Some ways to celebrate Thanksgiving during the pandemic

Happy Thanksgiving

The leaves changing colour reminds us that Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  This year the celebrations will look a bit different.  As special as it is to be together for the holiday with family and friends, it is more important for us to do so safely.

It is paramount that we protect our friends and loved ones from COVID 19.  It is also important to not let this year’s circumstances get us down.  With a little creativity, we can carry on the traditions we hold dear.  Fortunately, there are many safe ways to celebrate Thanksgiving 2020 while respecting public health guidelines. Here are a few tips:

Small Gatherings
Health experts recommend celebrating Thanksgiving in person with members of your own household while connecting with others virtually.  If you are including someone outside your household keep your celebration small and within your area’s gathering regulations.  Follow physical distancing practices.

Consider connecting virtually.  It is common now to meet online for school, work and with friends and family.  Most of us are now accustomed to virtual meetings using Google Hangouts, Zoom, FaceTime and other apps. We all know it’s not quite the same, but it is a safe way to include friends and loved ones.

Spending time outdoors is safer.  Plan a hike or a bike ride to see the fall colours.  It is time to show off the work you have done on your backyard, patio or deck.  Don’t worry if you change the traditional turkey for a barbeque, it’s just another way to create a fun memory.

We may not be in the same place but we can share some memorable moments, laugh and be together in different ways.  Raise a glass, enjoy the harvest and some turkey in your own way. We need Thanksgiving this year more than ever.  Let’s show our appreciation and be grateful even if it is from a distance.