7 Spanish Thanksgiving Words To Impress Your Spanish Speaking Relatives

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As the holiday season approaches, I’d like to introduce you to seven essential Spanish Thanksgiving words. “El Día de Acción de Gracias” provides a perfect opportunity to showcase your language skills and connect with your Spanish-speaking relatives on a deeper level. By incorporating these Spanish Thanksgiving words into your holiday conversations, you can add a special touch of appreciation for their language and traditions.

In this blog post, we will explore these seven essential Spanish Thanksgiving words, offering context and practical usage to help you master them. These phrases are not just about impressing your relatives; they’re about fostering stronger connections with them. Think of it as the secret ingredient to strengthen your relationships this Thanksgiving.

1. Día de Acción de Gracias:

Starting with the basics, “Día de Acción de Gracias” translates to Thanksgiving Day. This is the cornerstone of the holiday, and using the term in Spanish shows your thoughtfulness and respect for your relative’s language. 

Let’s start with the basics. “Día de Acción de Gracias” translates to Thanksgiving Day. This term is at the heart of the holiday and using it in Spanish shows your thoughtfulness and respect for your relatives’ language. Now, let’s see how to use this term in different Thanksgiving situations:

  • Expressing your opinion about the holiday: “El Día de Acción de Gracias es muy especial para mí. Lo que más me gusta de este día es la buena compañía y la rica comida.”
  • Inviting someone to spend the holiday with you: “¿Te gustaría pasar el Día de Acción de Gracias con nosotros? Nos encantaría tenerte en nuestra mesa.”
  • Thanking others for sharing the day with you: “Gracias por estar acá con nosotros en el Día de Acción de Gracias. Nos sentimos muy felices compartiendo más buenos momentos con ustedes.”

2. Agradecimiento:

“Agradecimiento” is the Spanish word for gratitude. Expressing your heartfelt gratitude for the delicious meal and the company of your loved ones adds a personal touch to the occasion.

Here are some examples of how to express gratitude:

  • Estoy muy agradecida por todo lo que me ha dado la vida. 
  • Gracias amigos y familia por estar acá con nosotros. 
  • Hoy y todos los días doy las gracias por tener la oportunidad de compartir hermosos momentos como este con ustedes. 
  • Agradezco a Dios por esta rica comida que tenemos en la mesa. 

3. Familia:

Incorporating the word “familia” into your conversations emphasizes the importance of family during Thanksgiving. Sharing stories, laughter, and moments of togetherness reflect the true essence of the holiday.

Thanksgiving is also an excellent opportunity to make Spanish-speaking friends feel like part of the family. Use these phrases to do just that:

  • Amigo, sentite como en tu casa. Vos sos familia.
  • Gracias, amigos, por estar acá. Ustedes también son parte de nuestra familia. 
  • Me encanta reunirme con ustedes porque me siento en familia. 

4. Comida:

The centerpiece of Thanksgiving is, of course, the *comida* (food). From the traditional turkey to side dishes and desserts, mentioning the delicious *comida* is sure to evoke smiles and appreciation. 

If you want to strengthen your relationship with your Spanish-speaking relatives, share your thoughts about the food in Spanish. Learn how to suggest trying specific dishes with these examples:

  • La comida está lista. ¡No te quedes sin probar el pastel de calabaza!
  • La comida está riquísima. ¡Tenés que probar el pavo! ¡Está increíble!
  • ¿Qué te pareció la comida? ¿Te gustó la salsa de arándanos?

Learn more food vocabulary with this comprehensive resource. My students love it!

5. Amistad:

Thanksgiving is not only about family but also about friendship. The Spanish word “amistad” means friendship, and expressing gratitude for the *amistad* you share with your Spanish-speaking friends adds warmth to the occasion.

Here are some ways of showing appreciation for a beautiful friendship:

  • Doy gracias, de corazón, por esta gran amistad que tenemos.
  • Tu amistad es muy importante para mí. ¡Gracias por todo!
  • ¡Brindo por más años de amistad y felicidad! ¡Salud!

6. Bendición:

Thanksgiving often involves reflecting on our blessings. The word “bendición” means blessing in Spanish. Sharing a sentiment of *bendición* for the blessings in your life resonates deeply during this holiday. Learn how to reflect on your blessings in Spanish with these examples:

  • Doy las gracias a Dios por esta familia que es mi más grande bendición.
  • Gracias Dios por bendecirnos con esta comida. 
  • ¡Que Dios te bendiga hoy y siempre!

7. Postre:

Finally, no Thanksgiving celebration is complete without indulging in some delectable *postres* (desserts). From pies to sweet treats, mentioning the *postres* will surely evoke joy and anticipation. Learn how to speak about dessert like a native with the examples below:

  • Estoy llena, pero siempre tengo lugar para el postre. ¿Qué hay de rico?
  • Se nota que esta tarta de manzana es fresca. ¡Está riquísima!
  • ¿Quién preparó este delicioso pastel de calabaza? ¡Quiero más, por favor!


Incorporating Spanish Thanksgiving words into your holiday conversations is a wonderful way to connect with your Spanish-speaking relatives on a deeper level. Using Spanish vocabulary and phrases contribute to a meaningful and culturally enriched Thanksgiving gathering. So, as you gather around the table this year, weave these Spanish words into your conversations and create lasting memories that bridge language and tradition. ¡Feliz Día de Acción de Gracias! (Happy Thanksgiving!)

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