Heed The CDC Recommendation & Host A Virtual Thanksgiving Instead

Staying home for Thanksgiving may be the safest way to protect yourself and your loved ones. You can still have a great time with a virtual Thanksgiving. We’ve got some fun ideas to make the day special.

For months we’ve been warned by public health authorities to anticipate an increase in coronavirus cases coming into the colder seasons. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has officially urged Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Consider the CDC’s recommendation and host a virtual Thanksgiving Party. If you’re wondering how you could successfully host an entertaining virtual Thanksgiving, we’ve got some ideas that are actually enjoyable.

The CDCs Recommendation

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“Right now, especially as we see exponential growth in cases, the opportunity to translocate disease or infection from one part of the country to another leads to our recommendation to avoid travel at this time.” 

says the CDC

The CDC says that before deciding to travel, consider whether or not the person you’ll be visiting or someone in your household at a higher risk for developing severe COVID-19 complications. If your trip puts you at risk of spreading or contracting the virus, opt to make other plans for the holidays.

A Virtual Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving will suffer the same fate as the other holidays of this year. The safest way to celebrate the day will be to stay home. Thankfully, hosting your Thanksgiving virtually is a viable alternative, and you can still spend time with your loved ones while staying safe. 

Invite a few loved ones and make plans to do something together virtually. You can have a recipe swap and toast with a predetermined signature cocktail. The more may not be merrier on this occasion. Too many people on one videoconference call may be confusing, so limit your guest list.

Virtual Thanksgiving Activities

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Jared Reichert, co-founder of the digital-events start-up Kiki Kit suggests a centerpiece competition can be a fun idea to get everyone hyped leading up to Thanksgiving. You can send your loved ones flowers beforehand. On the call, arrange a masterpiece, and a winner will be determined after.

Desireé Moore Dent of Dejanae Events proposes a virtual scavenger hunt can get everyone engaged in the day’s activities, especially if there are kids in the mix. Make a list of things to find around the house that everyone should hunt for. The teams that gather the most item on the list wins.

And what is Thanksgiving without the family photo? This one can be a great piece of memorabilia to look back at. Jessica Carrilo of Arts & Soul Events says that you should take the picture just as the day is winding down and end things on a high.

Bonus from Zoom 

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And to sweeten your day, Zoom has announced that it will be lifting its regular forty-minute limit. Starting from midnight on November 26 through to 6 am on November 27 expect no abrupt cut to the day’s festivities. And you can truly enjoy your day with your loved ones. 

Written By:
Tumisang Mosito

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