It’s that time again! Thanksgiving songs just might be my favorite out of all the holidays, so I am excited to share with you the songs from my collection that are perfect for this season.
There are many tunes I’ve written and collected over the years, but these are the 6 that I continue to pull out and use with my students every single November. Hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
I always love to kick off the holiday season with an attitude of thankfulness; I want to get my students thinking about the things and people for which they are thankful. This song is simple and conveys that message clearly.
This dance craze is sweeping the nation! Or at least, it’s a big hit with my student and clients around Thanksgiving time ;) The choreography is so basic that it really can’t be called choreography. Each element in the song has its own move, as described on the song page.
A teacher I worked with shared the words of what was originally a poem with me, and mentioned that it might make a cute song. So I whipped up a fun little melody and added “Ten Little Turkeys” to my collection of Thanksgiving-themed songs. Not only do my students love singing it, but it targets several objectives, including rhyming and counting backwards from 10.
“On the first day of Thanksgiving, this is what I ate: some turkey on my plate.” There are 9 more verses where that came from, all of which many of my students know by heart. I had so much fun creating an original recording of this song, as well as an instrumental version and PDF visual.
One of my favorite movies of all times is White Christmas. A few winters back, as I listened to Bing and Rosemary croon about counting their blessings, I had a thought: what about a song that literally does just that?! And that’s how “Count Your Blessings” came to be. Each verse gives an example of some of the blessings in our lives, and then comes the actual counting — by 1, 2, 5, and 10.
“Colors of Thanksgiving” doesn’t need much of an introduction or explanation; I think the title pretty much tells all. This is another one of those songs where I really had to refrain from writing additional verses, because there are just so many great symbols that represent this holiday. And yes, most of those symbols are edible, but I managed to work in at least one non-edible item.
And there you have it! My hope is that this little roundup provides a repertoire boost for these next few weeks, and maybe even some inspiration to write your own Thanksgiving songs.