Thanksgiving Celebrations – 20 Spectacular Quotes And Poems For Kids

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Do you want to imbue a dash of positive energy into your Thanksgiving dinner? Are you looking for some Thanksgiving poems for kids to help your little one express gratitude to the Almighty? If you said yes, then look no further. We have compiled a list of some lovely Thanksgiving quotes and poems to help you create a memorable holiday!

Thanksgiving is not just about roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy boats and pie. It’s the day to express gratitude for all the blessing in the life. Here are ten of the best Thanksgiving poems and quotations that will inspire your kid to lead his life in a constant sense of gratitude.

Thanksgiving Quotes For Kids:

Quote 1:

“Now I, your magistrate, do proclaim that all ye Pilgrims, with your wives and ye little ones, do gather at ye meeting house…, there to listen to ye pastor and render thanksgiving to ye Almighty God for all His blessings.”

William Bradford’s excerpt from the first Thanksgiving Day Proclamation in 1623

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Quote 2:

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

Melody Beattie

Quote 3:

“Thanksgiving is more than eating, Chuck… Those early Pilgrims were thankful for what had happened to them, and we should be thankful, too. We should just be thankful for being together. I think that’s what they mean by ‘Thanksgiving,’ Charlie Brown.”

From A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving by Charles M. Schulz

Quote 4:

“Great as the preparations were for the dinner, everything was so contrived that not a soul in the house should be kept from the morning service of Thanksgiving in the church.”

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Quote 5:

“The unthankful heart… discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!”

Henry Ward Beecher

Quote 6:

“Gratitude … goes beyond the “mine” and “thine” and claims the truth that all of life is a pure gift. In the past I always thought of gratitude as a spontaneous response to the awareness of gifts received, but now I realize that gratitude can also be lived as a discipline. The discipline of gratitude is the explicit effort to acknowledge that all I am and have is given to me as a gift of love, a gift to be celebrated with joy.”

– Henri J. M. Nouwen

Quote 7:

“Thanksgiving like contentment is a learned attribute. The person who hasn’t learned to be content we will not be thankful for he lives with the delusion he deserves more or something better.”

Robert Flatt

Quote 8:

“We can always find something to be thankful for, and there may be reasons why we ought to be thankful for even those dispensations which appear dark and frowning.”

Albert Barnes

Quote 9:

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.”

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

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Quote 10:

“Gratitude is born in hearts that take time to count up past mercies.”

Charles E. Jefferson

Thanksgiving Poems For Kids:

1. Five Little Turkeys:

Five little turkeys standing by door,

One waddled off, and then there were four.

Four little turkeys under a tree,

One waddled off, and then there were three.

Three little turkeys with nothing to do,

One waddled off, and then there were two.

Two little turkeys in the noonday sun,

One waddled off, and then there was one.

One little turkey better run away,

For soon will come Thanksgiving Day.

2. Thanksgiving Feast:

When the Halloween pumpkins are gone,

And the leaves have all fallen to ground,

When the air has turned windy and cold,

Then Thanksgiving will soon be around.

Thoughts of loved ones all feasting together,

Pleasant pictures from past times appear

To dwell in each heart and each mind–

Then Thanksgiving is finally here!

The kitchen has scrumptious aromas,

The dining room looks oh, so fine,

Decorations with pilgrims and turkeys,

And now we are ready to dine!

First the napkins are placed on our laps;

Now the prayer for the meal to be blessed,

Then we stuff the good food in our tummies,

And we hope for it all to digest!

3. Thanksgiving Every Day:

The table is brimming with good things to eat;

We’re surrounded by family and friends; what a treat.

The feelings that fill us today can’t be beat;

It’s Thanksgiving Day, and it all feels complete.

But other days, sometimes, things don’t seem so fine;

Those days are not polished and don’t seem to shine.

It’s then in our minds, we forget all the good,

And think of the things we would get, if we could.

On days when our thinking causes us dread,

If we could remember, it’s all in our head,

And not let our minds take our gratitude away,

Then we’d make every day like Thanksgiving Day.

4. ‘Twas The Night Of Thanksgiving:

Twas the night of Thanksgiving, but I just couldn’t sleep.

I tried counting backwards, I tried counting sheep.

The leftovers beckoned–the dark meat and white,

but I fought the temptation with all of my might.

Tossing and turning with anticipation,

the thought of a snack became infatuation.

So, I raced to the kitchen, flung open the door

and gazed at the fridge, full of goodies galore.

I gobbled up turkey and buttered potatoes,

pickles and carrots, beans and tomatoes.

I felt myself swelling so plump and so round,

till all of a sudden, I rose off the ground.

I crashed through the ceiling, floating into the sky

With a mouthful of pudding and a handful of pie.

But, I managed to yell as I soared past the trees…

happy eating to all—pass the cranberries, please!

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5. Over The River:

Over the river and through the wood

To Grandmother’s house we go.

The horse knows the way

To carry the sleigh

Through 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

To have a first-rate play.

Hear the bells ring,


Hurrah for Thanksgiving Day!

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 fun!

Is the pudding done?

Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!

6. A Thanksgiving Thought:

The day I give thanks for having a nose

Is Thanksgiving Day, for do you suppose

That Thanksgiving dinner would taste as good

If you couldn’t smell it? I don’t think it would.

Could apple pie baking—turkey that’s basting

Not be for the smelling? Just be for tasting?

It’s a cranberry-cinnamon-onion bouquet!

Be thankful for noses on Thanksgiving Day.

7. We Give Thanks:

Our Father in Heaven,

We give thanks for the pleasure

Of gathering together for this occasion.

We give thanks for this food

Prepared by loving hands.

We give thanks for life,

The freedom to enjoy it all

And all other blessings.

As we partake of this food,

We pray for health and strength

To carry on and try to live as You would have us.

This we ask in the name of Christ,

Our Heavenly Father.

Reading our Thanksgiving kids poems and quotes will teach your little one to be grateful and appreciate all the good things he has in life. It will also shift his focus from what he lacks to what he has in abundance. Feel free to share your favorite Thanksgiving poems and quotations in the comment section below!

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Debolina Raja

Debolina Raja came into the writing world while she was playing around with words and participating in various literary events. In the professional world, she found her writing interest in various genres such as health, wellness, parenting, relationship, and brand management.Having done a Masters degree in English literature from Delhi University, she loves reading, heading out on road trips, hibernating at the beach, reviewing products for various brands, freelancing with various news and magazine editions and just enjoying her time on the rocking chair by the window.