Thanksgiving Messages of Gratitude and Appreciation [Friends, Family, Colleagues]

By Billie •  Updated: 10/26/21 •  8 min read

I like to send my family and friends a short note of remembrance on Thanksgiving, to acknowledge them for what they mean to me and to say I’m thinking about them. Nothing spreads like positivity and the warmth felt by expressing and receiving appreciation, so get to it before that turkey dinner feeling kicks in.

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.

Thanksgiving Quotes & Messages For Family Far Away

“Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.”

Randy Pausch

Cute Thanksgiving Messages of Gratitude For Friends

  1. This Thanksgiving, my heart is bursting with gratitude, and my pants are bursting with several helpings of mashed potatoes.
  2. I was going to wish you a Happy Turkey Day, but I didn’t want to use any fowl language.
  3. I love Thanksgiving! There is no other holiday that makes you want to cook more food than you can eat and catch up with old friends and family members! Happy Thanksgiving! Stay cozy.
  4. To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven. — Johannes A. Gaertner
  5. May you enjoy all the blessings in life, not just on Thanksgiving, but throughout the entire year.
  6. We are part of something wonderful in this community. We are friends, but also family. You will be loved for the rest of your life, and I am thankful to know you. Happy Thanksgiving.
  7. The turkey is in the oven, the cider is spiked with rum, now let the family gossip begin. Happy Thanksgiving!
  8. Sometimes, we forget to tell people thank you for being in our lives. Today, I will try to make up for all the times I’ve forgotten to say thank you for helping me and being there. You are special and my life is better because of you.
  9. It is not just the harvest of food that makes Thanksgiving special. It is a time to reflect upon the lessons we have been blessed to learn, and the happiness we are responsible for spreading around. Let’s take count of the memories of the year, and look forward to another great year.
  10. Sending you our best wishes and warm appreciation for a memorable Thanksgiving.
  11. Friendsgiving is a great time to celebrate the people who make our lives better. And to eat our emotions. Happy Thanksgiving!
  12. I don’t care how much weight you put on over the holidays, I will still be grateful to know you! Happy turkey day!
  13. Happy Thanksgiving to my friend and chosen family! Looking forward to celebrating with you at the cabin this weekend.
  14. Thanksgiving reminds us to give thanks and to count our blessings. I count you among those blessings. Thanks for always being there. I love you!
  15. Sending good wishes to you this Thanksgiving season! May you enjoy nourishing food that fills your table, good health as you achieve your dreams, and good times with family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving!
  16. November is the time to be thankful for all life’s blessings, a time to remember all the people we’ve loved and lost, and to embrace those who enrich our lives. I’m thankful for a lot of things, but I’m most thankful for you!
  17. This Friendsgiving, let’s indulge in the laughter of friends, the aromas of foods we make the effort to cook once a year, and warm appreciation for blessings we enjoy. Happy Thanksgiving!

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