Thanksgiving is supposed to be about being thankful for all that we have. It is about being thankful that we are alive, that we have food in our bellies, and a place to call home. However, it is easy to forget all this in the hustle and bustle that brings in the holidays. Thanksgiving is often seen as a time to get on your shopping, to start baking, and to have that big stressful family meal. We all need to take a moment to make sure that we are in the right frame of mind and Thanksgiving quotes are the perfect way to do just that. So, before you start cooking up a storm, getting stressed, baking, or preparing for your Black Friday shopping make sure that you in the right frame of mind with these Thanksgiving quotes.

Remember to be Thankful.
Many times it is easy to forget that thanksgiving is really about being thankful for all that we have rather than just a big meal, a family gathering, and a football game. It is important to remember to take time to be thankful that you are able to have that big meal, that you have your family, and even for the football game.

"Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave the gratitude. ~EP Powell

Live by Thankfulness.
It is important that we take the time to be thankful and to let others know that we are indeed thankful. However, it is best if we can take it one step farther and live by the thankfulness that we have in our hearts.

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

Take It Beyond the Day.
Thanksgiving is a great day to be thankful. However, the best thing that you can do is be thankful all year long. Make sure that you take your attitude and heart of thanksgiving from the day, into the holidays, into the new year, and throughout the rest of the year!

"Thanksgiving day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow." ~Edward Sandford Martin

"Thanksgiving after all, is a word of action." ~WJ Cameron

Stand Above the Crowd.
It's easy to get caught up in what others do, what you have always done, good food, and good drinks, but the truth is that you should strive to stand above the crowd. You should strive to do everything, and especially Thanksgiving with a grateful heart.

"I have strong doubts that the first Thanksgiving even remotely resembled the "history" I was told in second grade. But considering that (when it comes to holidays) mainstream America's traditions tend to be over-eating, shopping, or getting drunk, I suppose it's a miracle that the concept of giving thanks even surfaces at all." ~Ellen Orleans

If you are wondering how you might possibly put more thanksgiving into your thanksgiving then here are a few ideas that should help.

  • At the start of the month start a basket. Each evening before dinner or once a day have each member of the family stick one thing in there that they are thankful for and include their name. You can have others add to the basket too when they come over. On Thanksgiving take the time to read through each item that everyone is thankful for. (Thanks mom for a great idea that has carried me beyond the traditions of my childhood and into by adulthood).
  • Read through these quotes and take a moment to list all that have to be thankful for.
  • Take a moment before eating the meal to have everyone list out one thing that they are thankful for.
  • To take the attitude of thanksgiving into your daily life keep a thankfulness journal. Take a moment to write down one or two things that you are thankful for each and everyday. Then on thanksgiving you can read through some of them and remember how much you really do have to be thankful for.

No matter where you are in your life, what you are doing, or how bad it feels there is always something to be thankful for. By looking at the things you have to be thankful for you will be able to stay brighter and get more done! That gives you even more to be thankful for.

"Got no check books, got no banks. Still I'd like to express my thanks - I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night." ~Irving Berlin

"O Lord that lends me life,
Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness."
~William Shakespeare

Gratitude Is Best.
The great thing is that by opening your heart and your family to gratitude you will be opening yourself to so many more blessings. Being thankful is worth the few seconds or few minutes of each day. It is also worth the few minutes before your meal.

"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

Thanksgiving is a day that most have off. You have a big meal. You have your family. You have your game. However, it is also a day to be thankful and a day to remember all that the year has brought you. It is also a day to take your thankfulness into the future. And so...I leave you with one last Thanksgiving quote.

"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