As we deal with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many are gearing up for a holiday season unlike any in recent memory.  So, then what does you own Thanksgiving celebration look like at your home with the continuing high numbers of COVID-19 cases.  How do you handle Thanksgiving meals this year and if it’s safe o have them at all?

Make your own informed decision

Though Thanksgiving will probably look a bit different this year, it’s still an important time for families to make memories together.  You should give yourself enough time to think about how many people you can host, what you’ll make, and how you’ll serve it, as well as what people will do after dinner. 

What you do in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving makes a big difference.  If you’re planning on spending Thanksgiving in close contact with family and you can quarantine for two weeks, do it.  If not, be extra careful for the two weeks prior to your feast.  If you’re hosting, encourage anyone coming to do the same, and try to get a sense of what precautions they’ve been taking.  You should also make it clear to anyone that if they’re feeling under the weather even slightly the day of your feast, they should stay home.  This ix not the time to push through and attend anyway.

What you do in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving makes a big difference.  If you’re planning on spending Thanksgiving in close contact with family and you can quarantine for two weeks, do it.  If not, be extra careful for the two weeks prior to your feast.  If you’re hosting, encourage anyone coming to do the same, and try to get a sense of what precautions they’ve been taking.  You should also make it clear to anyone that if they’re feeling under the weather even slightly the day of your feast, they should stay home.  This ix not the time to push through and attend anyway.

Get creative with serving and seating.  Maybe this is a good time to implement a kids table if you don’t already have one, seat higher-risk and older people in spots where they can more easily keep a distance, and/or seat people in close proximity to the people they live with.  Think about your space and what makes the most sense for you and your guests.

Everyone’s situation is different.  It’s impossible to give one-size-fits-all advice, so use your best judgment based on public health guidelines.  If you live in an area with particularly high COVID-19 cases and/or have a lot of relatives in high-risk groups, you may want to alter your celebrations even further or, in some cases, cancel them entirely.  Keep an eye on the news, check in with your loved ones, and start planning soon in order to have the safest holiday possible.

Here’s a sweet treat recipe from your friendly HAKTO Staff! We wish you all the best of this season and may you enjoy it with your family and loved ones!