Lincoln proclaimed the first and official Thanksgiving holiday in 1863, and Americans widely celebrate it with a gut-busting meal, shopping, and football. Here are great Thanksgiving messages to send to your employees.
1. Thanksgiving is a perfect time to stop and reflect on all the things for which we are grateful. And I am grateful to have you as an employee and to also count you as a friend. I hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving.
2. My favorite time of the year is Thanksgiving because there isn’t a lot of stuff to buy and distract us from its true meaning: gratitude. May your Thanksgiving be full of happiness as you appreciate the bountiful abundance in your lives.
3. Every day you strive to do better, and 95% of the time, you succeed. I count the other 5% as a success as we learn as much from the things that don’t work as those that do. Thank you for everything you do, and I hope you and your family have a Happy Thanksgiving.
4. Thank you for always looking for new and creative ways of strengthening the team and our business. I hope you enjoy the time off with your friends and family and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
5. Thank you for always showing up to work full of energy, professionalism, and a focus on the solutions, rather than the problems. Together, I know we will continue to achieve great things. Enjoy the holidays, and I hope your Thanksgiving is full of joy.
6. Life’s most precious treasures are relationships. This Thanksgiving, I give thanks for the relationships we have on our team and in our personal lives. May your Thanksgiving festivities be happy, meaningful, and safe.
7. You are such a positive influence on the team, and I count you as one of my most valued employees. Thank you for your commitment and for bringing the absolute best of yourself to work each day. Happy Thanksgiving.
8. Thank you for always being willing to do the right thing, even though sometimes it is also the hardest thing. Your efforts are very much appreciated by me and the rest of the management team. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.
9. You should know that you are one of the few people in the business who I know will give 100% effort, 100% of the time. Thank you for that, and I hope your Thanksgiving is full of abundance and the opportunity to relax.
10. Thank you for helping us to achieve such great success this year. I have no doubt that your persistence and energy have helped us get to where we are today. The future of our company looks exciting with you on the team. I hope you have a fantastic Thanksgiving holiday with those you love.
11. At this time of Thanksgiving, know that I have genuinely appreciated your efforts to find innovative solutions to the variety of problems we have faced this year. And perhaps even more, I have appreciated your capacity to find humor and happiness in your work when times have been tough. Thank you, and Happy Thanksgiving!
12. Enjoy your Thanksgiving. I wanted you to know that this year, one of the things I am thankful for is having someone with your high standards, persistence, and sense of humor on the team.
13. I love the creativity and drive you bring to your work. You have helped your team and our business achieve things that I would never have thought possible. Keep doing what you are doing and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
14. This Thanksgiving, I wanted you to know that even though your work doesn’t get the attention of many others, I know all about the incredible work you are doing to keep our ship afloat. Thank you for your efforts, and I hope your Thanksgiving is full of happiness and all the people and things that you love.
15. This Thanksgiving, many people are thinking of tables full of incredible feasts. I am thinking about how lucky I am to have you on my team. Thank you for everything you do for us every day. I hope your Thanksgiving Day is warm and joyous.
16. With the craziness of our work schedules, I sometimes forget to acknowledge your work and tell you how much I appreciate you. Let me simply say thank you, and that I value everything you bring to our company. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
17. Please accept my deepest thanks for your tireless and incredibly productive efforts at solving some overwhelming challenges this year. Together we have traveled through the flames and have emerged on the other side, bigger, better, and stronger than ever. I hope your Thanksgiving is fantastic and relaxing.
18. Thank you for being such an incredible employee. Your energy and sense of humor make the workplace a better place. Enjoy a well-deserved holiday, which I hope is full of gut-busting delights and fun with your family.
19. It has been wonderful to see how you have grown in confidence this year. I hope you know how much I, and the rest of the management team, appreciate your valuable contributions and suggestions at work. Enjoy your Thanksgiving, and I look forward to seeing what you can achieve next year.
20. Having seen what you have been able to achieve this year, I am thankful this Thanksgiving that I was able to recruit you. I am also thankful that you have given 110% from your very first day. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family.
21. Thank you for being such a cohesive and dynamic force in the team, breaking down silos and fostering collaboration. Please take some well-deserved time to enjoy Thanksgiving with your family.
22. Our workplace, business, and staff morale are all so much better since you joined our team, and for that I am incredibly grateful. I hope you and your family enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday.
23. I wanted to take the opportunity of Thanksgiving to acknowledge your efforts in helping us achieve our ambitious growth plans this year. Your attention to detail and project planning skills helped us pull off the impossible. Thank you, and I hope you enjoy a well-deserved break with your loved ones.
24. With so much recruitment activity and new staff coming on board this year, there was a risk that things could go terribly wrong. The fact that they didn’t, and we have quickly moved to a state of effectively functioning teams, is a testament to you. Thank you, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
25. Happy Thanksgiving! I wanted you to know how much I appreciate the skillful way in which you manage all our [digital marketing and social media business]. An old dinosaur like me could never do what you do in terms of [building our reach, profile, and brand awareness]. You are very appreciated.
26. Much like Santa’s “naughty” and “nice” list, at this time of the year, I sit down and write my “thanksgiving” list. Your name immediately came to mind as a person who I am grateful to be working with every day. Please accept my thanks and warm wishes for a relaxing Thanksgiving.
27. Thank you for always being there to organize my schedule, emails, travel, and the thousand other things you do to keep me on track at work. I am forever grateful to have you as my assistant. I look forward to seeing you again after the Thanksgiving holiday.
28. I appreciate all of your hard work and devotion to the job. May you enjoy a bountiful Thanksgiving together with your family and those dearest to you.
29. We wish you a safe and memorable Thanksgiving. We hope that this special occasion will bring you happiness as you spend time with those you hold dear.
30. We thank you for all your hard work and hope your Thanksgiving break is spent unplugged and recharging. Happy Thanksgiving.
31. This time of year is a great opportunity to reflect on the many reasons we have to be thankful in our lives. We thank you for your dedication to your job and the success of this company. Please stay safe and have a Happy Thanksgiving.
32. We wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving day and send you special greetings to express our appreciation for having the opportunity to work with you every day.
33. With the approach of Thanksgiving, another year is coming to a close. Thank you for your hard work and sacrifice this year to contribute to the success of our company. We hope you enjoy bountiful joy and fellowship this Thanksgiving break.
34. We want to thank you for being such a special part of our team. At Thanksgiving, we remember what is truly important in life, and are thankful for the wonderful people in our lives. Happy Thanksgiving.
35. This Thanksgiving, may you bask in happiness, a deep sense of fulfillment, and peace together with your loved ones. We are thankful to have you as our employee and look forward to finishing the year out strong together.
36. Thanksgiving is a time to reflect and be grateful for the bounty we have in our work and in our lives. Thank you for the sacrifices you make all year long to keep things running smoothly. Have a safe and relaxing Thanksgiving with your family.
37. As you sit down to your Thanksgiving feast this year, we hope you look back over the year with satisfaction for a job well done. We wish you rest and relaxation over the Thanksgiving break and look forward to pushing toward a strong close to the end of the year.
38. May your turkey be moist, your cranberry sauce be sweet, and you have enough wine to go around. Wishing you a joyful and festive Thanksgiving this year from our family to yours.
39. This Thanksgiving, we want to say a special “thank you” for your partnership with us toward our shared goals. May you and your family have a deliciously self-indulgent Thanksgiving, and we look forward to seeing you when you come back.
40. Thanksgiving is the perfect time of year to step back and reflect with gratitude on the fullness of our lives. Thank you for choosing to work here and your determination to do your best every single day. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.
41. This Thanksgiving, we hope that you spend some well-earned time recharging and enjoying the holiday with your friends and family. Thank you for your dedication and hard work this year. We are where we are because of you!
42. On this Thanksgiving Day, we are thankful for your effort and dedication all year long. May your Thanksgiving Day be one where you can unplug and focus on the most important things in life. Happy Thanksgiving.
43. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families. I hope you will take this time to enjoy time with your families, and to be proud of your accomplishments this year. I am grateful for your energy and commitment and look forward to seeing you after the break.
44. This Thanksgiving, there is so much to be thankful for, and the biggest one is you. Thank you for being a devoted member of our team. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.
45. Every day we get better at what we are doing and grow stronger as a team. We have come so far this year, and I am grateful for your continued dedication and loyalty. Have a relaxing and memorable Thanksgiving with those special to you in your life. It is a break well-deserved.
46. Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the countdown to the end of the year, when we make our final push to hit our numbers. I want to thank you for the immense work you have put in so far this year as we strive to be known for our expertise. I hope your Thanksgiving is joyful and gives you some memorable time with your family.
47. It is employees like you that make this company what it is. I don’t say it enough, but I am grateful for your hard work and loyalty to this company. May you and your family enjoy good food and good conversation this Thanksgiving Day.
48. May this Thanksgiving bring you and your family a harvest of good health, good food, and good rest. Thank you for being a strong member of the team and I look forward to working with you when you get back.
49. This Thanksgiving, I thought I would let you know that corporate policy has officially included pumpkin pie as a vegetable, so make sure to eat your vegetables! In all seriousness, thank you for devoting your energy to your job all year, and have a Happy Thanksgiving with your families.
50. While Thanksgiving focuses on food, family, and gratitude, I am focusing on my employees, my staff, and my contractors. Thank you for working every day as a team to make this business run. Please enjoy your time off and come back safely.
Best Quotes for Your Thanksgiving Message to Your Employees
“When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched — they must be felt with the heart.”
“Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: It must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.”
“If the only prayer you said in your life was ‘Thank you,’ that would suffice.”
“He who thanks but with the lips Thanks but in part; The full, the true Thanksgiving Comes from the heart.”
“Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast.”
“When asked if my cup is half-full or half-empty my only response is that I am thankful I have a cup.”
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”
“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”
“Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds.”
“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
“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
“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.”
“The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.”
“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.”
“Appreciation can change a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.”
“Be present in all things and thankful for all things.”
“Cooking Tip: Wrap turkey leftovers in aluminum foil and throw them out.”
“My Thanksgiving is perpetual. It is surprising how contented one can be with nothing definite — only a sense of existence.”
Henry David Thoreau
“Thanksgiving is a time to give, a time to love, and a time to reflect on the things that matter most in life.”
“Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.”
Native American Saying
“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.”
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more.”
“Remember God’s bounty in the year. String the pearls of His favor. Hide the dark parts, except so far as they are breaking out in light! Give this one day to thanks, to joy, to gratitude!”
Henry Ward Beecher
“Most turkeys taste better the day after; my mother’s tasted better the day before.”
“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.”
“Coexistence: what the farmer does with the turkey — until Thanksgiving.”
“Thanksgiving is a joyous invitation to shower the world with love and gratitude.”
Amy Leigh Mercree
“Gratitude can turn a meal into a feast.”
“A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues.”
“Sharing in God’s blessings is at the heart of Thanksgiving and at the core of the American spirit.”
“I think that is a better thing than thanksgiving: thanks-living. How is this to be done? By a general cheerfulness of manner, by an obedience to the command of Him by whose mercy we live, by a perpetual, constant delighting of ourselves in the Lord, and by a submission of our desires to His will.”
“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
“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.”
“Hello, sun in my face. Hello, you who made the morning and spread it over the fields. Watch, now, how I start the day in happiness, in kindness.”
“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.”
“Thanksgiving is America’s national chow-down feast, the one occasion each year when gluttony becomes a patriotic duty.”
“Even in the trials of life, if we have eyes to see them, we can find good things everywhere we look.”
“For what I have received may the Lord make me truly thankful. And more truly for what I have not received.”
“Forever on Thanksgiving Day the heart will find the pathway home.”
Wilbur D. Nesbit
“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.”
“Thanksgiving Day is a good day to recommit our energies to giving thanks and just giving.”
“Thankfulness creates gratitude, which generates contentment that causes peace.”
“Real ballplayers pass the stuffing by rolling it up in a ball and batting it across the table with a turkey leg.”
“Thanksgiving, man. Not a good day to be my pants.”
“O Lord that lends me life, lend me a heart replete with thankfulness.”
“Give thanks not just on Thanksgiving Day, but every day of your life. Appreciate and never take for granted all that you have.”
“Stand up, on this Thanksgiving Day, stand upon your feet. Believe in man. Soberly and with clear eyes, believe in your own time and place. There is not, and there never has been a better time, or a better place to live in.”
“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”
William Arthur Ward
“Pride slays thanksgiving, but a humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grow. A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.”
Henry Ward Beecher
The following infographic provides the most popular food choices for Americans during the Thanksgiving season. During Thanksgiving, green beans are the top side dish, followed by turkey. Almost half of individuals talked about pumpkin pie more than any other dessert.
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