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Have Yourself A Safe and Warm Thanksgiving

Wong Shu Lee  


  November 23, 2021

It’s almost the end of the year 2021, and since this Thursday is Thanksgiving Day, it’s a good time for us to do some reflections and send our gratitude to family members and friends. 


​​Although Thanksgiving has historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, it has long been celebrated as a secular holiday as well. After all, regardless of race and religion, it is always important to be thankful for the people and things in our life. 


Thanksgiving is a special time of year that traditionally includes traveling to see family and friends for festive get-togethers and a big meal. It is typically celebrated by having a big meal with a turkey as the centerpiece. Watching sports and playing games are also ways to celebrate Thanksgiving. 


Before the pandemic, our team usually celebrated Thanksgiving by having a potluck party in which each one of us would bring our favourite dishes to share with each other. We would also play some games and watch a movie together. 


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have skipped the Thanksgiving party for two years in a row. Although the current situation is not suitable to host any party, we would like to share some ideas on how to protect yourself and your loved ones while enjoying the holiday. 


Firstly, please keep in mind that the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving, or even the upcoming Christmas Day, is to celebrate at home with the people you live with. Staying home is the best way to help curb the spread of COVID-19 because any form of travel puts people at risk for exposure. For example, a long drive usually includes visiting a rest stop or gas station, while taking a train, bus, or plane requires being with big groups of fellow travelers for extended periods. 


It is important for us to keep our gatherings as small as possible and preferably with just the people in your household for the lowest risk of spread. Reducing the number of people who are coming from elsewhere, as painful as that can be, is crucial. On top of that, it will be helpful too to limit the size of the group and the duration that you’re together. 


If gathering from different households, individuals should remain at least 6 feet apart at all times, avoid direct contact (that includes hugs and handshakes), and wear a mask except when eating or drinking. 


If attending a gathering, it’s good to bring food and drinks for yourself and the members of your household, and avoid sharing dishes with others. You may also want to bring your own disposable plates and utensils. 


Of course, if you don’t want to risk an exposure to COVID-19, the best way to celebrate is via Zoom, Skype, or Facetime. Set up a call with your family and friends, then sit down and have a meal while you chat online. 


While celebrating the festival, don’t forget that the core of this celebration is to practice a sense of appreciation and gratitude. Let’s be thankful for all the good people and good things in your life. 


Thanks for reading our article. Happy Thanksgiving! 


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