In typical 2020 fashion time has flown, and Thanksgiving is here. Sadly, also in true 2020 fashion we are having to celebrate the holiday a little different this year. Many people will be spending the holiday away from family and friends due to pandemic related travel restrictions or safety concerns. But that doesn’t mean you need to sit at your table sulking, this year is all about thinking outside of the box and Thanksgiving is no different!
There’s a multitude of ways you can still feel connected to family and friends while staying safe and we are here to help you with some ideas!
If you live close to family and friends, you can organize a meal exchange among a few households. Each household signs up for a dish or two to make and then divide it into equal portion and deliver them to the other households on Thanksgiving. Once drop off is done you can all jump on a video call or ZOOM (which has removed its time limit for the holiday) and enjoy your meals together!
For some people what they are going to miss is the joy of cooking together, so since we can’t all be in the same kitchen together, one way to re-create that atmosphere is for each household to prepare the same meals and prepare them together over a video chat.
We know that trying to do all of this virtually isn’t ideal, but we need to take advantage of what we have to try and make the experience the best it can be. If you’re limited to a small screen or laptop think of some of the other electronics you may already have that can make your family a little more life size! Smart displays like Amazon Echo Show or the Google Nest Hub are great ways to stay connected since they are easily controlled by voice commands which is super helpful while your hands are full cooking in the kitchen.
If you know of a family member or friend who will be alone for the holiday and you want to do something other than virtually, you could put together a little Thanksgiving care package if they live close or if they are long distance see if you can get something delivered locally that will make them feel part of the day even being far away.
Regardless of how you decide to celebrate we all know it’s not going to feel the same, but we hope these small tips will help you have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!