Feeling trapped by the pandemic restrictions this holiday? Here are some ideas to lift your spirits.

By Melissa Farthing, Copy Editor

Unfortunately, this Thanksgiving is going to look a lot different than in years past.

The coronavirus continues to rage across our country and the world, which means that getting together in person with extended family members probably isn’t the best idea. Yes, it’s disappointing not to gather around the dining room table with your loved ones, but this Thanksgiving isn’t canceled just yet. Here are some safe, socially distanced ideas to make sure Turkey Day 2020 is one for the books.

  1. Watch Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade 

As of the writing of this article, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade is, surprisingly, still on for this year (sans spectators). This annual event will likely be a great distraction from the escalating pandemic and election fallout. If the parade does end up getting canceled in the following weeks, there are always reruns to watch on YouTube.

  1. Zoom Call

If you’re missing your relatives, why not schedule a Zoom call with them on Thanksgiving? You can still enjoy each other’s company but not have to worry about potentially spreading an icky illness. Another positive is that you won’t have to share your pumpkin pie with them!

  1. Try a new recipe

Thanksgiving wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without food! Luckily, the coronavirus hasn’t taken that away from us. Flip through a cookbook or go online and find an intriguing recipe to make for the big day. Who knows? Maybe you’ll discover your new favorite dish.

  1. Football game

Sports are back in session, and no sport better accommodates Thanksgiving than football! Three NFL games are currently scheduled for November 26th. Grab the TV remote and watch your favorite team play on Turkey Day, or browse the sports channels and find a rerun of an old game.

  1. Fall walk

If it’s not too chilly, go outside with your household members and enjoy the last remnants of fall. Tell each what you are grateful for as you take your stroll. After all, cherishing what you have is the point of the holiday.

It may not be a “normal” Thanksgiving this year, but with these ideas in hand, we can make the holiday a very special one indeed.