Right Way to Celebrate Thanksgiving with Inspirational Prayers and Gratitude Quotations

by WriterArtist

Thanksgiving is for giving Thanks. You can show gratitude in many ways which is the real essence of the celebration. This is also how Thanksgiving should be ideally celebrated.

Do you think you celebrate Thanksgiving in the right manner and spirit?

Do you need some Inspirational Prayers on Thanksgiving and Gratitude Quotations for this special day?

What is the Right Way to Celebrate Thanksgiving Day?

North Americans celebrate the Thanksgiving Day to show gratitude to all, forgive and have a great time together with their family and friends. They seek and give blessings to people they meet and enjoy this day along with the entire citizens of the country to specially commemorate the many factors that have contributed to the nation’s growth and thank the Almighty for the great yield and harvest of Fall season.

Unfortunately, to many folks, the real connotation of the Thanksgiving is lost. For a country which has seen many upheavals and economy dooms, it has become just another day of gourmet meals, sumptuous dinners, devouring parties, lavish extravaganzas and eating freaks.

What does Thanksgiving hold for you?
If you feel you could do your bit of work for the world, however small – it is the right gesture.

Sadly, people around the world seem to have forgotten the real essence of Thanksgiving Day and where these benevolent blessings surfaced from?

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Thanksgiving White Pilgrim Couple with Child in Prayer Statue

Paying Gratitude in Thanksgiving


Lonely and deserted as castaways, a secluded ship drifted across the vastness of Atlantic Ocean. Burning with desire and a gleam for a life free of restrictions, the pilgrim’s prayers were answered. Battling with the odds, they arrived in the land of America to survive their first harsh and freezing winter. Basking in the warmth and glory of the sun rays, they were filled with gratitude.

Commencing from the zealous voyage across the Atlantic sea to braving the extremely ruthless waters, these early settlers embarked upon the journey of establishing the foundation of American history and Thanksgiving traditions. When we think of Thanksgiving, we cannot help but remember and marvel the delicious Thanksgiving feast and the excitement and wonders of the pilgrims who survived the dangerous journey giving a hope to the new generation.

Thomas Kinkade Angel Of Grace Thanksgiving Figurine

Thomas Kinkade's Lamplight Village "Grateful Hearts Gather Here" Thanksgiving Art Platter by The Bradford Exchange

Thomas Kinkade Tabletop Angel Sculpture: Blessings Of The Season by The Bradford Exchange

The Voyage of Pilgrims


Once secure and landed in the country, the Pilgrims offered prayers and commenced constructing roofs for the sick and ill who had embarked and survived the ruthless journey. Even though the Pilgrims began building quick sanctuaries, they were quite ill-equipped and undernourished to brave the sickness and a callous winter of New England. The population reduced to almost half of their strength that had arrived in the new world fighting the odds of the ruthless sea-voyage.

 Still, daring in hearts, having faith in prayer and supported by helpful Native Indians, they were rewarded with a profuse yield the following fall season with their consistent efforts and perseverance.

 The ever grateful Pilgrims were known to have declared a three-day feast, in the month of November to thank the deities and to celebrate the Thanksgiving event with their Native Indian friends. It is to note that this was not the first Thanksgiving Day in United States, it was however the country’s first Thanksgiving festive event.

Thus what followed is history, paying gratitude is the way Thanksgiving is celebrated; it is embedded and inherited from the day Thanksgiving originated.


Way to celebrate Thanksgiving?

Hummel Figurine - Thanksgiving Prayer

Inspirational Prayers on Thanksgiving

Here are some prayers and Quotations that I gathered from the net. I love to recite them often, hoping that you also enjoy them on the festive event.

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!

~Author Unknown

The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts.  No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving. 

~H.U. Westermayer

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

Gratitude Quotations


How wonderful it would be if we could help our children and grandchildren to learn thanksgiving at an early age. Thanksgiving opens the doors. It changes a child's personality. A child is resentful, negative—or thankful. Thankful children want to give, they radiate happiness, they draw people.

~Sir John Templeton

You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.

~G.K. Chesterton

Would you know who is the greatest saint in the world: It is not he who prays most or fasts most, it is not he who gives most alms or is most eminent for temperance, chastity or justice; but it is he who is always thankful to God, who wills everything that God wills, who receives everything as an instance of God’s goodness and has a heart always ready to praise God for it.

~William Law



Thanksgiving Prayer on YouTube

Updated: 11/13/2013, WriterArtist
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How do you express gratitude on Thanksgiving?

WriterArtist on 09/07/2014

Hi ologsinquito - That's the perfect way of celebrating. I love family dinners.

ologsinquito on 11/13/2013

I try to thank God for all He has given us. Just the fact that we're well enough to get up in the morning and have enough to eat means that we are blessed. We always have a nice family dinner, with relatives on Thanksgiving.

The Hummel figurine of the little boy praying is very cute. My late grandmother loved Hummels.

WriterArtist on 11/13/2013

Hi Mira - Hope you realize your dream of making a large Thanksgiving dinner. I understand there are way too many festivals during the Fall and it becomes difficult to keep the pace.

DerdriuMarriner on 11/13/2013

WriterArtist, Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I always take out time for Thanksgiving so that it does not disappear in the rush between Hallowe'en and Christmas. I love the basic fixin's for Thanksgiving and the theme of giving thanks.
The angels by Thomas Kinkade which you include are charmingly lovely.
Also I appreciate the scene from "Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman" with Johnny Cash singing the wonderful "Thanksgiving Prayer."
Thank you for taking the time to write a fitting tribute to Thanksgiving.

Mira on 11/13/2013

I've been meaning to host a "serious"/large Thanksgiving dinner for some years now, with lots of food, but somehow Thanksgiving comes too fast and there's not enough time to prepare. Because I'd need to do the dishes twice, and so on. Maybe one day :)

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