I usually start with the sign of the cross and then say, “Bless us oh Lord, for these thy gifts, which we are about to receive from thy bounty, through Christ our Lord amen.” Following this each person at the table specifically thanks God for something they are thankful for and after the last person gives thanks, we make the sign of the cross again.
Well, couldn’t this be viewed in reverse? What I mean is, if non-Christians are present and that presence causes a Christian to change the way inwhich they pray, wouldn’t that be an imposition too?
Well, I can understand the Christian wishing to keep the peace and not to appear as though he/she is imposing his/her faith on others. Therefore, I can see compromising SOME things such as in my case, not expecting others at the table to name something inwhich they are thankful for. However, I’d draw the line if they expect me to remain silent as to my thanking God for the things He’s provided. If they become offended because I am thankful on Thanksgiving, then so be it. As for the spouse of the Christian, he/she should realize by now how the Christian feels about God and respect his/her spouse enough to not be offended if he/she wishes to express his/her thanks to The Almighty for the good things that he/she has been given (which very well may include the spouse and his/her parents as well). God bless.