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Gratitude in Action: 6 Thanksgiving Traditions From Around the World

Thanksgiving traditions worldwide celebrate gratitude and the bounty of the harvest.

Holidays celebrating gratitude, communal harmony and harvest bounty are common around the world. (Photo via Faith Goble, Flickr)

Did you know that our American Thanksgiving is just one of many gratitude-related Thanksgiving traditions celebrated around the world?

Traditions differ from country to country, but gratitude in action is cause for universal celebration.

The spirit and significance of giving thanks is the same wherever you go — with or without roast turkey and cranberry sauce. So what does giving thanks look like around the world?

Celebrations worldwide of “thanks-giving” share several elements, no matter what people are eating, wearing or singing. We all honor:

  • harvest bounty
  • communal harmony
  • gratitude in action

That last one, gratitude in action, is an important one. Simply thinking about gratitude isn’t a cause for celebration. It’s about how we act on our gratitude. We’re giving thanks, not having thanks!

The French word for Thanksgiving is action de grâce. Translated literally, then, Thanksgiving is a day for “actions of grace.”

Read on for six “actions of grace” traditions from around the world.

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Where to Shop With Your gThankYou! Gift Certificate

Use your gThankYou! Gift Certificate at your favorite grocery store!

Shop the way you like at your favorite grocery store with your gThankYou! Turkey or Ham Gift Certificate. (Photo via, flickr)

Wondering where you can shop using your gThankYou! Gift Certificate?

You can choose your favorite grocery store chain or mass-merchant store such as Wal-Mart or Target anywhere in the U.S.

As long as the store honors manufacturer coupons, they have the ability to accept your gThankYou! Certificate and there are no grocery chains that we are aware of that do not honor gThankYou! Certificates.

Your gThankYou! Gift Certificate is a manufacturer coupon, just like the cents-off coupons you’re used to, it’s just higher value. They have safety features built into the paper such that they can be validated easily over the phone.

The only stores that do not honor gThankYou! Certificates are those that don’t accept any manufacturer coupons, such as Costco and Sam’s and the Aldi chain. Specialty stores don’t typically honor coupons.  However, if your favorite specialty store is willing to call us, we will redeem it for them. We’re often asked about HoneyBaked Ham stores: many of them do take our coupons but not all.  For shoppers interested especially in HoneyBaked Hams, some grocery stores such as Kroger are beginning to stock them.

Quick tip:
If the store you choose has any questions or concerns, please be sure they call us while you are there so we can take care of it for you.  You can always go to customer service on your way in to a store. Our toll-free number is on the coupon: 888-484-1658.

Learn more about your gthankyou! gift certificate with these free downloads!

gThankYou! offers several useful free downloads for Gift Certificate recipients including a “Guide to Using Your Certificate,” available both in English and in Spanish.  (These can both be found on our website under the “Information for Recipients” tab.)

If you’re a recipient, download one for yourself for easy reference. If you’re an employer, download and print off as many guides as you need for your employees, for posting or distributing.

Download our FREE guide in English! Download our FREE guide in Spanish!

We also offer free cookbooks that are full of helpful advice for the novice cook as well as the seasoned pro.

These popular cookbooks, “Ultimate Thanksgiving Turkey Guide” and “Holiday Ham Guide” are great companions to your gThankYou! Turkey or Ham Gift Certificate.

Click here to see all our FREE DOWNLOADS in one place.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at gThankYou! However you celebrate, we hope your gThankYou! certificate helps you create a delicious and meaningful meal among family and friends.

About gThankYou, LLC

Turkey Gift Certificates and Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates by gThankYou! are two of America’s favorite employee gifts and can be redeemed for any Brand (Turkey or Turkey Or Ham), at virtually any Grocery Store in the U.S.

gThankYou, LLC provides company leaders with a variety of easy, meaningful and affordable ways to recognize and reward employees, holiday time or anytime. gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude and our free Enclosure Cards are personalizable including incorporating your company logo. And, nearly all orders ship same day.

gThankYou, LLC ( is based in Madison, Wisconsin. Contact: Rick KileyChief ThankYou! Officer, gThankYou, LLC at or 888-484-1658.
Follow the Company Blog – “Celebrating Work”.
Join the Conversation @gThankYou 
Watch our gThankYou! YouTube Video – “Learn More About Us”.

“G” logo and “Certificates of Gratitude” are trademarks and “gThankYou” is a registered trademark of gThankYou, LLC.

Use Your Turkey Gift Certificate On A Culinary Tour Of The U.S.

Recipe suggestions for using your gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificate

Take a culinary vacation with your gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificate and try a mouth-watering recipe from across the country. (Photo via jennie-o, Flickr)

This Thanksgiving, take your taste buds on a trip and try something new! Your gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificate — redeemable for any turkey size, brand or type — is your ticket to a culinary tour of the United States.

This week, the New York Times published an interactive guide to Thanksgiving recipes from each of the 50 states (plus D.C. and Puerto Rico).  It’s impossible not to be inspired to try something new and different after looking at the mouth-watering pictures and recipes.  We’re particularly pleased that the article kicks off featuring Wild Rice with Mushrooms – a recipe from our home state of Wisconsin!

The NYT guide includes turkey recipes for:

Plus you’ll find state-specific recipes for a variety of appetizers, soups, salads, side dishes and desserts.

Like all recipes that have been passed down for generations or are based on local staples, each dish has a good story behind it.  We know you’ll love this resource as much as we do!

All this week on our blog, Celebrating Work, we’ll be sharing tips on how to make your Thanksgiving successful and filled with gratitude.

You’ll find useful turkey-cooking tips, such as Thanksgiving Turkey: Where Does the Thermometer Go?, and general advice for workplace gratitude and employee engagement around the holidays, such as “Putting the ‘Thanks’ of Thanksgiving in Your Workplace.”

We hope you enjoy your holiday with family and friends and have a happy, delicious Thanksgiving!

For more Turkey Day cooking tips, check out our popular cookbook, “The Ultimate Turkey Guide” to make a mouth-watering centerpiece to your holiday feast and “wow” your guests.  It’s perfect for the first time cook and the seasoned pro!

Download your Free Thanksgiving Turkey Cookbook and Guide now by clicking below:Download Free Thanksgiving Turkey Cookbook by gThankYou!

About gThankYou, LLC

Turkey Gift Certificates and Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates by gThankYou! are two of America’s favorite employee gifts and can be redeemed for any Brand (Turkey or Turkey Or Ham), at virtually any Grocery Store in the U.S.

gThankYou, LLC provides company leaders with a variety of easy, meaningful and affordable ways to recognize and reward employees, holiday time or anytime.  gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude and our free Enclosure Cards are personalizable including incorporating your company logo. And, nearly all orders ship same day.

gThankYou, LLC ( is based in Madison, Wisconsin.  Contact:  Rick Kiley, Chief ThankYou! Officer, gThankYou, LLC at or 888-484-1658.
Follow the Company Blog –  “Celebrating Work”.
Join the Conversation @gThankYou
Watch our gThankYou! YouTube Video – “Learn More About Us”.

“G” logo and “Certificates of Gratitude” are trademarks and “gThankYou” is a registered trademark of gThankYou, LLC.

Creative Ways to Share Your gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificate

gThankYou turkey gift certificateHave fun with your gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificate by sharing creatively with employees!

People love getting gift certificates. In fact, Americans plan to give more gift cards this year than in the past. According to an October survey by the National Retail Association, gift cards remain the most requested gift item for the eighth year in a row.

Gift certificates like the gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificate are convenient for giver and receiver alike, plus they’re meaningful, practical and easy to redeem!

Your Turkey Gift Certificate is more than just a piece of paper. It’s a meaningful contribution to your company’s overall culture of gratitude!

Read on for tips to make your gift-giving as special as possible.

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It’s Not Too Late To Share Your Thanksgiving Turkey Gifts!

gThankYou! Thanksgiving turkey gift

Delight your employees with Thanksgiving turkey gifts! Turkeys represent the spirit of the holiday, whether they’re roasted in the oven or cooked outdoors in a deep fryer, as these two friends are about to do. (Photo via natapics, Flickr)

Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away, but there’s still time to order your Thanksgiving turkey gifts from gThankYou!

Your employees work hard for you all year. The holidays are almost upon us, and if you haven’t planned a holiday thank-you for them, it isn’t too late!

Why thanksgiving turkey gifts?

Thanksgiving is the perfect holiday to share your thanks with employees — not only does Thanksgiving celebrate the very spirit of gratitude, it has a rich history in the U.S. and is well-loved by just about everyone. It gathers family and friends alike for fellowship (and, of course, lots of delicious food).

Turkeys are the centerpiece of this tradition-filled feast, so you’re giving a vital component of a major celebration when you share Thanksgiving turkey gifts with employees. By sharing gThankYou! Turkey Gift Certificates, not frozen birds, you’re giving your employees the choice of when, where and how to enjoy their Thanksgiving turkey.

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Thanksgiving Gift Certificates Put the ‘Thanks’ in Thanksgiving

gThankYou Thanksgiving gift certificates

Cheers to Thanksgiving! Celebrate gratitude by sharing Thanksgiving gift certificates with your employees. (Photo via Satya Murthy, Flickr)

This holiday season, we celebrate harvest bounty, the power of community and the value of gratitude. Include your employees in the celebration by offering the very essence of Thanksgiving: Turkey Gift Certificates!

Recently, divisiveness has ruled the public discussion about Thanksgiving. Some retailers want to open on Thanksgiving for shoppers who are eager to get a head-start on Black Friday; others see this as an intrusion on a national holiday.

This heated debate has at least one great benefit: it encourages us to consider the true meaning of Thanksgiving.

What does celebrating gratitude mean to us, to our family, and to our community? The details may differ from person to person and from family to family, but there are certain values about Thanksgiving that we all share.

These shared values are exactly why Thanksgiving gift certificates — like the gThankYou Turkey Gift Certificate — are so fantastic for employees. Thanksgiving gift certificates are always appreciated, practical and make gratitude easy.

Read on to find out why Thanksgiving gift certificates are the ideal way to honor the enduring traditions of the holiday.

Let’s look a little closer at the values we associate with Thanksgiving, to better understand why Thanksgiving gift certificates work so well as employee holiday gifts.

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Spread Workplace Gratitude with Random Acts of Kindness

gThankYou Random Acts of Kindness

A smile is the easiest, fastest way to spread gratitude on World Kindness Day, or any day. (Photo via Rohit Gowaikar, Flickr)

Random acts of kindness shouldn’t need a reason, explanation or holiday, but in today’s fast-paced workplace, we could all use a reminder to be kinder.

We get that little nudge to be kinder with World Kindness Day, held annually on Nov. 13.

World Kindness Day evolved from a series of conferences in the 1990s in Japan by a group that grew to be known internationally as the World Kindness Movement. Since then, the group has gone global and is working to promote kindness from Italy to South Korea.

The World Kindness Movement partners with the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation to spread and promote kindness, gratitude, and joy wherever and whenever it can.

This year, in honor of World Kindness Day, the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation has some fun ideas for how to celebrate.

Read on to find out how to make your workplace “party central” on World Kindness Day.

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Gratitude Challenge: How Daily Gratitude Inspires Great Leaders

November's the perfect month for a gratitude challenge!

Try a gratitude challenge this month to inspire lasting good habits and be a better leader. (Photo via Cindi Albright, Flickr)

Dare yourself to try a “gratitude challenge” this month. You’ll be in good company with great leaders who know the awesome power of gratitude!

Throughout November, Real Simple Magazine invites you to participate in a gratitude challenge and “practice cultivating a spirit of gratitude in our daily lives — not just on the one day when turkey is served.”

Every weekday in November leading up to Thanksgiving, Real Simple will “prompt readers via social media to say a thoughtful, unique thank-you to people who have made a difference in their lives.” You can play along with the Real Simple Gratitude Challenge on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.

Gratitude journaling is also encouraged as a way to record and focus our private thoughts of gratitude.

There are plenty of reasons to begin a daily practice of gratitude. As Real Simple points out in the article, “6 Surprising Reasons Why Gratitude Is Great for Your Health,” you’ll feel happier, have more energy, be more resilient and get healthier.

Your improved kindness will also improve your relationships.

“People can’t help but pay gratitude forward,” writes Real Simple’s Louisa Kamps.

Even though the gratitude challenge ultimately has personal benefits, Kamps cautions against viewing it as “just one more self-improvement project.” It’s an opportunity to focus on others and the above-and-beyond things they’ve done for you.

A gratitude challenge is a fantastic way to focus and refine your leadership skills. Read on to find out why successful, well-loved leaders everywhere practice daily gratitude.

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Why You Should Give Employees the Gift of a Thanksgiving Turkey

Nothing quite says “thank you” during the holidays like the gift of a Thanksgiving turkey.

It’s the centerpiece to a uniquely American family holiday celebrated by everyone, regardless of religious or cultural background. A turkey isn’t just a delicious bird we eat; it’s a celebration of our shared history, values and family traditions.

As an employee gift, the Thanksgiving turkey is the ultimate symbol of gratitude and one of the easiest, most practical ways you can thank your workforce.

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How To Teach Kindness In The Workplace

gThankYou: Teaching Workplace Kindness!

Teach kindness by encouraging mindfulness and acts of gratitude. (Photo via Kate Ter Haar, Flickr)

Can we teach kindness at work? More and more companies say yes. Even Google recently hired author and mindfulness expert Chade-Meng Tan to teach kindness and gratitude to employees via emotional intelligence training (his official job title? “Jolly Good Fellow”).

The reason is simple: being kind makes money. “Goodness is a competitive advantage in business,” Tan told attendees at a University of Southern California event last month, as quoted in the Forbes article, “Why Happiness Is Sweeping The American Workplace.”

“That sentiment rubs many skeptics the wrong way,” writes Forbes’ Rob Asghar. “Some ‘practical’ people see this goodness-happiness-touchy-feely stuff as a distraction from the hard work of making a profit.”

At the same time, he writes, idealistic people are suspicious of the idea that goodness would play a role in big business’ quest for money.

Asghar continues, “…both sides better get used to it. Happiness and ‘mindful meditation’ and emotional positivity are sweeping the American workplace, from lunchrooms to boardrooms.”

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