Your Thanksgiving celebration may look a lot different this year, but despite the CDC caution to not travel amid the COVID-19 pandemic, you can still stay connected to your family and friends and make it memorable.
If you’re feeling a little down this Thanksgiving because the uncertainties of the year have affected your traditional plans, choose one or more options from the list below to lift your spirits and give you hope for next year.
Here are seven ways to stay connected to your family and friends this year!
Get Together Over Zoom. Thanks to social distancing, we’ve all become quite familiar with Zoom and other video-meeting technologies. The good news is that Zoom is lifting the 40-minute meeting restriction on free accounts to help families and friends connect.
Make a Phone Call. If you’re not feeling tech savvy, there’s nothing like an old-fashioned phone call so you can at least hear familiar voices. Several of your loved ones can be connected over the phone too, but the downside, as opposed to Zoom, is that you can’t see their faces.
Reminisce and Brainstorm. Make it a point on your Zoom call or phone call to relive memories of Thanksgivings past and maybe discuss some ways you can make this year’s celebration look or feel (at least in some small way) like those of previous gatherings.
Prepare a Special Recipe. Remember or honor someone special at the dinner table by preparing their traditional recipe. Don’t worry if it’s not identical to your Mom’s or your favorite aunt’s. It’s the thought that counts, and regardless, it will make a memory.
Establish a New Tradition. If your gathering is smaller this year, focus on creating a new tradition. Even if you hope to get the entire family together in 2021, make it a point to carry this new tradition forward. It can be simple like a movie night, game night or special treat.
Write a Letter to Open Next Year. Gratitude may be an attitude hard to come by in 2020, but capture this feeling for the future. Put your thoughts down, your hopes, fears, things you’re thankful for, how this year has changed you, etc., and save it to read next year.
Plan Next Year’s Thanksgiving. Use this year’s unique circumstances to take a step back and evaluate your celebration. Maybe you have clarity about what you want to change or what you want to stay the same. With this in mind, plan next year’s holiday with renewed hope.
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