Thanksgiving looks a little different this year 2020 due to a global pandemic deemed Covid-19. I’ve talked to different people. A few are still planning their traditional big family and friends get together. Others are going to scale back and keep their holiday celebration to just their immediate family that lives with them.
Whatever you decide to do, be safe, and don’t treat it as just another day and do nothing this year. Focus on keeping the traditions that you can!
Make It, Bake It, Eat it!
For instance, most family traditions revolve around the big, yummy Thanksgiving feast! So go ahead and make all the turkey and dressing, delicious side dishes, apple pie, and yummy desserts that you normally would have. Get your family in the kitchen and teach them some of the tricks up your sleeve. Have some fun and enjoy it!
Don’t know how to create the dishes because someone else usually does that part? Call or text and ask them to share their recipe and any tips they have. I did this recently and the result was a hit with the giver and my family!
Be a Blessing!
While you are at it, is there an elderly or single person in your neighborhood that is staying home this year? Let them know ahead that you will be bringing them a plate of your homemade meal and bless them as well!
Ye Ol’ Fashioned Snail Mail is Back!
Sending greeting cards has ramped up significantly this year, so why not join the trend and take the time to let those you love know you are thinking of them with a thoughtful card or even a handwritten note. Pop it in the mail, and they will think fondly of you each time they view it on their mantle, shelf, or desktop.
Make it pretty!
Go ahead and decorate your home with beautiful fall colors, leaves, children’s drawings, and fun DIY arts & crafts projects. Add some colorful wall hangings and wreaths, pumpkins, gourds, pretty candles, fall flowers, and more to brighten up your space!
Mmmmmm – inhale some rich scents!
Pumpkin spice and all the other fragrances of scented candles, potpourri, incense, and aromatherapy essential oils can fill each room in your home with happy smells every day!
I Can See You!
Be sure to plan time on Thanksgiving and that weekend to hang out with family and friends via your phone or computer. Use the world of Zoom, FaceTime, and other video apps so you can see and communicate with each other. Be creative!
Visit as you typically would. Play a game, or cheer for your favorite football team together. Share fun stories and fond memories with each other. Sing songs. Tell jokes and have a good laugh. Have a good time together while being socially distant!
Thanksgiving is also a time to reflect on what we are most grateful for! Nothing can take away your attitude of gratitude, so be sure to share that with others!
Say thank you to someone you have had a meaningful experience or conversation with that has affected your life in a very positive way.
Take time to share with each other what you are each most thankful for! Today. This year. Your lifetime.
Pass around a decorated box or a Mason jar labeled “Grateful” to hold slips of paper with written sentiments on it that can be reviewed and added to each holiday.
And give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
Even though thanksgiving may look and feel very different this year, go ahead and do as many of your traditions as you feel you safely can! And maybe you might even begin a new thing or two that brings joy, and you keep for years and generations to come!
We want to hear from you, so please leave us a comment below!
What are some of your favorite traditions?
How are you celebrating this year?
Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!