While Thanksgiving is a national holiday—one which is commonly marked by large family gatherings and a traditional turkey meal—the day is about more than meat and mashed potatoes. Thanksgiving gives us a chance to stop, slow down, and appreciate the “little things” in life, including the bounty of pies before us.
But most of us don’t just express our gratitude at the dining room table. We share shots of our family, friends, fixins, and yes, wine, on social media with pithy captions, because let’s face it: our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram family is a big part of our lives, too. I mean, if you don’t “do it for the ‘gram” did you do it all? (We're kidding. Don't @ us.)
So before you settle in for a day of football, familial fighting, and a food-induced coma, check out some of the most heartfelt quotes and funniest Thanksgiving Instagram captions we've read. These jokes and genuine expressions of what you're grateful for (turkey included!) will get your post all the likes.
“Living in a state of gratitude is the gateway to grace." — Arianna Huffington
"When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed." — Maya Angelou
"Gratitude is looking on the brighter side of life, even if it means hurting your eyes." — Ellen DeGeneres
"What if today, we were just grateful for everything?" — Charlie Brown
"After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations." — Oscar Wilde
"Even in the trials of life, if we have eyes to see them, we can find good things everywhere we look." — Joanna Gaines
"Family should be the place where you can be your most complete self." — Oprah Winfrey
"I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual." —Henry David Thoreau
"At some point in life the world's beauty becomes enough. You don't need to photograph, paint or even remember it. It is enough." —Toni Morrison
"Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for." —Zig Ziglar
Gratitude is the best attitude.
Give thanks for a little, and you will find a lot.
Thank you for the food before us, the friends beside us, and the love between us.
A happy heart is a thankful heart.
We may not have it all together, but together, we have it all.
There’s always something to be thankful for.
Thankful. Grateful. Blessed.
Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and never giving it.
Together is a wonderful place to be.
I’m thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, and dreams that turned into reality.
Being grateful will change your life.
Good vibes and apple pies.
It’s not joy that makes us grateful; it’s gratitude that makes us joyful.
Give thanks—today, and every day.
Gratitude turns what we have into enough.
Thanksgiving is a word of action.
Let our lives be full of thanks and giving.
Gratitude helps us to see what’s there instead of what isn’t.
Happiness is homemade.
Friendsgiving: Where friends who are family gather together and give thanks.
Grateful for the big things, the little things, and everything in between.
Funny (& Punny) Captions
I hope your turkey is moist, stuffing is fluffy, and that when you’re done, your nice and stuffy.
Hey, I just met you, and this is gravy. But here's my stuffing, so carve me maybe." — Mitchell Bader
Is it too soon to be thinking about leftovers? Asking for a friend.
Why didn’t the cook bother to season the Thanksgiving turkey? She didn’t have thyme.
Stuffed with stuffing.
I yam whatever you say I yam.
Raise your gobble-let for a toast!
I’m thankful for elastic waistbands.
It's about to get cranberry sauced.
Foul language welcome at the dinner table.
Keep calm and gobble on.
Thanksgiving, bringing out the best of family dysfunction since 1863.
May your turkey be moist and may no one use that word to describe it.
I’m grateful that no matter how much turkey I eat this Thanksgiving, my jewelry will still fit.
Leftovers are for quitters.
I’m all about that baste.
Gobble 'til you wobble.
Family and turkey and football—oh my!
Just keep eating. Just keep eating.
Pies before guys.
Reminder: Set your scale back 10 pounds today!
May your pants be stretchy, glasses stay full, and may your family avoid all talk of politics.
Is gravy a carb?
Oh my gourd, I can't eat another bite.
I came in like a Butterball.
We offered the turkey some dinner, but he was already stuffed.
Red wine pairs well with family.
Does anyone know what pumpkin pie tastes like when you're hungry?
This stuffing is the tur-key to my heart.
Keep calm and wear stretchy pants.
Feast your eyes on this.
No one puts gravy in the corner.
With my cutie pies.
Having a gourd time.
Remember: You don't have to answer your family's questions if your mouth is full.
They whine. I wine.
It’s leg day.
Thankful, blessed, and mashed potato obsessed.
Why did I eat so much food?
Eat hard, nap harder.
Too full to think of a caption.
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