Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and like the other holidays we’ve experienced this year, it will look a little different. Although there’s a sadness that sweeps the nation in mourning over the holiday season we once had, it’s important to remain hopeful and thankful this Thanksgiving. There is still so much to celebrate, and we must focus on that as we enter the holiday season. We are still so grateful for so many things, and we hope you will choose to join us in celebrating Thanksgiving COVID-style. If you do still plan on hosting or attending a gathering this Thanksgiving, here are several things you can do to make sure that you are having a safe holiday.
Keep it Small
This holiday season it is important for us to follow the CDC guidelines to help prevent the further spread of the virus. Gatherings will be much smaller than usual, with many families talking about canceling their plans altogether. Although we are all saddened about the change from our usual plans, we must prepare ourselves for the coming months as best we can, starting with the holiday season. Having small Thanksgiving gatherings this year will be the key to maintaining a safe and COVID-friendly holiday. Consider keeping your Thanksgiving celebration to close family or friends who live with you. These small intimate gatherings may be different, but nonetheless memorable.
Take it Outside
Having an outdoor Thanksgiving gathering is one of the safest ways to celebrate with one another this year. If the weather doesn’t permit this, opening windows inside the house will increase airflow indoors, creating a safer indoor environment. Remember to wear a mask and maintain a safe distance from family and friends. ; You can also limit commonly touched items such as serving utensils through serving premade individual plates.
Like everything else this year, you can create a virtual Thanksgiving for you and your family. For those who may have family out of town and cannot get together like you may have originally hoped, virtual gatherings allow you to still see your loved ones and catch up on old conversations. Platforms such as Zoom and FaceTime enable you to video chat multiple family members at once, so no one has to miss out! For those that may live a little closer to their relatives, planning a drive-by Thanksgiving can allow you to see the smiling faces of your loved ones while also picking up a yummy Thanksgiving dinner prepared at home. Although it may look different this year, there are still many ways to enjoy your family’s company and have a fun and safe holiday.
Protecting our loved ones is a vital part of this holiday season, and we can do so by following the guidelines posted by both the city and state in which we live. We are so thankful for the opportunity to celebrate the thanks we have for our friends, family, and the lives we lead. We hope you will join us in finding thanks this year and in celebrating your Thanksgiving holiday COVID-style.