2020 has been challenging for all of us and much like everything in 2020, Thanksgiving will be a bit different as well! That is why we decided to share a few tips on ways to remain safe this Holiday while still sharing your gratitude with those around you.
Top 3 Tips for Thanksgiving Dinner to Keep Everyone Safe
After being apart for so many months during the COVID-19 crisis, millions of Americans are eager to break bread for Thanksgiving dinner. If you’re planning to gather in the name of gratitude, it’s important to make a few changes this year to keep you and your family safe.
These top 3 tips will help you have a family Thanksgiving dinner with safety in mind!
1. Play it safe whether hosting or attending
Just as you have since the start of the pandemic, it makes sense to keep up those mindful and smart habits. It’s best to avoid large indoor gatherings. Keep your family Thanksgiving dinner to a more intimate group of people you usually interact with.
If you’re hosting or bringing a dish to share, make sure you practice good food safety along with physical distancing guidelines. That means wearing a mask and gloves while prepping and cooking. Plus wash your hands frequently. That’s not all. Physical safety matters too. Make sure you provide everyone with their own disposable utensils so there are less common touchpoints. And keep sanitizer plentiful.
Don’t forget to practice physical distancing and mask-wearing, especially indoors. If the weather cooperates, dining alfresco keeps everyone safer and can even be more memorable with the surroundings of nature.
2. Switch up your usual traditions
For many families, Thanksgiving dinner is only part of the holiday. If your Thanksgiving tradition includes going big on Black Friday shopping, host an online shopping session while you’re enjoying turkey leftovers.
Sports and parades are popular Thanksgiving activities too. This year, for Thanksgiving set up a watch party on TV instead of going in person to minimize your exposure.
And if you usually travel out of town, perhaps this year is the time to stay local. Keep your elderly relatives safe and check-in via FaceTime, Zoom, or Skype. Do your family Thanksgiving dinner with your local clan and tell everyone to look forward to seeing the rest of your family when things are a little safer.
3. Don’t dwell on what you can’t do
Let’s face it…this year has been rough. But lingering on those negatives doesn’t change anything. Instead, find the positives in the situation while focusing on what you can do. For example, when you have fewer people coming to dinner, it’s a lot easier to make preparations. You can even use this as an opportunity to let kids come help in the kitchen now that Thanksgiving this year will be less hectic.
You can try a new recipe, start a board game tradition, and take a family Thanksgiving walk around the neighborhood or your favorite local park.
And start a new special tradition for next year. Gather your local family around after dessert to write notes of what you’re thankful for. Seal them up to be opened next Thanksgiving. Hopefully, by then, we’ll be able to gather like we used to and have even more to be thankful for.