Friends and family are happily gathered. The smell of roasted turkey and sweet potatoes is in the air. Children are frolicking around the house and everyone is waiting in anticipation for a wonderful Thanksgiving feast. Some Thanksgiving music songs can only add to the holiday atmosphere.
Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on what people are grateful for. In times of economic upheaval, many people feel blessed to have a roof over their heads and food on the table. Thanksgiving hymns offer people a way to musically appreciate what they have. The following inspirational songs of praise work beautifully for background music:
- “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come”
- “We Gather Together”
- “Count Your Blessings”
- “Sing to the Lord of the Harvest”
- “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”
Thanksgiving music doesn’t have to be merely Thanksgiving songs. It can be any kind of music that expresses gratitude. While sitting down to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, consider asking each person at the table to express what they’re thankful for. This is a wonderful time to put on some background music. Some pleasant songs for consideration include:
- “A Song of Thanksgiving”—Ralph Vaughan Williams
- “Thankful”—Kelly Clarkson
- “What a Wonderful World”—Louis Armstrong
- “I’ve Got Plenty to be Thankful for”—Bing Crosby
- “Be Thankful”—Natalie Cole
- “That’s What Friends Are for For”—Dionne Warwick
Thanksgiving Songs for Kids
Kids love music. They like to sing along to songs as well as wiggle and dance around. Thanksgiving songs are great for keeping kids entertained at home as well as during classroom celebrations at school. Here are some fun Thanksgiving songs that kids can sing and dance to while enjoying their Thanksgiving holiday:
- “Turkey in the Straw”—The Wiggles
- “Let’s Turkey Trot”—Little Eva
- “Over the Meadow and Through the Woods”—Alvin and the Chipmunks
- “(I’m Gonna Eat) on Thanksgiving Day”—Laurie Berkner
- “Great Pumpkin Waltz”—Vince Guaraldi
Thanksgiving songs for kids can be played in the background while kids are doing holiday crafts. If entertaining a lot of children, let them have a turkey trot contest while listening to Little Eva’s “Let’s Turkey Trot,” or a wiggle contest with “Turkey in the Straw.”
Thanksgiving music and songs can offer different meanings to different people. For religious individuals, they offer the opportunity to give praise to God. Others enjoy Thanksgiving music that reflects what they are grateful for. For kids, Thanksgiving songs can be a fun way to be entertained.
No matter what the reason, there are many Thanksgiving tunes available that can help set the atmosphere for a wonderful day of feasting and spending time with special friends and family during the holiday season.