Three Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving with Others Safely
Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends to get together and celebrate what they are most thankful for, but with the rising number of COVID-19 cases worldwide, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends having a virtual Thanksgiving this year.
According to the CDC’s guidelines, “Thanksgiving is a time when many families travel long distances to celebrate together. Travel increases the chance of getting and spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others.”
In a normal year, people around the country would travel and meet up with others to cook, eat, watch football, and celebrate together. Although many families will not be able to gather as they normally would, having a virtual celebration via Zoom, Skype, or another digital platform is a way to still connect and have fun, while staying safe.
Here are some ways you can still have a fun celebration virtually:
Having a virtual Thanksgiving is a unique experience that will require some planning. Because we are celebrating separate from our family and friends, it is important to make sure everyone receives the invitation to the virtual celebration. And with Thanksgiving often being a day-long celebration, there are a number of ways we can still connect with each other.
Cooking together virtually
One important aspect of this holiday is the meal preparations, which are often the most important and the most fun aspect of the holiday. Calling your friends and family virtually while you cook is an easy way to bond from a distance.
More specifically, sharing recipes or cooking the same meal is another way you can celebrate and bond together virtually. Cooking similar dishes for your Thanksgiving dinner with everyone on a video call can make you feel as if everyone is celebrating together in person. Although we cannot cook the entire meal for ourselves because less people will be gathered together to celebrate, this is also a chance for everyone to cook their specialties for the holiday.
Watching Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and Football together virtually
Watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and football are common traditions during the holiday. With the COVID-19 pandemic, both events have seen changes with the NFL placing new COVID-19 procedures for its players and the traditional Macy’s parade being moved to a virtual format.
Although there have been changes, there are still ways for you to connect with your family and friends by watching these events together. Many digital platforms like Zoom offer a shared-screen tool where everyone can watch the same event together. Enjoying these same activities over the phone is a great way to gather and interact with others throughout the day without risking spreading the virus.
Probably one of the most important parts of the day is finally getting to sit down with your loved ones and enjoy the home cooked meal you all worked on together. Hosting a virtual dinner will look different than previous Thanksgiving dinners but is still a good way to celebrate together. Since everyone will be enjoying their dinners separately, having a virtual dinner allows everyone the chance to still talk and eat together, while still enjoying the holiday from a safe distance.
With the holiday season looking different this year compared to previous years, it is important to still find ways to connect with loved ones. Whether that be hosting a virtual holiday or chatting on the phone, gathering from a distance is a way to spend quality time and bond with one another, while still staying safe.
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