Thanksgiving During the Pandemic

Katie Barrow, Writer

The CDC advises that “the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving is to celebrate at home with the people you live with.” To still feel connected to your extended family, you can video chat with them on Thanksgiving.

Source: CDC

However, if you are visiting family, a safer way to celebrate is outside, perhaps at a bonfire. If you are gathering inside, you can open windows in the house to establish more air-flow. Inside or outside, the CDC highly recommends wearing masks when not eating or drinking, social distance as much as possible, and washing your hands often.

Source: CDC

Sidney Allen, a sophomore at Franklin High School,  was originally going to travel to Iowa to visit her extended family. However, her cousins were infected with Covid, so her family has chosen to not be in-contact with them. Instead, she is spending the holiday with her immediate family.

Mikaela Robillard, another sophomore, usually spends Thanksgiving with 50 of her relatives. This year, she is seeing much fewer people within her extended family.

Here are some ideas to still make Thanksgiving fun:

1. Sign up for the Virtual Franklin Turkey Trot here.

2. You can still watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, there will just be no large crowd attending in-person.

3. Start the holiday festivities early, and watch a Christmas movie.

4. Play an outdoor game, such as cornhole, Kan Jam, frisbee, or football.

5. Help your family cook food, or bake a dessert.

6. Go on a walk or a hike with your family.

Source: NBC