Monday, July 15, 2024

Ode To Thanksgiving


Orna Rawls
Stratford Crier Board of Directors

Millions of people celebrate Thanksgiving, with many of us traveling to spend the day with loved ones, express gratitude, and share a meal together.(Would that be Over the River and Through the Woods to Grandmother’s House We Go). According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), more than 54 million Americans travel over 50 miles or more on Thanksgiving.

Many Americans also use this holiday to help the less fortunate. Hosting a food drive is common, as is preparing free dinners for the hungry. The sense of community and thanks has given way to many powerful quotes and sayings reiterating these feelings.

Below is a collection of quotes, sayings, and puns to get you and your family in the festive mood.

Many people have shared their thoughts about Thanksgiving and being thankful .In a study by Statista, 50% of Americans reported that celebrating Thanksgiving is very important, while 70% of Americans think Thanksgiving is a holiday to spend time with family. Of the millions of people celebrating this holiday, many feel the need to express their gratitude and take inspiration from others.

Thanksgiving Quotes The Good, The Bad, and The Punny!

  • “When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” — Willie Nelson
  • “Appreciation can change a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put into words is all that is necessary.” — Margaret Cousins
  • “Gratitude can transform common days into Thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” — William Arthur Ward
  • “If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.” — W. Clement Stone
  • “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” — Oprah Winfrey
  • “Thanksgiving dinners take 18 hours to prepare. They are consumed in 12 minutes. Halftimes take 12 minutes. This is not coincidence.” — Erma Bombeck
  • “When asked if my cup is half-full or half-empty, my only response is that I am thankful I have a cup.” — Sam Lefkowitz
  • “We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” — John F. Kennedy
  • “Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have
    roses.” — Alphonse Karr
  • “The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but the thankful heart will find, in
    every hour, some heavenly blessings.” — Henry Ward Beecher
  • “We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are
    conscious of our treasures.” — Thornton Wilder
  • “I like football. I find it’s an exciting strategic game. It’s a great way to avoid
    conversation with your family at Thanksgiving.” — Craig Ferguson
  • “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 W. Clarke
  • “When you give and carry out acts of kindness, it’s as though something inside your body responds and says, ‘Yes, this is how I ought to feel.’” — Rabbi Harold Kushner

Thanksgiving Puns
Thanksgiving can also be fun and whimsical. Often during happy gatherings, people like to bring humor to the table, just remember, “Laughter is the best medicine”!

  • Oh my gourd!
  • Gobble until you wobble
  • Feast mode
  • I’m all about that baste
  • Corn you believe it?
  • That’s a-maize-ing
  • I yam who I yam
  • Cheater, cheater, pumpkin eater
  • B-autumns up
  • Fowl play
  • Turnip the beat
  • Taters gonna tate
  • Easy as pie!

Thanksgiving Sayings

  • There’s always something to be thankful for
  • There’s always room for seconds
  • Give thanks with a grateful heart
  • Pumpkin spice and everything nice
  • Thankful and blessed
  • Leftovers are for quitters
  • Eat, drink, and be thankful
  • In all things give thanks
  • Let our lives be full of both thanks and giving
  • Gather here with grateful hearts
  • Get your pie on
  • It’s turkey time
  • Keep calm and gobble on
  • Count your blessings

And to close, we leave you with these thoughts:

“Piglet noticed that although he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude.” A.A. Milne

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received,
Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling,
Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse”
Henry Van Dyke

We at the Stratford Crier wish all of you a Blessed Holiday.


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