As the Christmas holidays approach, Christmas music dominates every house in town. Indeed, ‘tis the season to be jolly… Well, quite, but not yet!

Before we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, we first get to be thankful for the blessings and everything He has showered upon us. We get on our calendars and check that it is the fourth Thursday of November. It means it’s Thanksgiving Day!”

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Officially a national holiday in the United States, Thanksgiving Day is celebrated in the country on the fourth Thursday of November every year. It actually originated as a harvest festival. In 1789, through a proclamation by George Washington, the festival had since become the Thanksgiving Day.

Country music, on the other hand, offers songs that talk about gratitude and appreciation — the message in the songs spans from being thankful to family, lovers, friends, and especially to God.

With this, here are ten country songs that talk about what Thanksgiving is all about – being thankful for what you have!

1. “Unanswered Prayers” by Garth Brooks

This song is a classic from Garth Brooks that talks about being thankful to God for not granting the narrator’s original prayers. Interestingly, God gave him more than what he asked for. This just proves that God’s power and decision are better and stronger than ours.

Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers
Remember when you’re talkin’ to the man upstairs
That just because he doesn’t answer doesn’t mean he don’t care
Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers

2. “Blessed” by Martina McBride

This song, released in 2002,  became Martina McBride’s number one hit. It narrates the story of a woman blessed in many ways. She tells an inspirational story and reflects on how love is a beautiful gift.

I have been blessed
And I feel like I’ve found my way
I thank God for all I’ve been given
At the end of every day

3. “Thank God for the Kids” by The Oak Ridge Boys

Included on the Oak Ridge Boys’ 1982 Christmas album, the message of the song is simply about being thankful. The song treats kids as a blessing no matter what one may go through.

Thank god for kids there’s magic for a while
A special kind of sunshine in a smile
Do you ever stop to think or wonder why?
The nearest thing to heaven is a child

4. “Thank You for a Life” by Kris Kristofferson

This song, released in 2006, was rendered by Kris Kristofferson on his album This Old Road. The lyrics talk about being thankful to God for everything in life. Kristofferson thanks God and his wives for giving for giving him the best gifts of all – his eight children.

Thank you for the little girls you gave me
 for them bouncing baby boys
Thank you for the sadness
That you saved me from the madness, baby
All I’m crying now are tears of joy

5. “Thank God I’m a Country Boy” by John Denver

A classic hit of John Denver, this song was included on his 1974 album Back Home Again. In the song, Denver expressed his feeling of “peace, happiness, and contentment” in life.

Well I wouldn’t trade my life for diamonds and jewels
I never was one of them money hungry fools
I’d rather have my fiddle and my farmin’ tools
Thank God I’m a country boy

Watch out for Part 2 of this article. Happy Thanksgiving Day!