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Staying Home For The Holidays? Here’s How To Host A Virtual Thanksgiving Dinner
For many of us, Thanksgiving is going to look differently this year. The CDC still recommends that staying home for the holidays is the safest option to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and although it may be disappointing news, there are still ways to celebrate with friends and family across the globe with the help of technology, creativity, and good planning.
Sending out invitations is a great way to ensure everyone is on the same page. With dates, times and links to the virtual get-together, invitations are a great way to set the vibe and build the excitement. Have a dress rehearsal for any older relatives who may be new to the online video conference platforms like Zoom or Google Hangouts to ensure that aren’t left behind.
Send out Thanksgiving care packages that everyone can open and share together on Thanksgiving. Whether it’s gifts for the kids, homemade cookies, or photos, select items that remind you of home and being together with family and friends.
Since a traditional potluck is out of the question, have everyone bring something to share on the video chat instead. Consider a quote, photograph, or prayer as a thoughtful addition to the “potluck”. Get the kids involved and set the video chat on record, that way you will have a video of this unique celebration for years to come.
To ensure everyone is connecting over the video chats, consider some simple activities like a contest for the best-looking dessert. Another option is to send out an ingredient that everyone has to include in one dish, and share what everyone came up with.
Sharing your favorite recipes and cooking together over Zoom or Google Hangouts is a fun pre-dinner activity. Set-up your screen so you can be hands-free with a clear view of your kitchen. This way, family and friends can feel like they are right there with you.