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What to write in a Thanksgiving card

Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season in one of the most meaningful ways – by connecting us and reminding us to take time to reflect on what we’re grateful for. Even if this year, what you’re most thankful for is something you’ve accomplished for yourself, something material, or something completely random, you’re also likely thinking of how grateful you are for the people in your life as well. 

This time of year, we often find ourselves thinking about the most important people in our lives, especially as we spend quality time with them. Whether you’re able to spend the day with family and friends or you’re separated by distance, a Thanksgiving card is a beautiful way to express your gratitude and reflections.

And to make your Thanksgiving card even more personal, you can create a custom-made card with TouchNote.

Familial Thanksgiving Wishes

Family comes in many forms, and whatever that form is for you, those people will always be there. They’re likely some of the most treasured relationships in your life, so it’s important to remind them of how much that truly means.

For immediate/close family members 

  • “This year and every year, I am reminded of how wonderful my family truly is. Forever grateful for you and that we’re spending this holiday together.”

  • “Grateful for our family, health, and happiness. Happy Thanksgiving!”

  • “Happy Thanksgiving! I’m counting my blessings and wanted to let you know you’re one of them.”

  • “It’s easy to take family for granted, but I wanted to let you know that I never do. I am so thankful for such a loving family tree.”

  •  “Thankful we get to sit down for our traditional Thanksgiving dinner together this year. Let’s eat!”

  • “We have so much to be thankful for. This year and every year. Sending extra love today.”

For friends

  • “Happy Friendsgiving! Let’s do what we do best – eat, drink, and have a great time together!”

  • “Happy Thanksgiving! I’m thankful for our friendship every day and wanted to take today to make sure you know how very important you are to me.”

  • “Cheers to our friendship! You’ve been the best friend I could ever ask for.”

  • “Forever grateful for you and our friendship. Happy Thanksgiving, friend!”

  • “I’m thankful for your daily check-ins, endless laughs, and always the best times together. Happy Thanksgiving, bestie!”

For your significant other

  • “I’m grateful for you today and every day. Thank you for being the most supportive and loving partner.”

  • “Happy Thanksgiving! I’m thankful for so many things, but especially you.”

  • “Thank you for being you. I’m grateful every day for the wonderful person that you are.”

For this year’s dinner host

We all know how much time, effort, and stress goes into planning and hosting a big Thanksgiving dinner. Let this year’s host know just how much it means to you that they took on that responsibility!

  • “Thank you for opening your home (and fridge) to us this year. It was truly a beautiful meal that I’m so grateful we were able to spend together.”

  • “You’ve really outdone yourself this year! What an incredible feast. Thanks for hosting!”

  • “No fires, no sickness, no tears… everyone was happy, full, and merry in your home! Thank you for a wonderful day.”

  • “Beyond thankful for our Thanksgiving host(ess)! I’m so grateful for this day together.”

  • “Thank you for a delicious meal. I wobbled all the way home afterwards.”

  • “So thankful for you, your family, and your amazing cooking skills!”

For people you aren’t able to see this year

Whatever the circumstances, it can be sad when you’re unable to spend a major holiday with friends or family members. Why not send them a Thanksgiving card with a personal message to bridge that gap.

  • “Happy Thanksgiving! I wish we could be together but hope you’re enjoying this holiday.”

  • “Thankful for you (but not the distance between us). Hope you’re having a nice Thanksgiving.”

  • “I wanted to let you know that I’m thinking of you this Thanksgiving. Sending so much love.”

  • “Even though we aren’t together this Thanksgiving, I wanted to let you know how thankful I am for you.”

  • “I hope you’re eating plenty today and enjoying the days with your loved ones nearby. Happy Thanksgiving!”

  • “I hope your Thanksgiving is full of your favorite food and people. Hopefully we’ll be able to spend it together next year.”

Funny Thanksgiving wishes

Sometimes a more lighthearted note hits the best. For a casual relationship, joking friendship, younger family member, or whoever! 

  • ‘“Surprise! I signed us up for a turkey trot… better get running!”

  • “I’m so thankful you didn’t burn the casserole this year ;)”

  • “Happy Thanksgiving! Time to bring out the stretchy pants and start eating!”

  • “Merry Christmas!! …. Oh wait… not yet?”

  • “May the wishbone snap in your favor this year!”

  • “May your heart be as full as your belly! Happy Thanksgiving.”

  • “Gobble gobble! Is it time for seconds yet?! Happy Thanksgiving [name]!”

Business relationships

Besides friends and family, some of your other closest relationships may stem from work. It’s where you spend so much of your time so it’s natural to develop quality relationships that are another thing to be thankful for. Sending a Thanksgiving card can nurture this professional relationship in a beautiful way.

For colleagues

  • “Happy Thanksgiving! It’s always a pleasure working with you. Thank you for being a great colleague and making our office special.”

  • “So thankful for you! You make work not feel like work.”

  • “Happy Thanksgiving. I’m grateful to be working alongside such an inspiring colleague.”

  • “Dear Work-Wife/Husband – thank you for being there for me 5 days a week! You’re the best. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your (real) family.”

For clients

  • “Happy Thanksgiving! We’re so grateful for your business this past year. Cheers to many more.”

  • “We wanted to take this time of year to send an extra heartfelt thank you. It’s been an absolute pleasure working together. We’re looking forward to what’s to come.”

  • “We appreciate your business and are looking forward to the future together.”

  • “Thank you for supporting our business this year. We are so grateful for you! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.”

Incorporating classic quotes

Sometimes, the best way to say something has already been said. Incorporating a quote may be able to help you convey exactly what you’re trying to say:

  •  “I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.’ – Henry david Thoreau

  • “‘Be present and thankful for all things.’ – Maya Angelo

  • “Silent gratitude isn’t very much to anyone.” — Gertrude Stein

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

  • “Thanksgiving after all, is a word of action.” -W.J. Cameron

Kick off the holiday season with thanks by sending a special Thanksgiving card and spreading kindness with TouchNote today. 

TouchNote / August 2021
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