Let's Talk Turkey This Thanksgiving

The expression, "talking turkey," has come to mean speaking plainly, honestly, directly -- getting down to brass tacks, telling it like it is.

So, whether you actually eat turkey on Thanksgiving, talking turkey can help you and your fellow gatherers have a more meaningful holiday.

While eating a Thanksgiving meal together, many families take time to share about the things for which they are grateful. 

The following thought-provoking questions can help prompt meaningful conversation around any table. Enjoy!


  • If you could thank one person (living or dead) for his or her influence on your life, who would you thank?
  • What is one thing that you really appreciate about someone at the table?
  • What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learned this year?
  • What are three things that always make you smile?
  • What is your favorite part of Thanksgiving?
  • What random acts of kindness have you received this year?
  • What is your favorite Thanksgiving memory?
  • What made you laugh the hardest this past year?
  • What is one thing you would like to accomplish in the coming year?
  • Who is the most grateful person you know?
  • What book, article, or blog post are you most grateful for this year?
  • What do you appreciate about the change in seasons?
  • What is one thing you really love to do as a family?
  • What is one unusual tradition or ritual you’d like to make part of your Thanksgiving celebration?
  • What is the biggest struggle in your life right now?
  • How do you stay focused on gratitude throughout the year?
  • Which of your qualities make you a good friend?
  • If you could share Thanksgiving dinner with one famous historical figure, who would you choose?
  • What song or poem sums up your life over the past year?
  • What is the best compliment you’ve been given this last year?
  • If you could invent a holiday, what would it be called and what would it celebrate?
  • What is your favorite holiday and why is it your favorite?
  • When was one time this past year that you did the right thing, even when it was difficult?
  • What family member or friend do you wish was with us at the table today?
  • What characteristic of someone at the table do you really admire?
  • If you could learn a new skill this coming year, what would it be?
  • What is your favorite family tradition?
  • What is one way you’ve used your talents to serve others this past year?
  • What does the term “give thanks” mean to you?
  • What pieces of advice would you pass on to the next generation as they establish their own Thanksgiving traditions?

Thank you to the blog, "Of The Hearth," where we found these inspring questions. The Christian-oriented "Of the Hearth" describes itself as a blog about faith, family, and forging a difference in our communities. 


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