With all that 2020 has brought us, many of us want a family gathering more than ever. However, many of us know that it’s not safe to do so. Even if no one in the family appears sick, all it takes is one asymptomatic person to make the family sick.
Not to mention, if you live further from your family, travel may be out of the picture. You may not want to or cannot afford it due to being laid off. If you’re in this boat, here are some tips to help you out.
The simplest solution to this is to have a Thanksgiving virtually. If there is a family gathering, ask a family member, especially one who is good with tech, to set you up. In the meanwhile, you can make your own Thanksgiving dinner for one. Maybe order some takeout if you don’t feel like cooking a turkey for hours.
This doesn’t quite capture the magic of Thanksgiving, but in a pandemic, it is probably the smartest move you can make.
If people have Thanksgiving at your grandma’s house and her signal isn’t the best, you can also call and stay on the phone. As long as you hear your other family members’ voices, it can be good enough.
Offering Social Distancing Tips
If you cannot make it, you can still help your family by offering advice on how to have a safe Thanksgiving. Here are a few examples.
- Encourage outside eating. Obviously, if your family doesn’t have the home to do so or if the weather is not ideal, then this can’t be done. But if the conditions are good, encourage your family to bring some tables outside.
- Encourage proper mask usage. Always wear one when making a toast or speaking to other relatives. Only take it off when you’re about to eat.
- Space the chairs six feet apart. Add an extra table if you must.
- Encourage smaller gatherings. The entire family doesn’t need to have one gathering; smaller gatherings between the closest relatives may be better.
Obviously, it all depends on your family’s decisions, but by offering some advice, it can be a safer family gathering for your loved ones.
Spend Time With Those Close to You
If you live with your wife and kids, you have enough for a Thanksgiving. Seeing your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc is good and all, but as we said in the previous paragraph, now is the time for smaller gatherings. One way for you to do this is to have a small Thanksgiving with your close family. While you may miss the hustle and bustle of normal Thanksgiving, this can be the best way to have an event when you can’t make it to see your main family.
It’s a Good Time to Learn New Recipes
If you relied on someone else to cook Thanksgiving food, now is a time to learn how to do your own. Learning how to make new foods can be exciting, especially turkey. There are many ways to make it and you may do some research to figure out which is the best way for you.
Also, you don’t have to go ham (no pun intended) when making your own Thanksgiving meal. You can make a couple of dishes and be done with that. It doesn’t have to be a huge feast or anything. It’s also okay to purchase some foods already made.
Make it Up
At the end of the day, Thanksgiving is just another day. You don’t need a special day to see your family and bond with them. As soon as it’s safe to do so, you may want to go see them and have a little makeup dinner of your own. As long as you and your family can meet up in the future, it’s not the end.
If the lack of Thanksgiving this year is giving you the blues, why not seek some help from a therapist or a counselor online? Talking to a professional and being able to discuss your troubles can feel like an entire weight is lifted off your shoulders. Not to mention, they can help you prepare for next Thanksgiving. There are plenty of issues we all face. After all, not everyone has a good relationship with every family member, and a family therapist can help you mend those problems in time for Thanksgiving next year. Websites such as ReGain can help you with this.
Thanksgiving is still about a week away, but we know that COVID-19 isn’t going anywhere. Even with a vaccine, it’ll take more than a month for it to go away. Have a safe Thanksgiving weekend, no matter where you are.
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