20 Discussion Questions for Your Thanksgiving Gathering

It can be challenging to create rich and meaningful conversations about thanksgiving. The predictable “What do you feel thankful for?” question can often be met with quick, surface-level responses that bring the conversation to a close soon after it’s begun. Here are 20 Thanksgiving discussion questions to help you go a little deeper with those conversations.

  1. What is a childhood memory you are thankful for?
  2. If you could thank one person (living or dead) for his or her influence on your life, who would you thank?
  3. What are three things that always make you smile?
  4. What gave you the most joy this past year?
  5. If you could share Thanksgiving dinner with one famous historical figure, who would you choose?
  6. If you could invent a holiday, what would it be called and what would it celebrate?
  7. If you could learn a new skill this coming year, what would it be?
  8. What does the term “give thanks” mean to you?
  9. What pieces of advice would you pass on to the next generation as they establish their own Thanksgiving traditions?
  10. What are some truths about God that give you eternal reasons for rejoicing?
  11. What are you most looking forward to this holiday season?
  12. What electronic device are you most grateful for, and what does it add to your life?
  13. What challenging experience has ended up changing your life for the better?
  14. What place do you feel most grateful or sentimental about?
  15. Name three days in your life that you feel especially grateful for.
  16. What about your surroundings (home/neighborhood/city/etc.) are you thankful for?
  17. What opportunities have you had this year that you are thankful for?
  18. What was your favorite thing about where you grew up?
  19. The Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 to be thankful in all circumstances. How do you think we can do this even in the really difficult times?
  20. The Bible says in Romans 2:4 that God’s kindness leads us to repentance. Where have you seen God’s kindness manifested in your life?