Thanksgiving poems and other writings have been a traditional part of the celebration for hundreds of years. Since the holiday was begun several centuries ago, poetry has been written that reflects the heartfelt gratitude of the first European settlers to the New World in 1621. Modern day writings offer not only reflective and inspirational value to the holiday, but also provoke laughter that gives instant meaning to Proverbs 15:15b, "...he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast." Thanksgiving poetry both old and new, explores the many aspects of the holiday from pumpkin haikus and football fables to gratitude for God's rich provision to us all.
Collections of Thanksgiving writings can be purchased from many online book stores or in your neighborhood reading establishment. There are books that contain Thanksgiving poems for adults, youth and children. Many collections offer delightful views of the first Thanksgiving as well as perspectives about the blessings of God. One can also find websites dedicated to poetry that offer plenty of interesting and searchable Thanksgiving poetry titles for a pleasant afternoon's read. The selection of children's narratives and holiday collections is quite extensive in most local libraries as well.
Children are especially interested in holidays, and tapping into this interest can be a great way to spark a child's interest into poetry and different forms of writing. A great family activity in November is to take ones children to the community library to search for Thanksgiving poems. Including an appropriate reading to the holiday dinner festivities could be an interesting addition. Each child could choose the Thanksgiving poetry they like the best and present a short reading of it while everyone enjoys their pumpkin pie. Or better yet, if the child is older, ask him or her to compose original Thanksgiving poetry that expresses gratitude to God for whatever is in their heart. Not only is this a good exercise that reminds them of God's goodness, but it also provides a momentary window into a child's soul.
Holiday poems have not lost their charm especially the ones written hundreds of years ago that showcase the King's English with 'thees' and 'thous' prominent in many lines. There is something to be said for the unusual expressions of poets of yesteryear who were attune to God and wrote their poetry as a gift back to Him. Of course, there is also something to be said for the writings of today that may indulge the funny bone of the reader! Thankfully, God not only wants our sincere praises but He encourages moments of uninhibited mirth through delightful. "O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever." (Psalms 118:1)