Are you feeling dismayed this holiday season because of COVID-19? We hear you. It’s been a rough couple of months for everyone, and Thanksgiving just won’t be the same this year.

But hey, you can still celebrate the holiday despite the ongoing pandemic! Here’s a guide on how to do that.

Re-Imagine Cherished Traditions

Every family has their own Thanksgiving traditions. Whether it’s watching a football match together, shopping during the Black Friday sales, or attending local parades, there are plenty of exclusive Thanksgiving traditions that families typically participate in.

With COVID-19 still on the rise, you might not be able to experience these traditions the same way this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun! This is your chance to rethink your family traditions and improvise.

For instance, if you used to attend your local parade every year with your kids, this time around watch it online or on the television. Macy’s has taken their annual parade to NBC this year in light of the pandemic, ensuring that everyone still gets to enjoy the event from their homes. Similarly, you can do your holiday shopping online this year, and instead of having the whole family over to watch the game, you can all watch it together virtually.

You can even introduce new Thanksgiving traditions this year. Get creative!   

Give Back to the Community

The whole idea behind Thanksgiving is to acknowledge what you’re grateful for. As you prepare to celebrate the holiday, don’t forget the ones who’ve been impacted by the pandemic the hardest. Many families have lost loved ones to COVID-19 this year. Others have been hit by financial hardships, health complications, and loss of income.

This Thanksgiving, give back to your community more generously than ever. You can donate to organizations and collectives helping individuals severely affected by the pandemic, volunteer at local communities, or even arrange a fundraiser of your own for the cause.

Dine Together Virtually

Thanksgiving isn’t complete without a family dinner. However, we don’t recommend holding large gatherings this year. Instead, if your loved ones live nearby, you can organize a meal exchange and drop of those finger-licking pumpkin pies at their doorstep.

Thanksgiving dinner laid out on a table

Another way to get the family together this year is by having a virtual gathering. Decide on a time for everyone to show up for the Zoom/Skype/FaceTime call together. You can even pre-decide your menu and prepare the same dishes as your loved ones so that it feels like you’re all sharing the same food.

Get more ideas and recipes for your Thanksgiving dinner on our food and fashion blog for women. Our lifestyle website covers a range of self-care topics, eating habits, fashion trends, and developing a healthy lifestyle.

Happy Thanksgiving!