12 Kid-Friendly Thanksgiving Shows

Your Thanksgiving feast is history. Now the time is right to just relax and watch television. Are you looking for a kid-friendly show to watch on Thanksgiving? Check out the following list. Please note: As an Amazon affiliate I earn income from qualifying purchases.

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  1. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973)
  2. Garfield’s Thanksgiving (1989)
  3. An Arthur Thanksgiving
  4. Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow (2015)
  5. Turkey Town: A Thanksgiving Party (2018)
  6. Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Thanksgiving Parade (2000)
  7. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Alvin’s Thanksgiving Celebration (2008)
  8. Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving (1999)
  9. Free Birds (2013)
  10. A Looney Tunes Thanksgiving (2016)
  11. Addams Family Values
  12. Beethoven (1993)

Or you could always start the Christmas season early. Watch classic favorites: Miracle on 34th Street, Frosty the Snowman, A Charlie Brown Christmas, or Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Thanksgiving Traditions to Start This Year

Thanksgiving is almost here! Are you looking for a new Thanksgiving tradition to start this year? Or perhaps expand on your existing traditions. Making memories is the best part of the holiday season. If you are searching for new Thanksgiving traditions to start this year, check out the following list.

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  1. Decorate: Get crafty. Decorate as a family project. Thanksgiving decoration ideas include placements, name holders, and centerpieces.
  2. Being Grateful: When sitting around the dinner table, ask your family and friends, why are you grateful this year? If you do not want to say your reason out loud, write on a pumpkin. Or jot your message down on precut leaves to hang on a tree.
  3.  Saying Grace: Start a new tradition of praying before you and your family eat Thanksgiving dinner.
  4. Get Outdoors: Spend some time outdoors. Play football, go for a hike, go on a nature walk, or be part of a fun run (Turkey Trot).
  5. Bake Together: Make the meal together as a family. Dig out an old family recipe to make. Tell a story about the person who originally made the recipe.
  6. Volunteer as a Family: Many organizations cater to the homeless on Thanksgiving. Volunteer as a family to homeless shelter, soup kitchen, or other community organization.
  7. Attend a Thanksgiving Parade: Parades are popular on Thanksgiving. If you cannot attend one in person, watch one a television.
  8. Family Photos: Before everyone gets too tired from eating all that delicious turkey, take family photos.
  9. Make Memory Cards: Ask each person to write a Thanksgiving memory. Memory cards are an easy way to learn about your family history.
  10. Record Family Stories: Use your cell phone to record family stories. Or ask each person to tell you the best part of the day.
  11. Board Games: After clearing the table, pull out board games. Old favorites, Monopoly, Life, or Sorry, are always a wonderful way to engage your family. 
  12. Watch Football: Get comfortable after the big meal and watch your favorite team.
  13. Watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving: Who cannot resist Snoopy and the gang? Or you could kick off the Christmas season by watching A Miracle on 34th Street.
  14. Thanksgiving Journal: After everyone is asleep or watching television, take a moment to write in your journal about Thanksgiving 2021.

Happy Thanksgiving! What tradition will you start this year?

Tips for Thanksgiving Travel

Can you believe next week is Thanksgiving? Busy roads are always a major part of the holiday weekend. If you are driving to your destination, consider the following tips for safe Thanksgiving travel.

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  1. Lists: Start by making a list or two of all the essentials for your long holiday weekend. Consider making a list for each person and your fur babies. Cross items off your lists as you begin to pack and load your vehicle.
  2. Vehicle Maintenance: Before leaving for your destination, do a quick maintenance check on your vehicle. Check the tire pressure, oil level, antifreeze level, brake fluid, and the condition of the wiper blades.
  3. Get Gas Early: If possible, get gasoline early to avoid long lines at the pump. Also, gas prices increase with demand.
  4. Arrival Time: Know exactly when you need to be at your destination to adjust your driving time. Give yourself extra time to get to your destination.
  5. Pack and Load: If possible, start packing early. Clothing and other non-perishable items are easily the first items to cross off your list. Try to load as much as possible into your vehicle the night before your departure time.
  6. Road Trip Snacks: Depending on the amount of driving time, snacks are an essential especially if you have children in the car. Plus, packing your own road-trip snacks and beverages saves time and money.
  7. Be Flexible: Leave early to avoid the traffic. Wednesday and Sunday are the busiest travel time for Thanksgiving weekend.
  8. Stop When Needed: Do not be afraid to take breaks. Around each one hundred miles, try to stop at a rest area or local café. Breaks are not a luxury but a priority. Remember for your own safety to lock your vehicle at every stop.
  9. Weather Watch: The weather changes quickly. Use a local weather app or your GPS to watch for any sudden changes. Pack an emergency kit for your vehicle including a first aid kit, phone charger, and extra blankets.
  10. Be Mindful: Watch out for other drivers. When people are in a hurry, mistakes happen in an instant. Be alert. Follow the rules of the road. Don’t speed. And avoid alcohol consumption.
  11. Child Safety: Secure children in the age-appropriate car seats. Bring favorite toys, games, videos, music, and other items for entertainment on the road.

Most of all, make your road trip an adventure. Have fun. Stop and take photos. Enjoy every minute of the trip.

Happy Thanksgiving!

30 Thanksgiving Photo Prompts

Are you hosting a big Thanksgiving? Or traveling to a relatives’ house for the long 4-day weekend? Thanksgiving is a great time to get impromptu photos. If you need inspiration, check out the following photo prompts for Thanksgiving.

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  1. Thanksgiving sunrise or sunset
  2. Cooking the meal
  3. Cooked turkey or main dish
  4. The side dishes
  5. Family
  6. Friends
  7. Pie and desserts
  8. Falling leaves
  9. The table setting
  10. The table with food (or food area)
  11. Warm colors
  12. Football
  13. Happiness
  14. Grateful
  15. Prayer
  16. Candles
  17. Out your kitchen window
  18. Celebration
  19. After Dinner
  20. Blessings
  21. On the road
  22. Destination
  23. Accommodations
  24. Back home
  25. Special moment
  26. Love
  27. Adventure
  28. Nature
  29. Thanksgiving Day selfie
  30. In the moment
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Happy Thanksgiving!

20 Drawing Prompts for Thanksgiving

Do you want to keep the kids busy while preparing your Thanksgiving feast? Or perhaps you just want to be creative over the Thanksgiving weekend. Drawing is a fun and enjoyable art form. The only limit is your imagination. If you are searching for inspiration, check out the following drawing prompts for Thanksgiving.

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  1. Thanksgiving food
  2. Favorite pie or dessert
  3. Turkey
  4. Falling leaves
  5. Sunshine
  6. Thanksgiving table
  7. Cornucopia
  8. Family
  9. Friends
  10. Tradition
  11. Football
  12. Thanksgiving Day parade
  13. Acorns
  14. Trees
  15. Pumpkins and gourds
  16. Corn
  17. Wagon
  18. Lantern
  19. Pilgrim hat
  20. Autumn scene

Get creative! Happy Thanksgiving!

The Best Photos to Take on Thanksgiving

Yes, Thanksgiving comes every year. Unfortunately, over time, those who gather at your table may no longer be here to celebrate. Use your camera or cell phone to preserve your holiday memories with photographs.

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Photos to Take for the Best Thanksgiving Memories

Are you ready to capture the laughs, the food, and the joy of Thanksgiving? Get snapping.

Getting Ready

Setting up the table, preparing the kids’ table, decorating, or dressing up for the day are all special moments Snap a few photos during this busy time. The process of getting ready is a major part of Thanksgiving.

Cooking

A large meal usually means more than one person in the kitchen. Capturing the laughs that occur during the preparation of a Thanksgiving feast is always a special memory.

Group Photos

If everyone arrives early, get group photos before the dinner. Spills and dropped food easily stain the best apparel. A large family gathering means a person is always available to watch the kitchen while group photos are being done. For a photo of the entire family use your self-timer on your camera or bribe a neighbor with pumpkin pie to take a quick photo.

Dinner Time

Before everyone digs into the delicious meal, snap a photo of the dinner table. Get the full table with all the decorations, place settings, and the entire food spread. Next, take a photo of everyone coming to the table. And finally, one of everyone sitting around the Thanksgiving table.

If prayer is part of the feast, you have two options. One, skip the photo entirely. Or two, set your camera on self-timer to get a picture of everyone in prayer.

Outdoor Time

Do you play football or hike as a family on Thanksgiving? As long as someone is watching the kitchen, grab your camera and head outdoors to take photos.

Candid and Creativity

Posed photos are great but candid shots are extra special. Photos of your aunt laughing too hard at a silly joke or your grandfather sharing a story with the children invoke emotion. The photos will always be a lasting memory.

 Do not be afraid to try different angles, use natural light, or a zoom lens. Try to capture what you are thankful for at Thanksgiving.

Enjoy your day! Happy Thanksgiving!

25 Thanksgiving Journal Writing Prompts

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to reflect on the past, appreciate the present, and look to the future. A journal is a great way to preserve memories, explore feelings, and be creative. If you need help on writing about Thanksgiving, check out the following prompts for inspiration.

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Journal Writing Prompts for Thanksgiving

  1. Make a list of 10 things that you are grateful this Thanksgiving. (Yes, there is 10!)
  2. How do you show gratitude or thankfulness to people in your life?
  3. What are you and your family doing this year for Thanksgiving?
  4. Are you hosting a Thanksgiving? Or traveling? Describe your plans.
  5. If cooking, what type of meal do you plan to make for Thanksgiving? Traditional? Or something unique? Why did you pick this type of menu plan?
  6. What is a traditional Thanksgiving dish that will not be on your dinner table? Why?
  7. Who are you planning to invite to your Thanksgiving meal?
  8. Are you using an old family recipe? Why is this dish so important to you?
  9. What Thanksgiving tradition do you plan to start this year?
  10. Why are Thanksgiving traditions do important to you?
  11. If you could invite anyone to Thanksgiving, who would be at your dinner table? Why did you pick this person?
  12. When you were a child, did your family host big Thanksgiving dinners? Describe a typical Thanksgiving from your childhood?
  13. Do you still incorporate things from your childhood into your own Thanksgiving? What do you do?
  14. What was your favorite part of Thanksgiving as a child?
  15. What is your earliest memory of Thanksgiving?
  16. Are you planning to go shopping the day after Thanksgiving? Why or why not?
  17. What was your best Thanksgiving ever? Why did this holiday stick out over the others?
  18. Write about your first Thanksgiving as a couple.
  19. Write about your first Thanksgiving as a family. (Yes, your cat counts as family)
  20. Have you ever been to restaurant on Thanksgiving? Describe your experience.
  21. Did you ever march or attend a Thanksgiving parade? Describe your experience.
  22. Describe how your kitchen smells when cooking or baking on Thanksgiving?
  23. How would you describe your Thanksgiving celebrations to someone from another country?
  24. Do you watch the Thanksgiving parade? What is your favorite part? Why?
  25. Do you believe Thanksgiving should receive more recognition as a holiday? Why?

Happy Thanksgiving! Keep writing!

50 Quotes for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is almost here. Are you looking to add quotes to your social media posts, company email, or your bulletin board at work? The following quotes are great for remembering Thanksgiving.

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  1. “Thanksgiving is a time of togetherness and gratitude.” – Nigel Hamilton
  2. “In November, people are good to each other. They carry pies to each other’s homes and talk by crackling woodstoves, sipping mellow cider. They travel very far on a special November day just to share a meal with one another and to give thanks for their many blessings.” — Cynthia Rylant
  3. “I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  4. “We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” – John F. Kennedy
  5. “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” — William Arthur Ward
  6. “If you think Independence Day is America’s defining holiday, think again. Thanksgiving deserves that title, hands-down.”—Tony Snow.
  7. “Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.” – W. T. Purkiser
  8. “Thanksgiving, man. Not a good day to be my pants.” — Kevin James
  9. “Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.”—Henry Van Dyke
  10. “The more we express thanks, the more gratitude we feel. The more gratitude we feel, the more we express thanks. It’s circular, and it leads to a happier life.”—Steve Goodier
  11. “Thanksgiving just gets me all warm and tingly and all kinds of wonderful inside.” – Willard Scott
  12. “I started out giving thanks for small things, and the more thankful I became, the more my bounty increased.” — Oprah Winfrey
  13. “Thanksgiving Day is a good day to recommit our energies to giving thanks and just giving.”—Amy Grant
  14. “Although Thanksgiving comes but once a year, every day should be a day of Thanks.” -Monique Hammond
  15. “To give thanks in solitude is enough. Thanksgiving has wings and goes where it must go. Your prayer knows much more about it than you do.”—Victor Hugo
  16. “I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.” — Henry David Thoreau
  17. “I have a lot to be thankful for. I am healthy, happy and I am loved.”—Reba McEntire
  18. “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 out the gratitude.”—E.P. Powell
  19. “Reflect upon your present blessings.”—Charles Dickens
  20. “If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share. ”—W. Clement Stone
  21. “A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero
  22. “Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with that there is.”—Ernest Hemingway
  23. “We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.”—Harry A. Ironside
  24. “We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.”—Friedrich Koenig
  25. “Good mashed potato is one of the great luxuries in life.” — Lindsey Bareham
  26. “If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get.” — Frank A. Clark
  27. “Over and over I marvel at the blessings of my life: Each year has grown better than the last.”—Lawrence Welk
  28. “We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count.”—Neal A. Maxwell
  29. “Gratitude can turn a meal into a feast.”—Melody Beattie
  30. “When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.”—Willie Nelson
  31. “Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year because it reminds us to give thanks and to count our blessings. Suddenly, so many things become so little when we realize how blessed and lucky we are.” – Joyce Giraud
  32. “Gratitude, help us to see what is there instead of what isn’t.” — Annette Bridges
  33. “The turkey. The sweet potatoes. The stuffing. The pumpkin pie. Is there anything else we all can agree so vehemently about?” — Nora Ephron
  34. “There is no sincerer love than the love of food.”—George Bernard Shaw
  35. “I love Thanksgiving because it is a holiday centered around food and family, two things that are of utmost importance to me.” Marcus Samuelsson
  36. “What I love about Thanksgiving is that it’s purely about getting together with friends or family and enjoying food. It’s really for everybody, and it doesn’t matter where you’re from.”—Daniel Humm
  37. “The thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings.”—Henry Ward Beecher
  38. “Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.”—Aesop
  39. “There’s no happier person than a truly thankful, content person.”—Joyce Meyer
  40. “Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”—Marcel Proust
  41. “God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say ‘thank you?’”—William Arthur Ward
  42. “I’m thankful to be breathing, on this side of the grass. Whatever comes, comes.”—Ron Perlman
  43. “I do think that Thanksgiving is a very nice holiday because it’s all about saying thank you; it’s being thankful.”—Jacob Tremblay
  44. “A basic law: the more you practice the art of thankfulness, the more you have to be thankful for”—Norman Vincent Peale
  45. “I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage.” – Erma Bombeck
  46. “Thankfulness is the quickest path to joy.” –  Jefferson Bethke
  47. “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” – Meister Eckhart
  48. “Forever on Thanksgiving Day the heart will find the pathway home.” – Wilbur D. Nesbit
  49. “My fondest memories are generally the day after Thanksgiving. I get the total decorating Christmas itch.” – Katharine McPhee
  50. “What we’re really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets. I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving?” – Erma Bombeck

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Hashtags

The holidays are just around the corner. Are you planning your Thanksgiving social media posts on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, or other platforms? Using hashtags on your personal or business accounts is essential for attracting attention.

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Hashtags for Thanksgiving

#Thanksgiving (Basic but always effective)

#HappyThanksgiving

#TurkeyDay

#Thanksgiving2021

#Thankful

#Blessed

#Grateful

#BeypndGrateful

#SpreadBlessings

#ThanksgivingBlessings

#ThanksgivingPrep

#MealPrep

#Thanksgivingfeast

#Thanksgivingfood

#ThanksgivingTable

#Thanksgivingmeal

#ThanksgivingDinner

#ThanksgivingBreak

#Family

#FamilyTime

#Friends

#Friendsgiving

#HolidaysAreComing

#Turkey

#GiveThanks

#FoodComa

#ThanksgivingRoadTrip

#ThanksgivingTravel

#Holidays

#Love

#Life

#Celebrate

#Homemade

#PumpkinPie

#ThanksgivingEve

#AfterThanksgiving

#Leftovers

#CleanUp

#BringOnChristmas

Happy Thanksgiving!

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