Thanksgiving may only come once a year but we can count our blessings ever day. Give thanks to friends and family with these inspirational thanksgiving messages, poems and sayings. 

Thanksgiving Messages, Poems and Sayings

The first ever Thanksgiving was celebrated by Pilgrims and Wampanoag Native Americans in Plymouth, America in November 1621. They gave thanks for the Autumn harvest and ate a feast of clams, lobster, ham, pumpkins, venison and waterfowl.

These days, a traditional Thanksgiving meal usually features turkey, cranberries, potatoes, stuffing and pumpkin pie. Families travel from far away to be together for this important occasion.

Thanks to the tireless campaigning of the writer Sarah Josepha Hale, Thanksgiving was established as a National Holiday. During the Civil War on October 3 1863, President Abraham Lincoln declared a national day of Thanksgiving.

It was originally celebrated on 26 November. There’s also a Canadian Thanksgiving Day, on the second Monday in October each year.

In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill that established Thanksgiving Day as the fourth Thursday in the month of November each year.

Here are 50 of our favorite Thanksgiving greetings, messages and quotes. You can adapt quite a few of these to use them throughout the year.

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Thanksgiving Messages

It doesn’t really matter how you say thank you, the important thing is to do so. If you’re stuck for inspiration, these Thanksgiving messages should certainly help! Check out these inspiring Fall quotes for more suggestions.

Be grateful for all that you have in life. Happy Thanksgiving Day!

For the bounty of the year; for the friends that we hold dear; for new blessings on the way, lets give thanks today

Happy Thanksgiving to my dear family and friends. I am blessed to have you in my life.

Here’s hoping that your Thanksgiving and the days ahead are filled with joy.

Here’s to sharing the company of close friends and family on this Thanksgiving day.

I want to thank you for your friendship and kindness. Happy Thanksgiving.

Let’s give thanks to our belts, which will work extra hard to keep our pants up today!

May this harvest remind us of the abundance of nature and how blessed we are to experience it. Happy Thanksgiving Day.

May the warm glow of Autumn surround you on Thanksgiving Day. 

May your home be filled with joy and happiness on this special Thanksgiving Day.

50 best Thanksgiving messages and sayings

Sincere thanks for your guidance, friendship and kindness. I’m thankful to have you in my life.

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect upon the lessons learnt throughout the year and to look forward to an amazing year ahead.

Thank you for always being there for me. Wishing you a joyous Thanksgiving.

Warm thoughts of appreciation for you on this Thanksgiving Day.

We gather today to give thanks for our family, friends and good health. 

We wish you a harvest of blessings and a lifetime of happiness and health.

Wishing you a bountiful Thanksgiving and a healthy, happy year ahead.

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Thanksgiving Poems

If you prefer Thanksgiving poems to quotations or sayings, these are some of the most uplifting ones. 

Count your blessings instead of your crosses;
Count your gains instead of your losses.
Count your joys instead of your woes;
Count your friends instead of your foes.
Count your smiles instead of your tears;
Count your courage instead of your fears.
Count your full years instead of your lean;
Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.
Count your health instead of your wealth;
Count on God instead of yourself.
Anonymous

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
Extremely slow,
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!
Lydia Maria Child

Take a turkey, stuff it fat,
Some of this and some of that.
Get some turnips, peel them well.
Cook a big squash in its shell.
Now potatoes, big and white,
Mash till they are soft and light.
Cranberries, so tart and sweet,
With the turkey we must eat.
Pickles-yes-and then, oh my!
For a dessert a pumpkin pie,
Golden brown and spicy sweet.
What a fine Thanksgiving treat!
Maude M. Grant

When all the leaves are off the boughs,
And nuts and apples gathered in,
And cornstalks waiting for the cows,
And pumpkins safe in barn and bin,
Then Mother says, “My children dear,
The fields are brown, and autumn flies;
Thanksgiving Day is very near,
And we must make thanksgiving pies!
Anonymous

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Thanksgiving Sayings and Quotes

Enjoy these thought provoking sayings and quotes about Thanksgiving. Many of them work for greetings throughout the year.

Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.
Eckhart Tolle

An attitude of gratitude brings great things.
Yogi Bhajan

Be thankful for what you have. Your life is someone else’s fairy tale.
Wale Ayeni

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

Give thanks for a little and you will find a lot.
Anonymous

50 Thanksgiving Messages, Poems and Sayings

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.
William Arthur Ward

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

He who thanks but with the lips thanks but in part; the full, the true Thanksgiving comes from the heart.
J.A. Shedd

Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don’t unravel.
Anonymous

I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.
Henry David Thoreau

If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.
Meister Eckhart

If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.
W. Clement Stone

Thanksgiving Messages, Poems and Sayings

It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.
David Steindl-Rast

It is not happy people who are thankful. It is thankful people who are happy.
Anonymous

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
Marcel Proust

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

Look at everything as though you were seeing it for the first or the last time, then your time on earth will be filled with glory.
Betty Smith

Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.
Seneca

Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart - 50 Thanksgiving quotes and messages

O Lord that lends me life,
Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness.
William Shakespeare

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

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

Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day.
Robert Caspar Lintner

The more you practice the art of thankfulness, the more you have to be thankful for.
Norman Vincent Peale

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The thing I’m most thankful for right now is elastic waistbands.
Anonymous

We must find the time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.
John F. Kennedy

We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.
Friedrich Koenig

What if today, we were just grateful for everything?
Charlie Brown

When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.
Maya Angelou

When you love what you have, you have everything you need.
Anonymous

We hope that you’ve found this selection of Thanksgiving messages, poems and quotations useful. Which of these is your favorite? How do you celebrate Thanksgiving in your home?

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