Big holidays bring big jokes and Thanksgiving jokes are certain to not disappoint. They cover so many aspects of the holiday including the food, the people, and of course the turkeys, they seem to be never ending and everyone in the family has a favourite.
What did Pastor Anthony say when he was asked to say grace at Thanksgiving Dinner?
Why do turkeys gobble?
-Because they never learned table matters!
I know it’s rare that Hanukkah and Thanksgiving coincide
-But if one more person tells me that it’ll be another 70,000 years before this happens again, I’m gonna scream.
What’s a pumpkin’s favorite sport?
Should you have your whole family for Thanksgiving dinner?
– No, you should just have the turkey!
How did they clean their clothes on the Mayflower?
What smells the best at a Thanksgiving dinner?
What always comes at the beginning of parades?
-The letter P!
Knock, knock. Who’s there? Phillip. Phillip who?
-Phillip a big plate and dig in!
What Thanksgiving treat is most popular in Children’s Church?
-Pastor Janet’s Crayon-berry Sauce
If twenty Thanksgiving turkeys told terrible tales, how many T’s would there be in all?
-None, all doesn’t have any T’s!
Consider some of the reasons that cause Hanukkah and Thanksgiving to coincide this year
-Jews rely on the Shmuelian calendar for religious holidays, which is why Hanukkah seems to vary so greatly from year to year.
Why Are They Funny
Often things are funny because they are so relatable to so many people that they form a bond within society and especially within families. Some families pass down jokes through the generations with all the other traditions. Jokes around food are especially funny as everyone has had a family meal go wrong or a turkey not cooked quite right, some of the funniest Thanksgiving jokes are about that turkey or stuffing that didn’t quite work a handful of years ago.
With so much happening around the holiday it is good to relieve some of the stress involved in the preparation and travel by having some silly Thanksgiving jokes to share, they will bring a laugh and momentarily make things seem less stressful and more fun.
Sharing experiences that are stressful, difficult, or fun helps to bring people closer together and everyone has a story about travelling home for a holiday, some of the top Thanksgiving jokes are based around this idea and shared experience. Those who have their own disastrous travel story will find them to be humours and feel empathy for the person telling it, bringing them closer to understanding each other.
Who uses Them
Almost every family has their own cheesy Thanksgiving joke that they use every year and that seems to stay in the family like an heirloom. When they are based upon an experience that was shared by the whole family, they can take root and remain important while still being funny years later. While these are almost always clean Thanksgiving jokes safe for the whole family there is often one or two floating around among the adults that is not.
Children use their best Thanksgiving jokes to fit in with their friends and family, to boost their confidence and find ways to talk to people that they otherwise might not. They share them among their friends to learn more about each other and as part of the celebration at school. Adults use them to bond together over shared experiences and similarities when so often they feel distant and different from everyone else.
TV show writers and comedians will use them for much the same purpose, to connect with the audience and let them know that all these days are really the same, no one’s family gathering goes perfectly, there is always a food that was missed or burned, or someone who missed a fight or train, and everyone is in it together trying to get through holidays with cheer and fun. When a connection can be made with the audience, they are sure to watch again and again.
What Can Be Learned From Them
The wide variety of these jokes reminds us that everyone has struggles with creating the perfect holiday. Short Thanksgiving jokes can remind us that not everyone gets to be home for the day, that not all travel is smooth and easily done, that not every meal is perfect and sometimes food fights at the dinner table happen.
With Thanksgiving one liners to slip into conversation like little flags of familiarity used as a way to let people know you are just like them they can help us to learn the true feelings behind the day. Society can see how traditions have changed and continue to change, and as these jokes evolve over the years we can learn how the celebrations are changing as well, and what direction they a are taking. Seeing the path that they are on now is a tool to see what our future family gatherings may look like, or how many ways people will invent to cook a turkey.