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How to Host a Stress-Free Thanksgiving During a Pandemic

How to Host a Stress-Free Thanksgiving During a Pandemic

Let’s face it: the holidays are going to look a little different this year. Gatherings are going to have to continue to stay limited in order to keep loved ones safe, and it is important that everyone is diligent about upholding CDC requirements - no matter how eagerly we want to get back to normal life. 

There are still plenty of ways to make this holiday special, even though get-togethers will be limited. With a little creativity and communication, this Thanksgiving can still be stress-free, fun, and festive! 

How to Host a Stress-Free Thanksgiving During a Pandemic

Communicate, communicate, communicate

If you live somewhere warm where you can have a small gathering outdoors, or if you have family members that you’re keeping safe and limited contact with in your household, communicate safety measures thoroughly, well ahead of time. Here are some great things to tell everyone: 

  • Wear a mask
  • Bring a chair to sit on, and layers for when it starts to get dark
  • Bring hand sanitizer (we will also provide)
  • Bring your own cup or water bottle to drink out of
  • Be prepared to stay at least 6 feet from everyone else, and spread out

Additional things to consider: how food items will be served (to avoid cross-contamination), bathroom visit rules, hand-washing, etc. Making everyone aware of the precautions you’re taking will not only put your guests at ease, but also make the holiday less stressful for you. 

When in doubt, use technology

Because of advances in tech, it’s easier than ever to connect with loved ones through video calls on our phones and computers. One of the best ways to help prevent the spread of coronavirus is to avoid gatherings all together, so setting up a virtual Thanksgiving party is a great option. Here are some ways to make it special: 

  • Choose one recipe that you and your attendees can each make for yourselves at home, so that you can enjoy that dish “together” (appetizers and desserts are perfect for this)
  • Create a Thanksgiving-themed trivia game (or look one up online), for after dinner
  • Go around and ask each person to name 3 things they’re thankful for this year
  • Before the meal begins, have a music playlist ready that you’ve shared with everyone - then cue up the first song together (dance breaks encouraged)

When the day comes, begin it calmly

Whether going out for a brisk walk or jog, or waking up and doing a short meditation, start off the holiday itself by taking care of your body and your mind. These days every special event has a higher likelihood to be stress-inducing, so do what you can to set a foundation of calmness first thing. 

Stay hydrated throughout the day

Holidays usually include plenty of indulgent foods and alcoholic beverages. Be sure that you’re keeping your immune system healthy by staying well-hydrated all through the day. Adding a packet of True Lemon Energy to your water in the morning will keep you fueled with natural energy from green tea, and the delicious flavor options will tempt you to keep on sipping. 

Prepare recipes ahead of time

Whether celebrating with your in-house family or roommates, or having a small gathering outside at a safe distance, setting aside time a day or two beforehand to prep food will go a long way in reducing stress day-of. Here are some simple recipes to make ahead: 

True Orange Ginger Spice Roasted Nuts

Perfect to make a day or two before, these nuts are spicy and quite festive! To avoid people putting their fingers in a shared bowl, get cupcake liners and divide small portions into each paper cup. Get Recipe

True Lemon Pumpkin Roll

Perfect for holiday celebrations, this recipe can be baked early and served in a day or two pre-sliced with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or homemade whipped cream. Get Recipe

True Lemon Wassail Punch

Cloves and cinnamon dress up this festive holiday punch that can be made ahead of time and warmed up the next day. Did we mention your home will smell amazing too? Get Recipe

Cauliflower Soup with True Lemon Parsley Cream

Soup is excellent to make early - just warm up in a crockpot the next day and serve. Making this ahead will also allow the flavors to meld together over time. Get Recipe

Even though the Thanksgiving holiday will look differently this year, there are still plenty of reasons to celebrate. Let’s enjoy this time by finding happiness and gratitude for what we have, learning to live in the moment more often, and getting creative with how to connect with loved ones. Happy Thanksgiving!

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