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Top 25 Thoughtful Messages To Wish Happy Thanksgiving To Boss In 2024

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If you've never appreciated or thanked your boss but can't find the right time to do so, Thanksgiving is the place to start. Even though wishing Happy Thanksgiving to bosses and managers might seem small— and even awkward at times— trust me when I say that the reaction you get from them will be well worth the effort.

Are Bosses And Managers Happy At The Workplace?

The first and most obvious response from your end is most likely a resounding "Yes!"

However, when we dig deeper into the issue, we discover that it is not as rosy as it appears. It turns out that your boss and manager have been feeling less than stellar lately.

According to Glintinc's 2021 State Of The Manager Report:

  • Between Q1 and Q4 of 2020, manager burnout increased by 78%
  • For managers, "overwhelming workload" was the top precursor to burnout, with feelings of disconnection in second place.
  • 16% of managers rated "Building positive relationships with colleagues" as an important factor regarding their work needs. Meanwhile, 6% think that public recognition is really important for them.

It's high time that we stop seeing bosses as being above normal human expectations and needs. The need to cultivate a culture of appreciation should not fall only upon the C-level executives. It is something that every employee should start practicing. And for that, what better day to start than the Thanksgiving holiday?

But first,

When Is Thanksgiving 2024?

Thanksgiving 2024 will be celebrated on 28th November 2024, which happens to fall on a Thursday.

The only time Thanksgiving was not observed on the fourth Thursday of November was in 1939, when it was observed on the third Thursday of November.

Thanksgiving, while traditionally associated with spending time with family and friends, is also a time to express gratitude to those who have impacted your life. For many, that group of supporters can include their boss, manager, or leader.

But I understand how difficult it can be to devise the perfect message to wish your boss a Happy Thanksgiving. I mean, finding the right words for an email is difficult enough, right?

That's why I decided to compile a list of 25 sweet, appreciative, and meaningful Thanksgiving messages that perfectly capture everything you want to say to your boss. So, scroll down and find the one message that you believe will best complement your boss's personality.

After three decades of persistent lobbying, author and editor Sarah Josepha Hale persuaded President Abraham Lincoln to formally proclaim Thanksgiving a national holiday after writing letters to Lincoln for 17 years. On October 3, 1863, Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a federal holiday.

25 Messages On How To Say Happy Thanksgiving To Bosses & Managers

Wishing your boss a during Thanksgiving— albeit in a more elaborate way— is as easy as copying down one of the below Happy Thanksgiving messages. Alternatively, you can use these messages as a starting point and add your own twist to make the message more personalized and meaningful.

1. This holiday season, I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for being the staunchest supporter (and boss) that we could ask for. Thanks for having our back, showing us our mistakes, and never holding us back from going for greater things. You are an inspiration to us all. Happy Thanksgiving!


2. Thank you for not only being an amazing boss but also a friend to us. You make the workday fun, relatable, and less stressful. Honestly, we couldn't ask for a better person to lead our team. God bless, and have a Happy Thanksgiving with your family and loved ones!

3. This holiday season, our entire team wishes you and your family good health, long-term prosperity, and endless happiness. Have an amazing and joyful Thanksgiving!

4. It's that time of year again when we have the perfect opportunity to thank those who have had the greatest influence on our lives. For our team, it's none other than you—the best boss we've ever had. We are fortunate to work alongside you every day and learn things we never expected to learn. On behalf of the entire team, here's wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving Day!

5. I know you're the one who does all the appreciating around here, so I thought I'd do it for a change. Thank you for being an incredible boss, mentor, and, most importantly, a good human being. You motivate me to never give up on my dreams and to stay true to my values. Even on bad days, knowing you have my back motivates me to come to work every day. May your home be filled with happiness, peace, and abundance on this and every upcoming Thanksgiving Day.


6. The big reason why we have such a wonderful workplace culture and encouraging coworkers is because our boss exemplifies these very values that we have grown to cherish. Thank you for being a people's-boss who genuinely cares about the team rather than just meeting targets. From the entire team, we wish you a joyful Thanksgiving with your family and loved ones!

7. The odds that I was assigned under one of the best professionals in this field are mind-boggling. Thank you for answering all of my questions and for your unwavering support. Your belief in me makes me feel less like an imposter and allows me to see the potential you see in me. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to work with and learn from you. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

8. A special thanks to the individual who has been rooting for our success since our first day at the company. Yes, it is you, you amazing human/genius/boss. We only wish you peace, success, and pure, unfiltered happiness. You have earned this well-deserved holiday and more. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

9. Although luck is subjective, we appear to have gotten the better end of the deal by having you as our boss. While there are many great bosses in the company, your empathy is what sets you apart from the rest. Thank you for taking out the time to connect with us and putting yourself in our shoes before making a decision. Your generosity inspires us to try to emulate and learn from you. This time of year, I wish you nothing but love, light, and joy. Have a joyous and enjoyable Thanksgiving!

10. It's Thanksgiving, which makes it the perfect time to express how great of a boss you are and how grateful we are to work for and learn from you. Your constant energy, dedication, and passion truly inspire us to do better and give our 100% when we come to work every day. It's incredible to watch you in action and learn the specifics of the procedures that we otherwise never would have discovered. From the entire team, we wish you a Thanksgiving filled with good health, joy, and success.


11. Thank you for the amazing opportunity to work on the highly sought-after [project name]. Without your encouragement and support, I would not have been able to reach my full potential. I sincerely appreciate everything you do to prioritize not only the company's but also our professional development. Have a joyous and enjoyable Thanksgiving!

13. It's incredible to work for a leader who lives what they preach. If anyone works harder than the rest of us combined, it's you. Your metaphorical blood, sweat, and tears lifted us above the lows more times than we can count. You deserve a day that is free from stress, a massive workload, and unresolved crisis. I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

14. Thank you for giving me the amazing opportunity to work with you on the new project. You have been an extremely patient mentor and taught me the value of venturing outside of my comfort zone and approaching a problem from a fresh perspective. Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving Day!

15. I just realized that every Thanksgiving, I thank everyone who has had an impact on my life, but I never thank you. To make amends, here's me thanking you for being the best boss I've ever had the pleasure of working for. You stand out from everyone I've ever met, thanks to your tenacity, expertise, and compassion. Working with you is like being in a masterclass. Thank you for everything. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones, family, and friends.


16. As a new hire, thank you for making my transition to the new team as smooth as possible. I've never worked for a leader who treated their team like family, and it's been a refreshing change to be exposed to that dynamic. I wish you a joyful and happy Thanksgiving!

17. The best things in life often go unappreciated, and I didn't want to make the mistake of not appreciating what a great boss we all have been blessed with. Working with you has been the highlight of my career, and I am eternally grateful for the opportunity to observe and learn from you. May this festive season bring you and your family lots of love, good health, and prosperity. Happy Thanksgiving!

18. The approaching holiday season is the ideal time for me to express my gratitude for being someone who not only advocates for diversity and inclusion but also upholds it. Working for a boss who is warm, willing to accept mistakes and learn from them, and sympathetic to the underrepresented community has always been a dream come true for me as a member of that community. I appreciate you making this job feel so safe for people like me. Happy Thanksgiving greetings!

19. Thank you for handling remote managing like a pro and shielding us from the worst of the circumstances when things were not looking too hopeful. To us, you are more than just a boss. You're a member of our family. I hope you take a break this holiday season and have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones!

20. Getting to work with a boss like you is like winning the lottery. When the worst happens, I know you'll be there in the trenches with us, fighting the war. You are an example of how one person can handle difficult decisions with grace while never taking it out on others. Thank you for making not only our jobs but also our lives better. Happy Thanksgiving!


21. The best part of this organization is getting to learn new things, and nobody can be a better mentor than you. I deeply appreciate your guidance, and it's honestly amazing to see your mastery at work. Thank you for being such a selfless guide and answering the most basic of my questions without getting annoyed. Happy Thanksgiving!

22. A single card cannot express my gratitude and admiration for you as not only my boss but also the best mentor I've ever had. Despite the fact that I still have a long way to go before I can hope to match even a fraction of what you are, I have come a long way from being the naïve new hire. You shaped and molded me into the person I am today, and I will be eternally grateful. You are the most inspiring person I have ever worked with, and I wish you nothing but success, joy, and love this Thanksgiving season.

23. While our company culture has a lot of positive press, outsiders are unaware that a lot of that is due to some incredible leaders who work here, such as you. We are lucky to have the amazing opportunity to work alongside a renowned expert in our field. May you and your loved ones have a happy Thanksgiving this year.

24. We know we don't often say it, but you are a truly amazing boss who does not receive the recognition they deserve. You are the reason why our team works so well together, has such strong relationships amongst themselves, and can rely on one another in times of crisis. We are fortunate to be led and taught by someone compassionate and humble. Thank you so much for everything. May this Thanksgiving bring you a home filled with happiness, good health, and success.

25. Thanksgiving would be incomplete if I did not express how much of a difference you have made in my professional life. I'd like to thank you for being the boss, friend, and mentor I've needed since I first walked into this office. You've led me down the right path more times than I can count, and you've kept me from making huge mistakes that could have proved disastrous for my career. May everyone be lucky enough to have an amazing boss like you. Wishing you a happy and enjoyable Thanksgiving!



A three-day harvest feast was held in 1621 to commemorate the first Thanksgiving. It lasted three days and involved 50 Pilgrims and 90 Wampanoag Indians. Historians estimate that there were only five women in attendance.

Although I highly recommend that appreciation happen on-spot and in person, sending someone a sweet card during Thanksgiving is the next best thing.

For a manager or a boss, chances are that they are the ones doing the appreciating and not the ones being appreciated. For a change, be the one who makes them feel warm and fuzzy when they read about how influential they have been in your personal and professional life.

Furthermore, if you have any fresh suggestions that you believe would be a welcome addition to this list of messages to your boss, please send them our way. We'd love to hear from you.

This article is written by Barasha Medhi, who is a part of the marketing team at Vantage Circle. Barasha can be found either searching for interesting HR buzzwords to write about or looking at pictures of cozy Bel Air mansions. For any related queries, contact editor@vantagecircle.com.

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