This year Thanksgiving will be different, but it can still be a fun time with family and friends. Below are some creative ideas shared by the Lab community about how to have a safe, physically distant, and still festive holiday.
“Share” a Family Dish:
My mother is getting on Zoom for the first time to teach all her children how to make her famous stuffing. She has always made it herself before and this is a way for everyone to have her “home cooking” on Thanksgiving.
Each family group is having their own dinner and we will connect with a Family Zoom over dessert (maybe a 2nd dessert for some of us) to share what we are thankful for this year.
Join a Potluck:
Berkeley Lab Postdoc Association organizes an international virtual potluck. Everyone is invited to join! We have an international recipe exchange, then online cook-together session, and Thanksgiving Zoom meeting.
Make the Season Bright by Volunteering:
My family typically gives thanks by volunteering together. This year we’re doing it virtually by all signing up to be Thanksgiving Day Friendly Callers through Meals on Wheels.
I shared the idea of writing gratitude letters with my friends (we do a friendsgiving every year), and they loved it. We’re planning to share ours during a video “cocktail hour”.
We’re using gratitude dice to share what we’re thankful for. We’ll be together on a call and every household has the same dice template.
Check out these additional tips on how to celebrate a safe Thanksgiving.