Amid the third surge of COVID-19 and new statewide regulations, Thanksgiving will most certainly look different this year than any in recent memory. While plans may have to be modified this year in an attempt to mitigate the rapid spread of COVID-19 this holiday season, there are still numerous ways to enjoy the holidays safely, and possibly even create new, beloved traditions that will last beyond 2020.
Indoor gatherings must be limited to your household and one other household, and should not exceed eight people, from Nov. 20 at 5 p.m. through Dec. 13, 2020.New Kentucky COVID-19 Restrictions
Take advantage of technology
Zoom announced this week that they would be lifting the 40-minute limit from midnight ET on November 26 through 6 a.m. on November 27, so family gatherings don’t have to be cut short. This technology has become ubiquitous since the start of the pandemic, and getting creative with family and friends is a great way to stay connected.
Swap recipes with family members
Is it your aunt’s famous green bean casserole that you’re craving this year? Or perhaps it’s the pecan pie that you’re thinking of. Scan and email recipes with the family to ensure traditions aren’t missed.
Want to take it a step further? Jump on Zoom at a designated time to either cook together or to pray and then share what you’re thankful for with your loved ones.
Black Friday is historically one of the largest gatherings of crowds that many of us participate all year long. While stores are taking all the precautions they can, the bottom line is that no crowd is safe this year. Instead of packing the stores to stock up on Black Friday deals, turn to online shopping and take advantage of sales via retailer websites and Cyber Monday.
Donate and do something for someone else
While traditional volunteer opportunities won’t be available this year because of the pandemic, there are ways to give back by thinking outside the box. This can range from writing encouraging notes to parents who are homeschooling kids this year with NTI or to elderly residents who aren’t receiving visitors this year at senior living homes. Consider purchasing gifts for those in need of gift cards for someone you know who experienced a furlough.
Stay off social media
It’s crucial this year to recognize the opportunities, not the setbacks. At times, social media can make us miss our friends and family – who would typically be around the table. This year, instead of posting pictures of the fun times or scrolling, put your phone down.
Start a new tradition
Since you’ll be away from loved ones, this may be your first opportunity to do things your way. It’s a great time to explore new traditions that can be incorporated in the years to come. Spend some time brainstorming ideas before Thanksgiving. Are you feeling burnt out? Maybe this year, you throw old traditions to the wind and declare a movie marathon, order takeout, or plan an at-home spa day to recharge bodies and minds. Is there a favorite puzzle that you grabbed at the start of the pandemic? Great! Get started on the challenge. Pull out your journal and reflect on things and people you’re grateful for or dreams for next year. Whatever you decide, this is the perfect year to branch out and put some thought into what will rejuvenate and bring joy to you and your family.
The anticipated 5K Turkey Trot won’t be taking place this year, but that doesn’t prevent you from downloading a playlist and taking a run around your favorite park for fresh air. This Thanksgiving, moving your body will increase serotonin and endorphins — improving your mood and outlook.