The day before Thanksgiving is usually one of the busiest travel days of the year, but with more than 1 million COVID-19 cases reported in the United States this past week, holiday celebrations will probably look different this year. The safest way to celebrate is to stay home and spend time with people you live with.
2020 is the year of new traditions and of thinking outside the box. While you may not get to see your extended family in person, there are many ways to make the most of the holiday season.
Send Thanksgiving care packages
Take time to tell those you love them with a handwritten note with candy or baked goods. Try getting crafty with a handmade, thoughtful gift.
Prepare dishes for neighbors and friends
Just because you’re not gathering doesn’t mean you can’t eat together. If you’re celebrating with those who live close, have everyone prepare a Thanksgiving dish and drop off pre-proportioned meals on doorsteps. Then schedule a Zoom meeting for everyone to test each other’s recipes together.
Share your recipes
If you don’t live close to those you’re celebrating with, share your recipes with them! Do you have a crowd favorite apple pie recipe that people can’t wait to eat every year? Now’s the time to share your secret. Have everyone make the same food on Thanksgiving day.
Play virtual games
To make Thanksgiving more festive, play games through Zoom. Here are a couple to try:
If you DO gather with people, here are some guidelines, recommended by the CDC:
Written by Katy Savage