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6 Ways to Make Thanksgiving Special

Written by: Elizabeth McCabe

6 Ways to Make Thanksgiving Special

How are you celebrating Thanksgiving this year?

Thanksgiving is going to look a lot different this year for many of us, as most of our cherished traditions-- gathering in groups, sharing communal meals, and embracing family & friends you haven't seen in a while -- are off-limits due to the pandemic. Even though we may not be able to celebrate like we're used to, there are still ways to make the holiday feel special.

Host a virtual Thanksgiving 
Share recipes ahead of time and cook together over Facetime or Zoom. Even though we can't be in the same room, we can still feel like we're together.

Celebrate al fresco
Bundle up and head outside for a socially distant meal around a bonfire complete with hot toddies and S'mores. Scale down the big Thanksgiving feast and make it a simple meal, or better yet, support your favorite establishment and order takeout to skip the prep and the mess altogether. 

Send letters to loved ones
Thanksgiving is all about remembering what and who you're thankful for. Write letters of gratitude to your family and friends to spread joy this holiday season. You'll make someone's day and boost your own positivity as well.

Get out the entertainment
Set up outdoor games like cornhole, croquet, or bocce ball for activities that everyone can enjoy. If watching football is your tradition, set up a projector screen outside or view a favorite family movie. Or how about a puzzle or fun game everyone can play? 

Ditch the traditions and start some new ones
Forget the turkey this year and try a new recipe that won't take all day to prepare. Any delicious meal paired with a great bottle of wine can be celebratory even if it's not the traditional Thanksgiving feast with all of the fixings. Or how about a wine tasting with cheese instead? The real gravy of the holiday is quality time with the people you love.

Volunteer or donate 
Thanksgiving is all about expressing gratitude and feeling a sense of community with your fellow humans. So many people have lost loved ones or are struggling due to the pandemic, it's a great time to donate to those in need. You can donate to your local food bank, help an at-risk neighbor, or donate to a worthy organization. 

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