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Thanksgiving is many people’s favorite holiday. It’s a time for families to gather and enjoy being with each other, watching football together, and eating traditional Thanksgiving dishes like turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. 

Like everything else in 2020, Thanksgiving is going to be different this year. Health experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci are urging Americans to consider it from every angle before making Thanksgiving plans. Does the state you are traveling to expect you to quarantine for two weeks after arriving? Does your state require you to quarantine for two weeks after you return home? These are important things to consider.

We’ve all heard about weddings, funerals, and other events where people gather turning into super-spreader events. For this reason, health experts are urging Americans to have small family gatherings. Here are a few other tips for gathering with your family in a safe way:

1. Only have people in your “bubble” over on Thanksgiving.

Many people have been creating social bubbles throughout the year. This can be a safe way to spend time with people who aren’t in your immediate family. Be aware, though, that social bubbles only work when everyone is following health and safety guidelines: wearing masks, social distancing, and washing their hands frequently.

2. Find creative ways to share food with distant relatives.

You could make family recipes and have them delivered to relatives. You could order a pumpkin pie, for example, from a restaurant and have it delivered. You could have a virtual Thanksgiving party with video conferencing where everyone makes the same recipe. You might have to approach things a little differently this year.

3. Watch sporting events, parades, or movies from home.

There will still be football games to enjoy on Thanksgiving, and there will be a virtual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It could also be a good time to have a watch party with relatives who are elsewhere so you can all enjoy the same movie.

4. Do your Black Friday shopping online instead of in person.

Shopping on Black Friday has become a holiday tradition for many people. There is also Cyber Monday, though, the Monday following Thanksgiving where retailers have special deals for those who are shopping online. You’re likely to see a lot of great deals this year as retailers encourage people to shop online.

Thanksgiving 2020 is not going to look like a normal Thanksgiving, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t enjoy your favorite dishes together or have quality family time. It may be a little different than usual as everything else has been this year, but it’s important to be as safe as possible over this holiday season.