The ABC’s of Thanksgiving

Here are some Thanksgiving riddles for you to solve…


What always smells the best at a Thanksgiving dinner?

                    your nose

What key will never open a lock?

                     a turkey

Why do turkeys gobble?

                    they don’t have any manners (here’s where you groan out loud)

What happened when the turkey got into a fight?

                    He got the stuffing knocked out of him

& the last one….

What do all these languages have in common with our American Thanksgiving?

  •  Afrikaans – dankbaarheid

  •  Bulgaria – благодарносÑ

  •  Chinese – 感謝

  •  Dutch – dankbaarheid

  •  Estonian – tänulikkus

  •  Finnish – kiitollisuus

  •  German – Dankbarkeit

  •  Haitian – rekonesans

  •  Icelandic – þakklæti

  •  Japanese – 感謝

  •  Korean – 감사

  •  Latvian – pateicÄ«ba

  •  Malay – terima kasih

  •  Norwegian – takknemlighet

  •  Portugese – gratidão

  •  Romanian – recunoÅŸtinţă

  •  Swahili – shukrani

  •  Thai – กตเวทิตา

  •  Urdu – شکر

  •  Vietnamese – lòng biết ơn

  •  Welsh – ddiolch

  •  Yiddish – דאנקבארקייט

No Virginia… the answer is NOT turkey!

Give up???

Here’s a hint…your friends’ faces, the people you love, the things that make you happy, your favorite food or book or song.

Got it???

The answer is “Gratitude“.  All the countries above, & many more, have a word for gratitude.

Wikipedia defines gratitude as… thankfulness, gratefulness, or appreciation, a feeling or attitude in acknowledgment of a benefit that one has received or will receive.

How cool is it that, even though every country & culture has a way to express gratitude, Americans have an entire day devoted to its celebration? I’m going to suggest you start a list so that when you’re carving that turkey or that hotdog, watching those Lions & Packers or Duck Dynasty, or the Macy’s Parade or even planning that Friday morning shopping extravaganza, you won’t forget to find a moment to express your gratitude…”an acknowledgement of a benefit you have or will receive”.

Me…I’m off to find that list I started yesterday!!!

I nevr did get the knack of putting my clothes away...

About Diane

a long time lover of all things aquatic...swimming, sailing, kayaking, snorkeling...if it involves water...I'm in. Add traveling, snowshoeing in the winter, gardening in the spring, & lots of fresh air & sunshine. Blend with cooking, crafting, great friends & my Border Collie Zack. Toss in some sweet beekeeping. Mix in a couple of great books, my camera, clean notebook paper, & a cool pen & you pretty much have a picture of me. My friends tell me I should also add..."once a teacher...always a teacher".
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