Thankful Vibes and Pumpkin Pies: Things You Can Be Grateful For on Thanksgiving Day

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Ideas on What to be Thankful For on Thanksgiving 2024


Ah, the annual tradition of going around the Thanksgiving table and sharing what we’re thankful for. Cue the awkward smiles and nervous glances! It’s like a verbal game of musical chairs, but instead of finding a seat, we’re all searching for that perfect heartfelt response.

Uncle Bob might mumble something about being thankful for his new fishing rod, while Cousin Sarah might blush and say she’s grateful for her new crush. And of course, there’s always that one person who insists on being profound and philosophical, leaving the rest of us scratching our heads.

As the spotlight shifts from one person to the next, we all try to come up with something unique, heartfelt, and, let’s face it, not too cheesy. It’s like a Thanksgiving performance, and we’re all trying to win the “Best Thankful Speech” award.

But amidst the awkwardness and fumbling for words, there’s something heartwarming about this tradition. It’s a moment to pause and reflect on the small joys and big blessings that color our lives. We realize that, despite our quirks and goofiness, we are surrounded by a loving bunch who support and cherish us.

So, let’s embrace the hilariously awkward “thankful” round and raise our glasses to this beautiful, imperfect family ritual. Here’s to being thankful for the giggles, the blunders, and the shared moments that make Thanksgiving uniquely ours!

And don’t worry if you’re at a loss for words.  We’ve come up with our own extensive list of things to be grateful for this Thanksgiving.  Feel free to “borrow” any of these or add your own unique and personalized twist to them.  

The Best Things to Be Thankful For Overall

"Thankful for the freedom to express ourselves, embrace diversity, and celebrate individuality."

  • On this Thanksgiving, I am filled with gratitude for the abundance of blessings in my life.

  • Expressing gratitude for the simple pleasures that bring joy to everyday life.

  • Thankful for the love and support of family and friends, who make life’s journey meaningful.

  • Grateful for the moments of laughter and happiness that brighten even the darkest days.

  • Sending thanks to the unsung heroes whose kindness and selflessness make the world a better place.

  • On this day of gratitude, I am thankful for the lessons learned from both triumphs and challenges.

  • Expressing appreciation for the beauty of nature and the wonders that surround us.

  • Thankful for the opportunity to grow, learn, and evolve as an individual.

  • Wishing a heartfelt thank you to those who have stood by me through thick and thin.

  • Grateful for the freedom to pursue dreams and embrace new opportunities.

  • Sending thanks to those who make sacrifices to protect and defend our nation’s values.

  • Thankful for the warmth and comfort of a home filled with love and compassion.

  • Expressing gratitude for the generosity of others, whose acts of kindness make a difference.

  • Thankful for the power of forgiveness and the chance to heal and mend relationships.

  • Wishing appreciation for the joy of giving back and making a positive impact in the world.

  • Grateful for the abundance of food on our table, as we share a meal with loved ones.

  • Sending thanks to the healthcare workers and essential personnel who continue to care for us.

  • Thankful for the freedom to express ourselves, embrace diversity, and celebrate individuality.

  • Expressing gratitude for the opportunity to reflect on our blessings and cherish the gift of life.

Themes to Be Thankful For (& Why!)

Forgiveness and Second Chances: Expressing gratitude for the ability to forgive and start anew.

  • Family: Being surrounded by loved ones and the bonds of family that provide support and love.

  • Friends: Appreciating the companionship and support of true friends in our lives.

  • Health: Being thankful for good health and well-being, allowing us to lead fulfilling lives.

  • Home: Gratitude for having a place to call home, a sanctuary of comfort and security.

  • Food and Nourishment: Being thankful for the abundance of food on our table and access to nourishing meals.

  • Nature’s Beauty: Appreciating the wonders of nature, from breathtaking landscapes to a beautiful sunset.

  • Opportunities: Being grateful for the opportunities and possibilities that come our way.

  • Education: Thankful for the gift of knowledge and the chance to learn and grow.

  • Employment: Expressing gratitude for the job and the means to support oneself and loved ones.

  • Freedom: Being thankful for the freedom to express ourselves, embrace our beliefs, and pursue our dreams.

  • Acts of Kindness: Appreciating the generosity and compassion of others, making the world a better place.

  • Challenges and Growth: Being thankful for the lessons learned through challenges, leading to personal growth.

  • Technology: Gratitude for the advancements in technology that connect us and make life easier.

  • Traditions: Appreciating the rich traditions and customs that bring meaning and joy to our celebrations.

  • Arts and Creativity: Being thankful for the arts, music, literature, and creativity that enrich our lives.

  • Gratitude for Heroes: Thankful for the dedication and sacrifices of frontline workers and servicemen.

  • Forgiveness and Second Chances: Expressing gratitude for the ability to forgive and start anew.

  • Love: Being thankful for the love we give and receive, enriching our lives with meaningful connections.

  • Generosity and Charity: Appreciating the spirit of giving and those who help those in need.

  • Life Itself: Being grateful for the gift of life and all its possibilities, each day a chance to create new memories.

Gratitude & Wishes For Family at Thanksgiving

"Thankful for the unconditional love that lifts us up and carries us through tough times."

  • Grateful for the love and warmth that fills our family, making every day a joyous occasion.

  • Wishing a Thanksgiving filled with laughter, love, and cherished moments with our wonderful family.

  • Thankful for the bond that ties us together, creating a strong and supportive family unit.

  • Expressing gratitude for the special traditions we share, creating beautiful memories that last a lifetime.

  • Thankful for the open arms and welcoming hearts that make our family gatherings truly special.

  • Wishing appreciation for the guidance and wisdom passed down through generations, shaping who we are today.

  • Grateful for the love and understanding that allows us to support each other through both joys and challenges.

  • Thankful for the unique personalities and contributions each family member brings to our lives.

  • Expressing gratitude for the moments of togetherness that strengthen our family bonds.

  • Wishing thanks for the lessons learned from one another, fostering growth and empathy.

  • Thankful for the laughter and joy that fill our home, creating a warm and loving environment.

  • Grateful for the sense of belonging and security that our family provides.

  • Thankful for the unconditional love that lifts us up and carries us through tough times.

  • Wishing appreciation for the shared dreams and aspirations that bring us closer as a family.

  • Thankful for the support and encouragement that empowers each family member to reach their full potential.

  • Expressing gratitude for the memories we’ve created together, forming the tapestry of our family story.

  • Thankful for the traditions that connect us to our roots and strengthen our family’s legacy.

  • Wishing thanks for the joy of celebrating holidays and milestones as a united family.

  • Grateful for the love and care that extends beyond blood relations, embracing chosen family members as well.

  • Thankful for the gift of family, for it is truly the foundation of love and support in our lives.

Gratitude & Wishes For Friends at Thanksgiving

"Wishing thanks for the countless laughs, inside jokes, and shared smiles we've experienced together."

  • Grateful for the laughter and joy you bring into my life, making every day brighter.

  • Wishing you a Thanksgiving filled with warmth and the company of loved ones, including your chosen family – your friends.

  • Thankful for the unwavering support and encouragement you offer, lifting me up in times of need.

  • Expressing gratitude for the countless memories we’ve created together, forming an unbreakable bond.

  • Thankful for the long conversations, the shared secrets, and the trust we have in one another.

  • Wishing appreciation for the adventures we’ve embarked on together, creating stories to last a lifetime.

  • Thankful for the understanding and empathy you show, making me feel truly heard and valued.

  • Expressing gratitude for your friendship, a constant source of comfort and reassurance.

  • Thankful for the moments of silliness and laughter that keep us forever young at heart.

  • Wishing thanks for the times we’ve supported each other through challenges and celebrated our victories.

  • Thankful for the unconditional love and acceptance, knowing I can always be myself with you.

  • Expressing gratitude for the thoughtful gestures and surprises that brighten my day.

  • Thankful for the shared interests and hobbies that have brought us closer together.

  • Wishing appreciation for the unique quirks and personalities that make our friendship one of a kind.

  • Thankful for the memories we’ve collected like precious treasures, creating a tapestry of friendship.

  • Expressing gratitude for the way you inspire me to be a better person and chase after my dreams.

  • Thankful for the honesty and transparency we share, deepening our connection even further.

  • Wishing thanks for the countless laughs, inside jokes, and shared smiles we’ve experienced together.

  • Thankful for the distance we’ve bridged through technology and the memories we’ve made in person.

  • Expressing gratitude for the friend that you are and the positive impact you’ve had on my life. I am truly blessed to have you by my side. Happy Thanksgiving!

Funny Things to Be Thankful For During Thanksgiving

"Thankful for the brave souls who attempt to cook the turkey, regardless of the potential disaster."

  • Thankful for stretchy pants on Thanksgiving, so I can eat more without judgment!

  • Grateful for the “turkey coma” that lets me sneak in a quick nap during family gatherings.

  • Wishing you a Thanksgiving feast so delicious, it’s worth the inevitable food coma!

  • Thankful for the brave souls who attempt to cook the turkey, regardless of the potential disaster.

  • Grateful for Thanksgiving leftovers, which save us from cooking for days!

  • Wishing for an endless supply of Thanksgiving pies because one slice is never enough.

  • Thankful for the “Thanksgiving calories don’t count” rule. Pass me the extra slice!

  • Grateful for family members who talk too much during dinner, giving us more time to chew.

  • Wishing for the ability to burn calories just by thinking about the gym on Thanksgiving.

  • Thankful for the kids’ table, where we can eat without adult judgment!

  • Grateful for Thanksgiving, the one day I can binge-watch Hallmark holiday movies guilt-free.

  • Wishing for an “invisible pie-sharing” superpower to get an extra piece without anyone noticing.

  • Thankful for the Internet, where I can find last-minute Thanksgiving recipes when my cooking plan fails.

  • Grateful for the ability to blame the dog for that mysterious “missing turkey” incident.

  • Thankful for elastic waistbands, the true heroes of Thanksgiving fashion!

  • Grateful for the funny uncles who make every Thanksgiving dinner entertaining.

  • Thankful for the entertainment provided by family members after a bit too much holiday cheer.

  • Grateful for Thanksgiving sales, so I can stock up on larger pants for next year’s feast!


This Thanksgiving, we’ve discovered that gratitude comes in many forms – from the small joys like stretchy pants and pumpkin spice, to the cherished company of family and friends. We’ve relished the sweet taste of pie and the warmth of laughter, all while realizing that the simplest things in life often bring the most happiness.  And, hey, if you couldn’t think of anything to be thankful for on your own, hopefully we’ve given you 100 ideas to inspire you.