Thanksgiving is almost here and we’re getting ready to feast with our loved ones and create new memories. Beyond the historical context of the holiday, it’s a good opportunity to reflect about the many blessings we have in our lives and take a moment to feel grateful for the past year, and get ready for the next 12 months. We’ve compiled a few poems that can be recited (even by the little ones) before, during or after dinner to remind us the importance of this holiday in a sweet, melodic way.

“Thank You For Inviting Us” by Joanna Fuchs

Thank you for inviting us

To your Thanksgiving dinner.

A day spent in your company

Is invariably a winner.

Thank you for the time you spent

Preparing all the food;

For making us feel welcome,

You have our gratitude!

“Pilgrim Poem” ~ Author Unknown

Many years ago the Pilgrims came.

They sailed on a ship - the Mayflower was its name.

They sailed across the Atlantic blue,

So they could worship the way they wanted to.

Many people died along the way,

And the first winter was hard they say.

The Native Americans were already here.

They helped the Pilgrims plant corn and hunt deer.

They all got together to share food and pray,

And that's why we celebrate Thanksgiving Day!

"Thanksgiving," Old Rhyme

The year has turned its circle,
The seasons come and go.
The harvest all is gathered in
And chilly north winds blow.
Orchards have shared their treasures,
The fields, their yellow grain,
So open wide the doorway~
Thanksgiving comes again!

“A Family Thanksgiving” by Karl Fuchs

Mom and Dad and all the folks

Who sit around the table,

All give thanks to the Lord above

For the fact that we are able

To have the food and shelter

We all need to survive,

And have the love of family

That makes it good to be alive.

“Thank you for the World so sweet” ~ Author Unknown

Thank You God for the world so sweet,


Thank You God for the food we eat,


Thank You God for the birds that sing,


Thank You God for everything!
Amen

“Thanksgiving” ~ Author Unknown

The year has turned its circle,

The seasons come and go.

The harvest is all gathered in

And chilly north winds blow.

Orchards have shared their treasures,

The fields, their yellow grain.

So open wide the doorway-

Thanksgiving comes again!

“Turkey” by Kaitlyn Guenther 

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"At Grandma's House" ~ Author Unknown

I like the taste of turkey
Any time throughout the year
But it never
seems to taste as good
As when Thanksgiving's here. 

Could be it's all the trimmings
That are cooked with it to eat-
But I think it's
eating at Grandma's house
That makes it such a treat! 

“You've Made A Difference” by Joanna Fuchs

As Thanksgiving Day approaches,

Our blessings we recall;

The things we are most thankful for,

We recollect them all.

You are really special,

In all you say and do.

You've made a difference in our lives;

We're thankful now for you.

“Turkey Limerick” by Leanne Guenther

There once was a turkey named Chummy,

Mom thought that he might be quite yummy.

He waddled away

On Thanksgiving Day --

But still ended up in my tummy!

“Thankful” Author Unknown

No ghosts or goblins and trick-or-treats,

No candy or flowers for your sweets.

No gifts to buy or presents to give,

Just be THANKFUL for the life that you live.

“Five Little Turkeys” ~ Author Unknown

Five little turkeys standing at the door,

One waddled off, and then there were four.

Four little turkeys sitting near 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 morning sun,

One waddled off, and then there was one.

One little turkey better run away,

For soon it will be Thanksgiving Day.