SAFER ALTERNATIVES FOR THANKSGIVING AND FRIENDSGIVING
The safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving and Friendsgiving is with people in the same household or to celebrate virtually. Some specific alternatives that are low risk include:
- Having a dinner with only people who live in your household.
- Having a virtual pie bake-off (e.g. best crust design wins).
- Hosting a virtual scavenger hunt.
- Making a time capsule to celebrate your friendships.
- Preparing traditional family recipes for family and neighbors, especially those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, and delivering them in a way that does not involve contact with others.
- Having a virtual dinner and sharing recipes with friends and family.
- Shopping online rather than in person on the day after Thanksgiving (“Black Friday” or the following Monday (“Cyber Monday”).
- Watching sports events, parades, and movies from home.
SAFER ALTERNATIVES FOR DECEMBER HOLIDAYS
The safest way to celebrate December Holidays is with people in the same household or to celebrate virtually. Some specific alternatives that are low risk include:
- Having a Hallmark movie night.
- Participating in Holiday-themed activities at home (e.g., making Dreidel gift sets, candle making, Adinkra printing, or baking cookies).
- Participating in online parties or contests (e.g., ugly sweater contest, gingerbread house contest, Challah bread baking party, or making your own Kinara).
- Dressing up homes and yards with Holiday themed decorations (e.g., cutting out paper snowflakes or painting/decorating ornaments).
- Participating in a Holiday scavenger hunt in your neighborhood, and looking for Holiday-related objects (e.g. lights, snowmen, decorated houses, funny holiday sweaters) while maintaining physical distance from people from outside your household.
- Attending a car parade that complies with public health guidance, including:
- Drive-by events or contests where individuals dress up or decorate their vehicles.
- Drive-through events where individuals remain in their vehicles and drive through an area with Holiday displays.
- Drive-in events where individuals can watch a synchronized light show with music in front of a house while the participants remain in their vehicle.
- Attending holiday movie nights at drive-in theaters (must comply with the state drive-in movie theater guidance).
- Eating holiday themed meals at outdoor restaurants (must comply with the state restaurant guidance).
- Viewing holiday themed art installations at an outdoor museum (must comply with the state museum guidance).