Fun Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving This Year

You know things will look different for Thanksgiving 2020, but you can still give thanks and enjoy the company of your loved ones—while staying safe at home.

Send Care Packages

If you won’t be seeing relatives for the holiday, you can show you’re thinking of them with a thoughtful care package. Include pre-made treats or even a recipe in a jar. Don’t forget to write them a nice note.

Host a Wine Swap


In place of an annual Friendsgiving dinner, why not hold a wine swap with your closest friends? Have everyone draw names, then ship their recipient a bottle of wine to enjoy on Thanksgiving. If you’re not sure what vino to send, check out these suggestions Thanksgiving wine pairings.

Collect Donations for a Food Pantry

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Many food pantries have faced increased demand during the pandemic, and you can help make another family’s Thanksgiving brighter by collecting canned goods or monetary donations for your local food bank. Most organizations will even give you a list of the foods they need mos

Dine Alfresco

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If you’re going to have a traditional gathering with friends and family, the CDC guidelines note that a small outdoor event will be lower risk than dining indoors. Weather may be a factor in whether your Thanksgiving plans are a go this year. But unless the day is absolutely terrible, you might still be able to gather for a short time to enjoy a little turkey and stuffing with your friends and family.

Go Hiking

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Weather-permitting, work up an appetite on Thanksgiving by going hiking with your family. Pack snacks and plenty of water, then hit the trail for some quality time in the great outdoors. If you go in the morning, you’ll even have time to cook a turkey when you get home.

Send Meals to Loved Ones


If you have older relatives who aren’t planning to do anything on Thanksgiving, you can make their day brighter with a contactless food delivery. Some restaurant chains let you order Thanksgiving meals, but you can also get them takeout from their favorite restaurant using a food delivery service.

Article courtesy of Taste of Home