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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
Happy birthday to the world's best mom-in-law! You're classy, intelligent, and caring. Basically, everything I aspire to be. Thanks for showing me how it's done. 4.
My daughter has been married to “Peter” for eight years and they have two awesome girls, 4 and 1. They live near his parents. Thus, his parents can enjoy seeing their granddaughters at least once a week.
My wife and I organize a family reunion every Thanksgiving with our two sons, daughter, their spouses and kids. My sons and their families are always eager to attend, one of them flying from Europe.
My daughter and her family are not coming this year because Peter says they must go to his parents’ house for Thanksgiving.
Is this fair? His parents can enjoy the kids whenever they wish, while all we are asking is a day for a family reunion. Money is not an obstacle. I usually pay for flights, hotel, etc.
— Sad Grandfather
Ooh. You used the F word.
You are asking only for one day a year, yes, to their 50-to-200-ish days.
But you are also asking for the same holiday every year. While if I were those parents I would grant you that, gladly (and gratefully for my enormous proximity advantage), I also understand that people are funny about their holidays and their kids and grandchildren. I’ve heard over the years from plenty who live close by and see their families often and are still are saddened they will never see X branch of their family on Y holiday, therefore never sharing this or that cherished tradition with them.
Perspective counts, of course, and — again — putting myself in the position of the in-town relatives, I would concede Thanksgiving without hesitation to the out-of-towners, because my advantage is that steep.
But in addition to their having a possibility of a point about Thanksgiving, there’s also nothing at the end of the “It’s not fair!” road except resentment and hard feelings. This is not a court case or a track meet. There’s no set of laws or rules spelling out what you win. These are families with full autonomy to blow you off for no reason. The best outcome you can hope for lies in your ability to be cheerful, understanding and flexible about what this young family needs.
“We’ve had a monopoly on Thanksgiving, I understand that. But we miss you guys! And this is the one time our family gathers. Can we arrange another time to have you come here?”
Deep breathing until you can say this to your daughter without blurting out, “… AND THEY SEE YOU ALL THE FREAKING TIME.” Because if being right were all you needed to get your way, then advice columns wouldn’t have made it out of the 1600s.
You are right. Now for your own sake, release that and go to Plan B.
My mother means well, but she knows no boundaries.
When I moved into my current home with my husband, “John,” and our 7-year-old son three years ago, we invited my mother over to see the new house. We were annoyed but not surprised when she found our spare key and made a copy for herself.
Since then, she has seen herself in at any time, without calling in advance. When we are not home she moves our furniture around, rinses our dirty dishes without soap and puts them away (still dirty). She throws out things she assumes are trash — including my debit card recently and, in the past, my diamond earrings. John went dumpster-diving to rescue them. Last week she tried on John’s glasses and then lost them. We later found them bent and buried in a hamper full of our dirty laundry.
I’ve told her repeatedly that while we appreciate the gesture very much, it is not necessary and we would appreciate if she left our house chores to us.
My mother is very sensitive and emotional, so it is particularly difficult to discuss these concerns without her getting defensive and causing a scene in front of our son (yelling at us, sobbing uncontrollably, guilting him into being mad at John and me for saying anything to her). We try our best to de-escalate these scenes, but the only bait she’ll take is in the form of profuse apologies and admission of being wrong. We’re getting nowhere. Any advice?
Change! The! Locks!
And please, please talk to a good family therapist, by yourself. You’re right, Mama has boundary issues to spare, but that’s her side of the boundary. An ability to hold your side is all you ever need.
That small obstacle is Everest, though, unless you know how to clear it — and with your mother as your primary teacher, of course you weren’t taught how. No shame there.
But do rectify this now by getting professional guidance to understand the dynamic, learn to say “no” and hold firm through a scene. Your mom’s, your son’s, anybody’s.
Not that you can make her get it, but your mom clearly needs help of her own. Remember this when she feels too strong to resist.
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Looking back now, 11 years later, falling in love was so easy. We were attracted to each other, we were both single, we didn't have many serious responsibilities yet, and we had plenty of time. Time to get to know one another and how to care for each other. Time to adventure together and learn who we were both as a couple and as individuals, too.
We now have seven years of marriage under our belts and six years of parenthood. Every day we're learning how to be a stronger team throughout the curveballs life (and our kids) throw at us.
(And believe me, there are plenty.)
Like a toddler who could most likely climb to the top of the Empire State Building without ropes, Free Solo style. Or the bed wetting. Or the crib escaping. Or all the childcare puzzle pieces. Or the beauty and pain of watching our kids need us less as they become more independent. Or the daily doses of attitudes, whining fits, and meltdowns—all from three children who we created ourselves.
These curveballs can feel like a lot. Some days are so exhausting, I could fall asleep the second you walk through the door.
And some days are so trying, I could drive off into the sunset the second you walk through the door. (I would come back, I promise.)
These years that we've been raising young children together have felt heavy because they're full. Full of twists and turns, of guilt and exhaustion, of happiness and growth.
They've felt heavy because of the weight. The weight of the worries on our minds, the anxiety in our hearts, the stress on our bodies.
And through it all, I see you, and all the many ways you care for me.
The little things are so huge to me, especially after a long day.
Like making a cup of my favorite tea and delivering it to me on the couch. Bringing home Ben & Jerry's when you can tell my texts are short and so, my fuse might be, too.
Giving me a back rub when I complain about my aches. Watching the movies I pick out over and over again without complaining.
Listening to me vent without looking at your phone or brushing my worries off to move onto something else. Sitting with me when I need to cry. Reassuring me when I feel like I have no idea what I'm doing.
The mornings that start with you delivering me a cup of coffee in bed before you head to work are the BEST. It may seem like a small act of love, but it feels like a big, giant hug from you. (And I love getting those from you, too.)
You're the sole weekend diaper changer because you're at work during most of the weekday changes. You're the laundry master, the middle-of-the-night potty helper, the toy assembler, the hair washer and consequently, the soap-getter-out-of-the-eyer.
You're my partner, my equal. My spouse and my best friend.
All the little things that you do for me, for us, add up to a huge pile of gratefulness, respect, validation and appreciation.
They show me—like I aim to show you by the way I care for you—that you see me as a human. Not just the mother of your children. Not just the family chef. Not just the breastfeeder. Not just the chauffeur. Not just the magic maker, boo-boo healer, or errand-runner.
You see that woman you fell in love with 11 years ago. The woman I've grown into. The woman I'm aspiring to be; always aiming to better myself. You notice the effort I'm putting in and you look me in the eyes to let me know you're proud.
That's the big stuff. And I'm grateful for that too.
You see me trying to dig out from under all this motherhood and find myself again. Did I get lost? I'm not sure exactly. I mostly think I've just evolved. Am evolving. But I do think I've lost touch with myself a little along the way, and you're always encouraging me to find my way back.
Thank you for the little stuff, the big stuff. The invisible stuff, the grandeur stuff. The simple stuff, the complicated stuff. The stuff that comes easy to you, the stuff that you'd probably rather not do but you do anyway because you love me.
Thank you for being in this with me.
Thank you for staying steady when I'm standing on shaky ground.
And thank you for catching those curveballs when I can't.
Pick any few of these mother in law quotes to share with her and make your My mother-in-law fell down a wishing well. I said, “No thanks.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving! Hoping your Thanksgiving is filled with blessings and joy.
Sending you double blessings as you celebrate the Festival of Lights and Thanksgiving.
At this season of Thanksgiving, may your family have lots of happy and fun times.
Happy Thanksgiving to my wonderful friend,
May the love and goodwill of this time never end!
The gift of wonderful friends is the nicest blessing of all. You are in my heart and prayers all year, and, especially during this special season.
Some friendships become more beautiful over time. Thank you for the color you add to my life! I wish you a heartfelt Thanksgiving.
Happy Thanksgiving I wish you once more,
May precious moments be in store!
Fond thoughts for you and those with you at this special season of Thanksgiving.
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!
To live a life of gratitude is to catch a glimpse of heaven. Many Blessings to you on this Thanksgiving Day.
Across the miles, wishing you a Happy and Joyful season of Thanksgiving, with love.
You are a very special blessing to us. May love, joy and happiness be yours in abundance this holiday season.
Thanksgiving is a great chance for reflection and family time - May yours be blessed!
When my thoughts turn to things we are grateful for, you are at the top of the list! Warm wishes for a beautiful Thanksgiving.
Thinking of you with a grateful heart during this Autumn season and sending you all the best for Thanksgiving Day.
Give thanks with a grateful heart. Happy wishes for the people in your life!
Blessings from our home to yours! Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving messages are easy to say, but I truly now wish you the best ever day.
Thanksgiving wishes this special day, for you and all who come to stay!
Thanksgiving wishes I'm sending your way,
Eat, drink and be merry - what more can I say?
I count you among my many blessings. Thinking of you and sending warm wishes for a bright and beautiful holiday!
Greetings! Hoping that this Thanksgiving 2018 will be your best one yet!
It's a gift to be able to give many thanks
For the small things in your life,
For the kind words and smiles.
May the candles burn brightly
And offer you peace,
On this special day,
May your blessings increase!
Having a heart of gratitude leads to great things. Wishing you and your family Thanksgiving love and joy.
May the spirit of Thanksgiving fill your heart and home with warmth, love and happy memories.
Congratulations, as we celebrate this most blessed season of Thanksgiving and great abundance!
You're in my thoughts and prayers. Hoping this day holds all the warmth, contentment, and love of a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving.
Sending best wishes with gratitude and appreciation for you. May your blessings outnumber autumn leaves!
It's time time for counting all of our many blessings! One of my greatest blessings is having a wonderful ** like you!
Thanksgiving wishes from across the miles from our house to yours. May your home be filled with laughter and happiness!
Where's your fat turkey?! May the forks be with you!
May God bless your Thanksgiving season with endless peace, joy and love.
I am grateful and happy that you are my friend. With love and wishes for a very Happy Thanksgiving!
There is always something for which to be thankful. May you enjoy all the simple pleasures this beautiful season has to offer.
Wishing my wonderful Mother-in-law the happiest of Thanksgiving celebrations. Mom, may God continue to shower unlimited blessings of joy.