A Good Thanksgiving

January 3, 2021 in Thanksgiving - No Comments

Want a simple and sweet story to teach your child gratitude?? Read this A Good Thanksgiving Poem that we are sure your family will love!!

If you read our Gobble, Gobble post you’ll know that recently how I have started to view holidays has changed.

And that change, has brought a new found magic and understanding that we can truly create the family memories and traditions that truly make our house a home.

And a family that truly wants to be together instead of apart as they grow older.

It was always my wish to create a family that had traditions that they could constantly look forward to.

And I feel like I am finally feeling that and wanted to share with you how you can achieve that at your house too!!

So your family plays together and stays together!!

Despite it being January I recently came across a very sweet and heartwarming Thanksgiving tradition.

Melissa over at So Festive has an amazing website where she shares a ton of cool cool holiday ideas!! And she shared a Thanksgiving Book that she had made for her family.

A tradition her own mother had done with her when she was little. The idea was so sweet and I adored the idea!! You can check out her post at So Festive.

She created her own book and story-based on the poem “A Good Thanksgiving” by Marian Douglas.

A family even uses an old school flannel board with characters to read the poem each year!! You can check out their dear sweet video over at

I loved it so so so much that I decided that it was time for me to make me own book too!!

So I searched out the original poem which was written and published back in 1923.

The poem so sweet and darling teaches the gift of gratitude in such a simple and childlike manner.

A Good Thanksgiving poem is this:

Said Old Gentleman Gray, “On Thanksgiving Day,
If you want a good time, give something away.”

So he sent a fat turkey to Shoemaker Price,
And the shoemaker said, “What a big bird, how nice;
Since such a good dinner’s before me, I ought
To give Widow Lee the small chicken I bought.”

“Such a fine chicken, oh see!” said the pleased Widow Lee.
“And the kindness that sent it, how precious to me.
I would like to make someone as happy as I.
I’ll send Sister Biddy my big pumpkin pie.”

“Oh my,” Biddy said, “ ’tis the queen of all pies:
Just to look at its yellow face gladdens my eyes.
Now it’s my turn, I think, and a sweet sugar cake
For the motherless Finnegan children I’ll bake.”

“A sweet cake, all our own! ‘Tis too good to be true!”
Said the Finnegan children, Rose, Denny and Hugh.
It smells sweet of spice, and we’ll carry a slice
To poor little lame Jake who has nothing that’s nice.”

“Oh, I thank you, and thank you!” said little lame Jake,
“Oh, what a beautiful, beautiful, cake!
And oh, such a big slice! I’ll save all the crumbs,
And give them to each little sparrow that comes.”

And the sparrows they twittered as if they would say,
Like Old Gentleman Gray, “On Thanksgiving  Day,
If you want to be happy, give something away.”

This is a poem that I hope your family and mine alike can glean such simple lessons of gratitude from!!

I know that it touched my heart and so I share the following book I made with this poem in it!!

It is one that I will print laminate and place in our Thanksgiving bin to pull out each Thanksgiving holiday season.

Because it truly is an amazing way to find the joy needed in this life.

From our family to yours we wish you the happiest of Thanksgiving and are able to give something away that will bless the lives of others!!

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