Pretend This Is Your First Thanksgiving Ever!


I have spent the last few weeks asking questions to friends and associates about their Thanksgiving plans. The general consensus is to not travel out of town. Some answers were vague at best, as many people do not have a clue what the right decision is right now. Most of the time, the people that I quizzed that have grandchildren are making the worst decisions. 

I know this pandemic has been a long and hard road and unfortunately, it is not leaving soon enough for me either! We have been forced to sacrifice so much, and I think the kids have sacrificed the most. So I get it when a grandparent tells me how long it has been since they have since the grandchildren, and how it has affected them more than anything else. You simply cannot know every move your loved ones are making.  Kids are back in school, people are returning to work and sports are coming back to life. There is NO WAY to know whether they are being exposed or exposing others to this virus. 

If you relax the Covid measures you have been taking, and decide to be around the kiddos, you may be subjecting yourself to Covid-19. Unless everyone is being tested prior to your gathering, it is of paramount importance that you practice social distancing and wear a mask 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

“The safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is to celebrate with people in your household. If you do plan to spend Thanksgiving with people outside your household, take steps to make your celebration safer.”

We enjoy reading blog articles by The Conversation. In their article entitled: “How to host a safe holiday meal during coronavirus-an epidemiologist explains her personal plans”, they made the following recommendation:

For this family, they agreed to limit contact with other people as much as possible the week before Thanksgiving. They also agreed that everyone needs to be extra cautious around the few close people that they see regularly.

Try to keep in mind that grandparents are at higher risk.

If the weather permits, an outside gathering would be optimum. It might be a good time to change the usual menu, and make things pandemic easy. Cut some corners and simplify. That is why I posted a chicken instead of a turkey to start this article. Turn the traditional fancy table into a picnic, with games for everyone and little consolation prizes. Try to use disposable everything and avoid the clean up.  You might actually get to enjoy your day more without nearly as much work. Hopefully, next year will be back to normal. Your family might enjoy this new tradition so much, you might not want to go back to the old way next year. 

Another cool idea I read about was to take an artificial pumpkin and pass it around and have everyone write one thing they are grateful for. Take pictures and share.

Healthline published an article on November 02, 2020 entitled: “How to Celebrate Thanksgiving Safely During Covid-19”.  You can read the whole article here

I found this statement perfectly worded:

“Keep gatherings to...no one with symptoms. Extra precautions can include 10 – 14 days of quarantine from visitors before the event. Wear masks, distance, wash hands.”

The need to stay socially connected is vital to all of us.  How we accomplish that should be in the safest manner possible, even it means delivering food to your elderly loved ones or, having a virtual Thanksgiving where distant relatives can participate. 

Reach out to anyone that you know is struggling right now. Not only will it make them feel better, it will lighten your load and make YOU feel better.

Stay safe. Mask up! Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.

For previous 2018 and 2019 Thanksgiving articles, you can read them here:

“Zoomsgiving is better than ICU Christmas.”