Thanksgiving Celebrations During Covid-19

Thanksgiving and COVID-19

In March when COVID-19 first shut everything down here in Maryland, we never would have guessed we would still be in the same situation today.  Sadly, the reality is that the pandemic is affecting our Holidays.  Numbers are on the rise, and restrictions are increasing.  The Family Tree knows how critical family connections and traditions are, but we must now pause and focus on the long term.  Along with Governor Hogan and the CDC, we encourage you to celebrate Thanksgiving with those in your household.  Don’t worry.  The holiday can still be fun!  Here are some ideas.   

  • Host a virtual Thanksgiving meal with friends and family.
      • Schedule a time to share a meal together virtually.
      • Have people share recipes and show their turkey, dressing, or other dishes they prepared.
      • Talk about your favorite Thanksgiving traditions & memories.
  • Don’t be afraid to scale it back!
    • If you are feeling burnt out or overwhelmed, give yourself a break! Chances are your portions will be smaller this year.
    • Ask your kids to help cook so that you can enjoy time together in the kitchen.
  • Watch television and play games with people in your household.
    • Watch Thanksgiving Day parades, sports, and movies at home.
    • Find a fun game to play. Cards and board games are great family activities!
  • Thanksgiving Shopping Traditions.
    • Shop online sales the day after Thanksgiving and days leading up to the holidays.
    • Use contactless services for purchased items, like curbside pick-up.
    • Shop in open air markets staying 6 feet away from others.
  • Other Activities:
    • Safely prepare traditional dishes and deliver them to family and neighbors in a way that does not involve contact with others (for example, leave them on the porch).
    • Participate in a gratitude activity, like writing down things you are grateful for and sharing with your friends and family.



As always, feel free to call our Parenting HelpLine at 1-800-243-7337!


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