growing up, my dad literally scored a turkey in a bowling tournament. As his prize, he visited a turkey farm where he was able to pick out a turkey to bring home for the big day. As my dad told the story, “There were turkeys as far as the eye could see, but I spotted one head that stood high above all the others.” That’s the bird my dad selected. When he brought it home, my mom couldn’t fit it in the oven!

Everybody’s Holiday

This national holiday cuts across religious and geographic boundaries. From Canada to Liberia, the Netherlands to the Philippines, some form of Thanksgiving is celebrated. The desire to give thanks is apparently a universal human quality. Maybe Henry David Thoreau expressed it best. “I am grateful for what I am and have,” he said. “My thanksgiving is perpetual.”

–Art Novak

Art Novak is an Emmy-winning writer, novelist, and Professor Emeritus at Savannah College of Art and Design.



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Thanksgiving Day is the perfect time to remind one another of the many reasons there are to be grateful. Whether you’re gathered around the table, crafting your Thanksgiving card, or just in need of a little reminder, these Happy Thanksgiving messages and well wishes will help you count your blessings this season.

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Happy Thanksgiving Messages for Family and Friends

Although sending out holiday cards is most closely associated with Christmas, there is certainly something special about receiving a Thanksgiving message from those nearest and dearest to you. These heartfelt messages will serve as the perfect introduction to your holiday season.

Go beyond the norm and craft a Thanksgiving blessing that will not only make your recipients smile, but also help you get back to what really matters during this time of the year. Mix and match the messages below or customize them with your own wishes for a humble seasons’ greetings to share around the table, in a greeting card or in your Thanksgiving party invitations.

  • Happy Thanksgiving!
  • Happy Thanksgiving Day!
  • Have a blessed Thanksgiving!
  • Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
  • May all the good things of life be yours, not only at Thanksgiving but throughout the coming year.
  • Our homes may be far apart, but our hearts are as close as always.
  • There have been times when I forgot to thank you for being there for me. I take this day to tell you how special you are and how great my life has become because of you. Have a memorable Thanksgiving.
  • Thanksgiving is more than the festivities, it gives us time to ponder upon what lessons we learnt and how we can spread happiness around, to look back at all the great memories and good people who came into our lives. We appreciate you so much. Happy Thanksgiving Day to you and your loved ones.
  • At this time of Thanksgiving celebration, our thoughts turn gratefully to you with warm appreciation. Our best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving.
  • Being a family means you are part of something very wonderful. It means you will love and be loved for the rest of your life. No matter what. Happy Thanksgiving!
  • Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. Happy Thanksgiving to those closest to my heart.

Thanksgiving Wishes for Family and Friends

Express warm Thanksgiving blessings and elevate your sentiments with a few touching Thanksgiving wishes. Your thanksgiving wishes should be filled with gratitude and appreciation. These words will add charm to your message and give your recipient the important reminder and appreciation he or she needs, now and always. This Thanksgiving, send a message that will be cherished for a lifetime.

  • May the good things of life be yours in abundance not only at Thanksgiving but throughout the coming year.
  • May you enjoy a bountiful Thanksgiving, a joyous holiday season and healthful, Happy New Year.
  • A special greeting of Thanksgiving time to express to you our sincere appreciation for your confidence and loyalty. We are deeply thankful and extend to you our best wishes for a happy and healthy Thanksgiving Day.
  • One of the joys of Thanksgiving is wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season.
  • At this time of Thanksgiving we pause to count our blessings. The freedom of this great country in which we live. It’s opportunity for achievement. The friendship and confidence you have shown in us. For all of these things we are deeply thankful. Our best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving.
  • Thanksgiving for people is…The morning sun and the setting moon, The cheerful bird and the dancing mood, The silent waters and the playful dunes, But more than that I cherish you. Wishing you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving Day.
  • Gratitude is the heart’s memory. Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.
  • 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.
  • November is the time to be thankful, a time to remember and to embrace those who enrich our lives. I’m thankful for a lot of things, but I’m most thankful for you.
  • Because today is a special day, I want to let you know that I appreciate you every single day. Happy Thanksgiving wishes!
  • Thank you Mom and Dad for giving me food, shelter and unconditional love.
  • Thank you Mom for always making spectacular meals throughout the years! Thanksgiving won’t be the same without your special dishes.
  • A heartfelt thanks to you on this day, for being my guide, my teacher and my father. Happy Thanksgiving Dad!

Happy Thanksgiving Wishes For Everyone

If you are unsure of what to say to your card recipient, these general Happy Thanksgiving wishes for everyone, can be used to complete your message.

  • Here’s a heartwarming thanks to you for the hope, peace and joy that you bring to my life.
  • Hope that you’re surrounded with the love of your dear ones on this festive season. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
  • I’m really glad that we’re family. Thanking God for having you in my life on this special day.
  • Thanksgiving wishes from across the miles from our house to yours. May your home be filled with laughter and happiness!
  • Sending you my warm wishes from home to home and from heart to heart to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving! May this day be a beautiful reminders of the wonderful things in life.
  • November is the time to be thankful, a time to remember and to embrace those who enrich our lives. I’m thankful for a lot of things, but I’m most thankful for You!
  • Wish you a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving!
  • Wishing you the gift of faith and the blessing of hope this thanksgiving day!
  • We gather on this day to be thankful for what we have, for the family we love, the friends we cherish, and for the blessings that will come. Happy Thanksgiving!
  • May your blessings be multiplied this year and throughout all your life. Happy Thanksgiving wishes to you!
  • Wishing you a harvest of blessings, good health and good times. Happy Thanksgiving day!
  • Here’s to enjoying the company of good friends and family. I wish you a happy Thanksgiving!
  • May you enjoy the feast and the company of your family on Thanksgiving day.
  • May you enjoy this celebration with your family full of laughter and peace. Happy Thanksgiving greetings!

Happy Thanksgiving Messages For Colleagues

Don’t forget to wish those you work with a bountiful holiday too. You’ll want to keep your Happy Thanksgiving messages for colleagues professional but still carry out your charm with the words you select.

  • Working with you has always been enjoyable and inspiring! Happy Thanksgiving to you.
  • It’s a pleasure working with you. Happy Thanksgiving!
  • Thanksgiving is just one more day to say working with you has always been so wonderful.
  • I’m thankful for all that you do.

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Wishing You a Wonderful Holiday! Happy Thanksgiving Card

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Thanksgiving reflects a special time of year and season where we give thanks to those around us and thanks for all that we have. To share this special time together, here is a look at some of the best Thanksgiving greeting card sayings to help you spread the cheer.

“A special greeting of Thanksgiving time to express to you our sincere appreciation for your confidence and loyalty. We are deeply thankful and extend to you our best wishes for a happy and healthy Thanksgiving Day.”

“At this time of Thanksgiving celebration our thoughts turn gratefully to you with warm appreciation.”

“At this time of Thanksgiving we pause to count our blessings. The freedom of this great country in which we live. It’s opportunity for achievement. The friendship and confidence you have shown in us. For all of these things we are deeply thankful. Our best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving.”

“Best Wishes for a Wonderful Holiday Season and a New Year filled with Peace and Happiness.”

“Family and Friends are a wonderful part of the Thanksgiving Holiday!”

“Holiday Greetings and Best Wishes for a New Year of Happiness in a World of Peace.”

“Hope this Season is Packed with Fun! Happy Holidays!”

“Let us cherish family and friends this Holiday Season.”

“May the good things of life be yours in abundance not only at Thanksgiving but throughout the coming year.”

“May the many gifts of this blessed season be yours.”

“May you enjoy a bountiful Thanksgiving, a joyous Holiday Season and healthful, Happy New Year.”

“One of the joys of Thanksgiving is wishing you a happy Holiday Season and a healthy and prosperous New Year.”

“The gift of love, the gift of peace The gift of happiness… May these be yours this Holiday Season.”

“Whatever is beautiful, Whatever is meaningful, Whatever brings you happiness… May it be yours this Holiday Season and throughout the coming year!”

“Wishing you a beautiful holiday and a New Year of peace and happiness.”

“Wishing you a season filled with warm moments and cherished memories.”

“Wishing you all the Hope, Wonder, and Joy that the Season can bring!”

“Wishing you every happiness this Holiday Season and throughout the coming year! May Joy and Peace be yours throughout the New Year.”

“Wishing you peace, health and happiness throughout the year.”

“With every wish for a very Happy Thanksgiving and the Happiest of New Years.”

Thanksgiving is known as a special time each year that is celebrated but there are some little known facts about this beloved American tradition.

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