Alternative Ways to Celebrate the Holidays
We all know that Thanksgiving, and the rest of the holiday season, will look a bit different this year.
As we all give thanks, despite the trials we’ve faced on a global basis, there are some alternative ways we can celebrate together to make sure we keep those we love safe. If you choose to forgo huge gatherings with friends and extended family from all over the country, smaller gatherings are an option this year. If you still want to make sure you get to see those loved ones, consider a virtual Thanksgiving. With FaceTime, Skype, Zoom, or other video chat options. Zoom will be lifting its normal time restrictions on Thanksgiving, which means you can enjoy longer video calls with loved ones.
If you’re doing a virtual Thanksgiving, take a bit of time to talk about what you’re thankful for this year. Go around to each person and have them name one thing they’re grateful for – after all, that’s what this holiday is all about, even if you’re not physically together. You can end your chat with a virtual game night! Everyone will enjoy it.
Another idea is to try a socially distanced Thanksgiving with just a few family members. Space out your place settings, eat outdoors if the weather is nice enough, and keep some hand sanitizer around the area so everyone can sanitize their hands often.
Do you have a loved one who needs to take extra precautions? Consider dropping off a plate or two of Thanksgiving favorites on their doorstep, so they feel appreciated and have the chance to celebrate with the tastes of the holiday.
With all that is going on this year, some are even choosing to do completely out of the ordinary celebrations. Other ideas? Head to a local park and take a nice, long stroll. Donate to a local charity or animal shelter. Gather your loved one and take your meal outside for a picnic.
Not feeling Thanksgiving this year? That’s perfectly fine! Put on your coziest outfit, order takeout, and have a movie marathon!
Sure, Thanksgiving looks a little different this year. But at the end of the day, we’ve all got a lot to be thankful for.
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