Five ways to celebrate Thanksgiving safely this year

A table full of delicious holiday desserts including pumpkin pie and cupcakes

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and with COVID-19 cases still prevalent across the region and country, everyone’s favorite feasting holiday is going to look a little different this year.

Given the current upward trend of COVID-19 cases in our community, gathering in-person with people from outside your household—such as meeting with relatives for an indoor meal—is not recommended.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a piece of pumpkin pie and connect with loved ones.

We’ve put together 5 safe ways to recognize Thanksgiving this year.

Send a care package or letter

Show your friends and family that you are thankful for them by sending them a letter or a care package full of their favorite treats. It’s the thought that counts!

Exchange recipes, have a virtual bake-off, or digital dinner

While you might not be together in person, that doesn’t mean you can’t still connect with your loved ones. Arrange a time to join a virtual call to swap recipes, get baking, or enjoy a meal together (just bring your device to the table!).

Take the stress out of cooking

Take the stress out of preparing a meal by instead ordering dinner to go from a local business or enjoy the convenience of online grocery shopping. Many retailers offer contactless delivery and curbside pick-up for little to no fee. It’s a great way to support our local businesses!

Game on!

Even though the annual backyard football match is out this year, try out virtual games to get your competitive juices flowing instead. There are endless virtual game options available. Or, keep it simple with a good-old fashioned game of charades over a video call. Search for “online games to play with friends” for some new ideas!

Give back

Volunteering opportunities may be more difficult to do safely in person this year, but there are many safe alternatives that you can try. Consider donating to a food bank, volunteer to go grocery shopping for people who may need help getting groceries safely, donate blood, or check out virtual volunteering options.

While we won’t be celebrating how we might like to this year, take time to reflect on what you’re thankful for in these challenging times.