On Thursday, November 26th, we will be celebrating Thanksgiving here in the U.S. As is happening globally (due to the pandemic) this year’s celebration will have a flavor all of its own. We will start by looking at some of the guidelines that have been posted by federal agencies:
From Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the NIH (National Institute of Health): https://www.cnbc.com/2020/10/14/dr-fauci-says-his-kids-arent-coming-home-for-thanksgiving-to-stay-safe-from-coronavirus.html. (This is a very well written article. You will need to scroll down to see a short video from Dr. Fauci.)
From the CDC (Center For Disease Control): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays/thanksgiving.html.
Thanksgiving is literally a time for giving thanks. It is a time for family gatherings, serving traditional meals, and for perhaps watching a movie or a sports game or two. Due to the pandemic, our celebrations this year will be a bit different. Travel is not being encouraged, holiday gatherings are being limited, and if we do have a holiday gathering, we are being encouraged to have it outside.
How can we create our own celebration this year, one that will be a lasting positive memory for us? We can be thankful for what we have – for our health, for our family, for our jobs, for the country that we live in. We can be thankful that we have the ability to not only talk to family and friends that are at a distance, but we can interact with them visually through FaceTime and sites like Zoom. We can be thankful for our homes, and our communities.
However you decide to celebrate Thanksgiving, check NIH, CDC, and local guidelines to make sure that you are doing your best to stay safe. Wear masks, and wash your hands frequently. You can still serve a Thanksgiving dinner, with some adjustments. Only one person in the kitchen at a time, and only one person serving. Each person gets their chosen beverage and fills their plate one person at a time. Make sure there is good air flow in the house. You can still watch movies and sports shows – just remember correct social distancing.
Above all, choose to be happy! And yes, The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is still happening! Without the crowds, of course, but it is still happening!
Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!
(c) November Bonnie Cehovet
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