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

Photo by Ms Jones from California
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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.

Give Thanks

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Photo by Alex Grichenko | Source

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.

Fall Harvest in a Basket

Photo by Vera Kratochvil
Photo by Vera Kratochvil | Source

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

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Pangurvan 5 years ago

Neat idea!

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MsDora 5 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks! I think so too.

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PegCole17 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

This one is beautiful in thought and words and a great way to get the family meal started with thanksgiving!

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MsDora 5 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thank you, PegCole17, for your affirmation. I appreciate you.

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anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

I think you started something.

useful and interesting.....Like the poem.

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MsDora 5 years ago from The Caribbean Author

That's encouraging, anndavis25. Thanks you.

Eddie-Perkins 5 years ago

Leave it up to MsDora to come up with such a wonderful idea. I am thankful for you! Vote up, useful and beautiful. ~ eddie

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MsDora 5 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Always a sweet comment from you, Eddie-Perkins. Thanks for your votes and Happy Thanksgiving!

Rose 5 years ago

your mind is certainly not idle ... thanks , will definitely use it

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MsDora 5 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Rose, what a kind thing to say! Thanks to you and you're very welcome to use the poem.

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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas

You're right. This would be a great tradition for the Thanksgiving celebration. The acrostic was great. I had not ever seen it done with multiple lines for each letter. Very ingenuous.

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MsDora 5 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks homesteadbound, for your kind comments. You do such great work yourself. Honored to read your work.

Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Beautiful idea Ms Dora thank you so much..


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MsDora 5 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thank YOU, Sunnie Day for stopping by. Your name alone brings energy, and your comments only add to that.

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Dee aka Nonna 5 years ago

Unfortunately I didn't read this before Thanksgiving but I love the idea and will use it, for sure, next year. And maybe, just maybe we can use it for our Christmas Dinner. There will be lots of people.... a variation of this just may work. A great, great big thank you MsDora. Voted up, useful, beautiful, awesom....and more.

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MsDora 5 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thank YOU for stopping by, Dee aka Nonna. It's just an idea for you to implement however it will benefit you most. God bless you and your family gathering!

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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

What a wonderful idea. I'm thinking, this might be a way for those who can't make it to the dinner to participate anyway, and all the remote contributions could be gathered up and read at the dinner. Voting this Up and Useful.

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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Alocsin, really a wonderful idea to have the absentees participate. Thanks for your votes and your suggestion.

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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Thanksgiving Acrostic for the Family Gathering another awesome hub about Thanksgiving, you certainly did a great one. The photos are beautiful and so well suggested.

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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

DDE, thank you for your kind comment. Thanksgiving does lent itself to beautiful pictures.

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ubrish 2 years ago from Pakistan(Asia)

Nice and lovely ideas,please keep it up

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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks, pretty lady Ubrish. I appreciate your encouragement.

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ubrish 2 years ago from Pakistan(Asia)

Welcome MsDora

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RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

Beautiful idea, and alocsin's comment enlarges it in a lovely way. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! To be able to gather with family and friends and express gratitude makes this a very special time of year. When people make thankfulness their focus they are refreshed in many ways.

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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

RT, thank you for your affirmation. Yes, thanksgiving by one's self increases energy. Imagine in a group--a family group at that.

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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

This is just beautiful! Thanksgiving is a big holiday in our house with a lot of extended family--I have much to be thankful for!

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ChitrangadaSharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

Very nice idea and suggestions to celebrate 'Thanksgiving' along with family. The all set dining table looks inviting and the poem with each alphabet is so nicely expressed.

Certainly a great way for a family get together and exchange of love and affection.

Voted up and thanks!

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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks, Audrey. Happy Thanksgiving again this year to you and the entire family.

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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Chitrangada, I appreciate your kind comment. Thank you.

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