Thanksgiving Acrostic for the Family Gathering
Whether it is the annual Thanksgiving dinner, a birthday or holiday celebration, it is always an auspicious occasion when the extended family comes together.
There are always trips down memory lane, rounds of laughter and – of course, a bountiful spread which necessitates a prayer of thanks. For that special moment, a traditional thanksgiving acrostic for the family gathering would certainly be in good taste.
The Thanksgiving Dinner Table
Here are the instructions, for a T-H-A-N-K-S-G-I-V-I-N-G acrostic (example below) which could serve as an example for the adults and can be adjusted for the children.
Assign one letter of T-H-A-N-K-S-G-I-V-I-N-G to each family member. If there are more family members than letters, make the adjustment so that the whole word is spelled out.
- The letters could be assigned as early as one week in advance, or as late as when they arrive for dinner,depending on their ability.
- Ask each person to compose one, two or four lines (your call) to contribute to the special Thanksgiving feature. If one line is assigned, the lines do not have to rhyme; and if two or four, rhyming is optional.
- If there are the necessary number of adults and the necessary number of children, do two acrostics. The children will love their own version.
- It would add fun and organization if the letters are printed and held up as the lines are read or recited. (One set of letters can be used, transferred from children to adults in turn).
This exercise would add expectation and excitement, and also present the opportunity for those with the potential, to exercise their gift of oratory.
Feel free to start the tradition this year by making use of the acrostic below. Edit the lines, if necessary, to fit your family situation and enjoy adding poetry to your thanksgiving family gathering.
Options: Your acrostic can spell T-H-A-N-K-F-U-L or G-I-V-E T-H-A-N-K-S or any appropriate word or phrase.
T - H - A - N - K - S - G - I - V - I - N - G
T—for Thanksgiving—and for Together
Tells a glad tale at this time of year;
Family gathering around the table,
Naming our blessings for all to hear.
H—for Homecoming from near and from far
To share food, faith, hope, courage and love;
We start by joining our hands and hearts,
In praises to our dear Lord above.
A-- for Ancestors both living and past—
They deserve mention, respect and applause;
Watching their spirit of gratitude,
Is why we join the Thanksgiving cause.
N—for Newcomers by birth or marriage,
Add to our family as years roll on;
Our number increases, and that’s good proof
Of the favor our family has won.
K—for the Kindness we hold in our hearts,
Outwardly showing in ways that we care:
In patience, forgiveness, companionship,
Appreciation when occasions appear.
S—for Sharing—and Strength—and Support;
Family virtues we have in each other,
Enabling us to lighten the burdens
And stresses of each sister and brother.
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G—for the Gifts we do not take for granted:
Our lives, our health, the love we all share,
The reasons we smile, the goals we achieve
Our various talents, some of them rare.
I—for Ideas we have learned in passing
Through our struggles and everyday fights;
Then comes today when we all give thanks
For insights which shed light on our nights.
V—for the Values we teach to our young,
Thankfulness among the top of the list;
If we pass on what we learn from our elders,
The worst of the vices our youth will resist.
I—for Intimacy, family closeness
Expressing affection, connecting minds,
Building relationships on the right premise:
Love centered in godliness never unwinds.
N—for the Names by which we are known;
Some change when our females get married.
Still we take pride in holding each one
To the standards our family established.
G—is for God, His Grace and His Goodness,
And Gratitude we owe Him all of our days;
For all He has done, and will do for our family
We give absolute thanks now and always.
© 2011 Dora Isaac Weithers