Thanksgiving this year will look a bit different than usual due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. However, things don't have to be that different as long as everyone takes part in trying to make themselves and others safer. The CDC recommends that everyone wear a mask to prevent the spread of COVID 19, staying 6 feet away from others, as well as washing your hands for at least 20 seconds. If you are attending a small gathering ther CDC recommends that everyone takes a few additional steps to prevent the spread. Some of the things include keeping the gatherings small and ourdoors, using single use options such as condiment packages, and avoid going in and out of areas where food is being prepared.
Hosting virutal get togethers is the new norm during these tough times. There are plenty of video confrencing platforms that are easy and simple to use. Some include Zoom, Skype, Facetime, etc. Scheduling a time that everyone can can share a meal together virtually can be a new expereince that everyone can share and talk about for this year.
Another option would be hosting a watch party after the Thanksgiving Meal. Streaming videos on Netflix and Disney+ or Hulu can be a great option if theaters aren't open. There are plenty of TV Shows, parades, sports, and movies that your whole family could enjoy together virtually.
Black Friday is going to look different this year as well. While some stores are not allowing lines to form the night of Thanksgiving, there are plenty of other options as well. Shopping for sales online the night of Thanksgiving and days leading up for the winter holidays as well as utilizing curbside pickup are all great options to start getting ahead on your Christmias shopping.
For those hosting a small gathering outdoors, outdoor entertainment is an awesome alternative. Some ideas include setting up a projector outside to screen your favorite movie, TV show, or football game. Other activities include corn hole, badminton, croquet, or spike ball. If being active is not your thing, another alternative could be to host ourdoor arts and crafts to keep children entertained and busy.
It's also important to practice self care and taking care of your mental and physical health. It is especially important to be sure to check on others and their mental and physical well being. Prioritizing sleep, nutrition, and exercise is key to promoting great health and ensuring each and every individual stays healthy. Here is a link of self care tips to keep you or your loved ones healthy and safe during the COVID pandemic. Link for self care tips.