Let’s face it. Holidays this year have just been different. Instead of crowded houses full of friends and family, many of us have opted for smaller gatherings, often just with those in our own households. As we look at celebrating Thanksgiving amidst the ongoing pandemic, people around the country are getting creative. Take your cue from those who are coming up with unique COVID-approved ways to celebrate, and make Thanksgiving 2020 one to remember for years to come. Here are 7 ideas to get you started.
1. Get back to the heart of the holiday
Thanksgiving is a time to step back and look at all the things we have to be grateful for. Taking some time to reflect on the good things in your life can be a great way to maintain a positive attitude amidst the challenges of the year. Try sharing with your family what you’re most thankful for, and listen to each other’s stories.
2. Cook the feast of your dreams
With your extra time at home, this is the perfect year to have that Thanksgiving spread you remember from Grandma’s house all those years ago. Use time-honored recipes or experiment with new, innovative recipes for a fresh twist on the main meal. Here's a scrumptious-looking pumpkin cheesecake recipe we’re itching to try!
3. Shop online
Avoid crowded shopping malls. You probably have better things to do than waste time standing in long lines. Besides, you can shop the Black Friday deals online without changing out of your PJs. Big names like Amazon, Best Buy, Kohl's, Macy's, Target, and Walmart have already started offering early deals, which means you don’t have to wait until November 27 to get your holiday shopping on! Aeezo’s Black Friday specials are here, too – grab this coupon for our all-new 10” HD digital photo frame.
4. Give back
For better or worse, Thanksgiving weekend has become a time when most of us expect to put on a few pounds. As we celebrate with what tends to be far too much food, it’s important to remember that some families are still struggling to put food on the table. One great way to help out your community is by donating to a food bank. Most food banks have a list of items that they need most, but they will gladly accept anything you can offer. So next time you're at the store, pick up some extra canned goods and help make Thanksgiving special for someone in need. I guarantee you won't regret it!
5. Get outdoors
Outdoor activities are not only fun but also help reduce the risk of spreading germs while gathering in groups. If you’re inviting friends or family who don’t live in your household, dining alfresco can be a good solution (weather permitting). Over the weekend, go on a hike or have a picnic with young and old. You can even organize your own Turkey Trot and work off some of those holiday calories!
6. Reconnect with loved ones
While it might not be possible to meet with all your friends and relatives this Thanksgiving, that certainly doesn’t mean you can’t stay connected! This year is the perfect time to reconnect with those who you haven’t seen in a while, so go ahead and schedule a video chat with the whole gang! Those cousins you only see at weddings and funerals? Yes, they might even join. For older relatives who aren’t on social media, a digital photo frame can also be a great way to share special moments no matter the distance.
Pumpkins, gourds, maple leaves, acorns, calico corn…the combinations are endless! Take some time to deck out your home with festive fall decorations. Whether you like elegant, whimsical, modern, or traditional décor, there’s no shortage of possibilities. If you want to be environmentally friendly, skip the plastic pumpkins and use real ones instead. As a bonus, you can bake them into wonderful pies afterwards!
If you do decide to travel for the holiday, make sure to protect yourself and minimize contact with those you encounter along your way. Wishing you a safe and joyous Thanksgiving season!