Happy Thanksgiving: Best Holiday Movies and What We’re Thankful For

First and foremost, I’d like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving on behalf of Quality Logo Products. We’re a pretty close-knit little family over here, and we consider all of our customers and readers a part of it as well! Hopefully you’re spending the day with the ones you care about the most (and sharing all sorts of delicious food).

I thought it would be fun to get some real QLPer responses this year, so I’ve asked everyone the following Thanksgiving-related questions:

1) What’s your favorite movie or TV show to watch on Thanksgiving? and 2) What are you thankful for?

The answers range from traditional to offbeat (we wouldn’t have it any other way), so read on for an eclectic variety of answers to inspire you at the last minute!

Our Top Thanksgiving Movies and TV Shows:

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NFL Football, Punkin Chunkin, Elf, It’s a Wonderful Life, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, Home for the Holidays, Hannah and Her Sisters, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, Miracle on 34th Street, and Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Home Alone, The Holiday, and Jingle All the Way also made the list (not pictured)!

What We’re Thankful for:

That I am in NO WAY, SHAPE, OR FORM related to Jay and for my entire QLP “family”! –Bret B.

I am most thankful for my beautiful daughter, my amazing family that has stuck behind me through everything, and I’m truly thankful for this job. It came at exactly the right time in my life and more than needed. I love the place and people I work with. Not many can actually say that about their job! –Candice J.

I’m SUPER thankful for my wife, my family, tattoos, Persian cats, my clients, power tools, the Wengers and the Bonnets, and for dirty martinis. –Anthony Gaudio

I am thankful that this Black Friday I don’t have to serve lattes to red-eyed, crabby shopaholics. –Mandy K.

I am thankful for, my family and the closeness we share. I am also extremely thankful for the presence of mind that I know not to sweat the small stuff and NEVER take for granted the things I have. I’d like to think that a person is luckiest when they have amazing friends that always stand by them. Also, I am thankful for a life that I am able to give thanks for the things I have. Not to sound abstract, but think about it, if you have things to be thankful for, then I’d say you have got it pretty good. –Serenity M.

I am thankful for my very talented manlove Jeff, my wonderful friends, and that this year, my cats are now too fat to climb the Christmas tree. –Alyssa K.

It sounds mushy, but I’m sooooooo thankful I have a job that I love and that I also get to work with such awesome people that I don’t dread coming into work on Monday mornings. To have a job anywhere is a blessing, but to find one where you genuinely care about your coworkers and know the feelings are mutual is amazing. So, I’m thankful for both of my families; my “real” family and my QLP family this Thanksgiving. –Amy S.

It was my senior year of high school, early one Saturday morning, as I was walking around the school halls at a speech tournament, when it hit me: A.) Man, these new shoes look good! and B.) Man, these things hurt as good as they look! Seriously. Those things were killing my right ankle. Maybe I’d slept on it funny. Maybe I’d gone a little overboard in that last game of “Phys Ed” floor hockey. I walked it off, until about 12 hours into my day, when I started limping it off. Got home. Took off my shoe. Again, me being me, and me being a guy, I thought nothing of it. My mom, on the other hand, though: “@#$%. Time to get you to the E.R., kiddo.”

The doc said I’d an infection. The shoe leather dug too hard into my heel and cut it up pretty badly. They had me on an I.V. drip for a couple of hours and told me I’d be able to go home that night. I went home swearing to myself I was spending not so much as a minute of my Sunday walking on it. Well, I kept my promise: I woke up the next day with it so swollen, I had to be re-admitted.

Turns out I had sever case of cellulitis. And a softball-sized ankle.

Well, it was a few days prior to Thanksgiving, and a few days into a cold winter, so most of the rooms at the hospital were full-up. So much so, they had me rooming by myself on the floor of the children’s ward. I didn’t mind, since it seemed the nurses were nicer and a little more forgiving. One kind nurse got me settled into my room and handed me a list. Turns out the room came with a VCR (rememeber those?) and a list of movies, to boot. It being the holiday season, and it being daytime programming on the TV, I opted for the most mindless, surface-level, popcorn-movie entertainment I could find:

“Jingle All The Way?!?!” Arnold Schwarzenegger? And Sinbad?!?! Yes, please!

It’s probably not my favorite holiday movie, but it never fails to make me laugh and remind me that – even when times are tough – things could always be much worse, and I should be grateful for the small things.

Like, say, my health.

The moment I became truly grateful was right about the time they handed me the Thanksgiving Day dinner menu. Now, they always let you choose your meals ahead of time, and it didn’t dawn on me what day it was until I was considering things like “turkey,” “stuffing,” and “cranberry sauce” in the otherwise standardaized fare of institutionalized food like, say, “Salisbury Steak” (and there’s a reason for those quotation marks!). Luckily – at the last minute – the doc gave me the go-ahead, and I left that afternoon, rolled-out in a wheelchair, holding onto my “Get Well” balloons and riding down the hallway having my own little “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.” It brings a smile to my face when I think of it, but mostly because I was getting the heck out of there.

This Thanksgiving, and every to come before and after it, I’m grateful for the good health of myself, my family, and my friends. –Eric L.

I’m thankful that we go to my family for Thanksgiving now where football is the center attraction! Grab a plate of food and sit around the TV… Can’t beat it! –Jeff P.

I’m thankful for all the sappy stuff that holidays are known for. I have a happy, healthy family with a beautiful wife that loves me and three kids that think I’m a pretty damn good dad. I really can’t ask for much more but nonetheless I am thankful for so much more. I have a great job (which anyone else here can attest to). I have a house to keep my family warm. I have a great group of friends and a kick ass extended family that grows larger and closer each year. I’m a lucky dude. –Paul M.

I am very thankful for everyone I love being in good health. Also, I’m thankful for having such a great year. In January I got engaged to the most wonderful man in the world and in July I started working here at QLP and couldn’t be happier, I love this company! And I would say the biggest thing I’m thankful for is not having to work in retail on Black Friday ever again! –Jennifer F.

I’m always thankful for friends and family. The people I spend time with always make Thanksgiving great for me. I have quite a few friends from out of town and it seems that we’re only together in one place over holidays, so I’m really thankful for spending time with them. My family always ends up surrounding the TV on Thanksgiving watching football. We usually have dinner right when the first game ends, then pass out on the couch for the beginning of the second game and watch the end of that game with leftovers. By the time the final game starts, we’ve all had too much wine/food, so the older crowd is already asleep while the “kids” scurry off to the local pub for the night cap. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year because it’s surrounded by football, delicious food, plenty of tasty beverages, and great people. What more could you ask for out of a holiday? –“Doc” L.

As always, I am thankful for the deliciousness of 7-11 Slurpees. And Thanksgiving marks the time that it’s appropriate to watch A Muppets Family Christmas!! (Muppets AND Fraggles in one movie?! It’s almost too much awesomeness!) –Alex B.

I’m thankful for the expansive libraries of movies and music available to stream online via subscription services like Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, Spotify, etc. Friends and family are nice to have too. Also, my significant other is pretty cool. So, yeah. –Joseph G.

After enduring a year of many health problems among the people I love, I am most thankful to have my family and friends this year, however cliché that sounds. Also, for being employed! On a lighter note, I am also thankful for having multiple TVs in the house, so that I don’t I have to watch football on Thanksgiving. –Rachel H.

I’m thankful for: Family- Both real and my QLP Family. Nothing is more important than family, and I am blessed enough to have a great one. My family here is important too. I spend more time here each week than with any other group of people and I love it! It’s fun and entertaining, yet hardworking. Friends – I have some great people in my life that really care and have become more like family. Also, my kitty, Sue – she’s so cute. And food – I LOVE THANKSGIVING! –Lauren M.

My favorite thing to do I wake up and watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade before going to dinner. One thing that I am especially thankful for this year is my accepting family. Until this year I have taken my family’s love for granted, but the last year has been difficult for me and I would not have been able to get through the challenges of life without them to support me. –Ellyn G.

I’m thankful for my beautiful and intelligent fiancée. –Andy T.

I think the first and most important thing that I am thankful for is my family. They don’t judge me, put me down, they support me through everything that I do and I love every moment I get to spend with them. I am also thankful for my QLP family who make going to work every day fun. And my puppy Finn and two cats Nermal and Izzy who make my life complete. –Emily J.

What has a stick, gives a good ride, plays the best music, and never complains…? My Chevy Cobalt. God knows, I could have never made it back-n-forth to work, school, home, and every other place in this world. A reliable vehicle that gets me from point A to point B without any problems. If I could be thankful for anything, it would definitely be my car. HAPPY THANKSGIVING! –Jessica S.

I’m thankful for my wonderful family and our health. I’m so grateful for the ability to provide for them and live the truly blessed life that we have together. –Kelly B.

This year I am thankful for my family and friends. I’m also thankful for my job here at QLP. Most of all, I am thankful that I made it through this term of school alive and I only have 2 more to go until I get my Bachelor’s Degree! And I’m thankful for Taco Bell, pizza, and McDonald’s French fries for getting me through it! I don’t have a favorite movie to watch specifically on Thanksgiving, but my favorite movie to watch around the holidays is The Holiday, starring Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, and Jack Black. It’s one of the only chick-flicks I like, and it is just so CUTE. (Plus, I love Jack Black. You could even go as far to say that I’m thankful for Jack Black.) –Jenna M.

I’m thankful for the essentials. My amazing family who I would seriously be lost without. My irreplaceable friends who are honestly an extension to my family. My dog Charlie who is more like my child than a pet. Good health for me and all those that I care about. And shoes. –Michelle K.

I’d be nothing without my supportive husband, my parents, my little brother, my kick-ass friends, and my extended family (that includes my awesome co-workers). It’s a shame that Thanksgiving has become about shopping for so many people, because for me it’s about focusing on love and letting go of all the things that don’t matter. Sorry to sound sappy, but it’s true. On a lighter note, I’m also thankful for my pet guinea pigs, who are absolute angels that can make me smile whenever I need it. Oh, and also for the delicious vegetarian/vegan food that not only provides a satisfying Thanksgiving meal, but also provides several happy days of leftovers! –Jill T.

What’s your favorite movie or television show to watch on Thanksgiving? Any special holiday traditions you’d like to share? What are you giving thanks for this year?

Jill Tooley

Jill has been obsessed with words since her fingers could turn the pages of a book. She’s a hopeless bibliophile who recently purchased a Kindle after almost 6 years of radical opposition, and she loves stumbling upon new music on Pandora. Random interests include (but are not limited to) bookstores, movie memorabilia, and adorable rodents. Jill writes for the QLP blog and assists with the company’s social media accounts. You can connect with Jill on Google+.


  1. Jen

    Happy Thanksgiving QLP!!!!

  2. david k waltz

    Football, and for awhile it seemed like Wizard of Oz and The Sound of Music were run around this time of year.

    I blogged a whole bunch of social media thanks. I mentioned you guys there. Thanks for letting me clog up your comment box from time to time. Hope you had a great holiday!

  3. Amanda

    Wow, I enjoyed reading everyone’s responses so much! Happy Thanksgiving QLP!

    I am very thankful for the good health of myself and my family: The air in our lungs, and the beating heart in our chest is such a gift! I am thankful for my husband, who is my other half, and who makes me smile and laugh each and everyday. I am thankful for my parents, who raised me to know what’s important in life, how to love others, and to work hard. I’m thankful for our warm home, my job, our QLP family, our friends that have been with us through thick and thin, and our reliable vehicles. 2011 has been a great year! =)

  4. Cybernetic SAM

    aww these are so nice!

  5. Stantz

    I’m thankful for my amazing circle of family and friends. Also, video games.

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