How 50 Everygirls Are Spending Thanksgiving 2020

Right here at TEG, we love a very good “how-to” information. If there’s a greatest technique to do one thing, we choose to do our analysis, ask the consultants, and formulate a map of types that we revisit time and time once more. Take our guides to consuming plant-based, spring cleansing our closets, and touring our favourite cities as an illustration. What can we are saying… we’re planners.

So, whereas making an attempt to determine our Thanksgiving plans amongst the chaos of 2020, all of us really feel a bit of bit like Michael Scott in The Workplace throughout Dwight’s impromptu fireplace drill. We’re throwing our arms as much as the sky, pacing in zigzag instructions, and shouting a agency “keep calm” one minute and a panicked “what’s the process” one other. 

If there’s one new regular that we’ve come to just accept this yr, it’s that there is no process. Given latest COVID-19 spikes in a number of states, planning for the vacations is posing very particular challenges. If you happen to plan to attend a (small) group gathering, it is best to solely present up when you’re 100 % comfy. You should definitely learn up in your state’s COVID-19 tips when making your plans to make sure that you’re celebrating as safely as potential.

Amongst the chaos, we hope that opening the dialogue to share one another’s subject-to-change sport plans will convey us all some consolation and can spotlight the truth that, regardless of bodily socially distancing, we actually are all on this collectively. Preserve studying to see how Everygirls all over the place are safely discovering pleasure to start with of this vacation season:


I might be fully sincere that my Thanksgiving plans have been completely racking my mind for the previous few weeks. I stay in Chicago, and my household is in Cleveland, OH. Usually, I’d take a Megabus residence and keep per week for Thanksgiving with my mother and father and little brother, adopted by heaps and many Black Friday purchasing (it’s a household custom for us!). I really feel very fortunate to be wholesome sufficient and for my mother and father to be wholesome sufficient to go residence, however with that, I’m following as many precautions as humanly potential to maintain it protected and do my half to not make Thanksgiving week trigger an enormous spike in COVID numbers. My dad additionally has an autoimmune illness whereas being a necessary employee, so I would like to ensure when he picks me up on the airport that I’m COVID free! So, my tentative plan is to quarantine two weeks earlier than and get examined about 5-6 days earlier than my flight. This ensures that if I’ve COVID, I’m giving myself a two-week quarantine, however I’ll even have peace-of-mind after I get to the airport that I’ve simply examined unfavourable (clearly, if I take a look at optimistic, this plan all goes to sh*t, and it’s a Chinese language takeout kinda Thanksgiving in my condominium for me, LOL).

Whereas residence, my mother, brother, and I might be staying in (our plan is to look at the entire Lord of the Rings films!) since my dad will nonetheless must go to work. And we’ll be doing plenty of on-line searching for Black Friday, in all probability all subsequent to one another with Starbucks this yr to imitate our ordinary custom! Upon my return to Chicago, I’ll quarantine and get examined earlier than I see any of my buddies. I really feel so grateful to even have the choice to see my household, so I don’t need to take any precautions flippantly this time round. I’ll be doing principally the identical factor in terms of touring residence for Christmas, so if there are any kinks within the plan, I’ll hopefully have it discovered by then!


My household and I normally by no means miss a Thanksgiving collectively, as it’s the one vacation all of us can decide to seeing one another, cooking and consuming collectively, and enjoying our favourite board and card video games. Whereas weighing our choices within the household group chat, we’ve collectively determined to proceed to get collectively for Thanksgiving. Though we’re persevering with our annual traditions, this Thanksgiving is shaping out to look so much completely different this yr.

My household and I are in very shut proximity to at least one one other, the place we are able to all get collectively in slightly below an hour’s drive. Sadly, with an aunt who has a compromised immune system and a grandmother who’s getting older, we don’t need to take any possibilities getting them sick. This yr, we plan to make it possible for everyone seems to be examined proper earlier than gathering, that we now have loads of methods to sanitize all through the day, and put together our potluck-style meal upfront. This vacation is as a lot for the children in our household as it’s for us, so we plan to ensure our little ones have sufficient area to eat and play collectively safely. For the grown of us, our Thanksgiving vacation is centered across the kitchen and enjoying card video games, as all of us take our turns making an attempt to win in opposition to our grandmother (I’ve one win beneath my belt and going for a second!).

I’m blessed to have the ability to be so near my household, the place I can readily see them in-person, particularly across the holidays. Though extra precautions might be taken to make sure everyone seems to be wholesome earlier than, throughout and after, I couldn’t be extra excited to spend Thanksgiving the best way we’ve been celebrating for years. It’s the much-needed time I would like with my household to bounce again from a busy, isolating yr!


Thanksgiving within the Etz family has all the time been cozy—we normally simply make a very small meal (rotisserie rooster, I’m taking a look at you) or order in and hang around with one another. We hold it small—normally simply my mother and pop, my brother and sister-in-law, and me. It’s all the time meant time spent piled on the lounge sofa, wiling away the hours with Prime Chef marathons and laughter and method an excessive amount of chocolate. It’s not fancy however I didn’t understand how a lot that point collectively meant till this yr; COVID has actually compelled all the things into perspective. My mother is presently going by way of chemo, so she’s needed to be extraordinarily cautious for the previous eight months. Since we stay elsewhere (I’m in Chicago, my mother and father are in Michigan), I’ve solely seen her and my dad as soon as since this all began, for a socially-distanced, masks-on, outside stroll. No hugs, which actually broke my coronary heart. It’s been difficult in a time after I simply need to encompass my mother with love, however my bodily presence looks like a possible risk. Although I’m nonetheless extremely grateful that we had even that point and that we’re all dedicated to staying as protected as potential.

Meaning going again residence (my mother and father nonetheless stay in the home I grew up in, in Michigan) for Thanksgiving isn’t potential this yr, so we’re adapting with plenty of calls and FaceTimes. My mother, sister-in-law, and I’ve plans to maneuver our TV binge marathon to a name as an alternative, so we are able to all watch collectively with out really being collectively. We’ve watched episodes of The Nice British Baking Present and World of Dance (our TV style is extraordinarily refined) that method all through isolation and it’s been genuinely so comforting. The following smartest thing to curling up collectively beneath an enormous comforter, with the Christmas lights on within the background.

We’re additionally planning some text-n’-shop time for the Black Friday and Small Enterprise Saturday gross sales in lieu of our ordinary midnight Goal run. Whereas it’s not best, I’m so grateful that a minimum of we are able to use know-how to really feel a bit of nearer collectively. Earlier than this all began, I had by no means really FaceTimed my mother (lol we solely ever talked on the telephone), which now appears completely hilarious. Simply that little distinction, seeing one another’s faces from lots of of miles away, is strictly what I’m grateful for this season.


Thanksgiving is one among my favourite holidays due to the standard household time, fall climate, and the meals (in fact). I’m fortunate sufficient to attend a university that’s 10 minutes away from my mother and father and solely an one hour away from my grandpa. For Thanksgiving this yr, my household and I are making the drive to spend Thanksgiving with my mothers’ facet of the household (like we do most years). We’re taking further precautions with COVID particularly due to my grandpa’s well being. Although my mother and father and I mentioned staying residence for Thanksgiving due to COVID, my grandpa lives alone. I might slightly take each well being precaution on this planet than not have high quality time with my grandpa. In previous years, my household volunteers at a church to cook dinner meals for individuals in want of a Thanksgiving meal. Sadly with COVID, we’re unable to volunteer our time and efforts with a purpose to assist individuals.

My aunt and uncle are phenomenal cooks which implies yearly my twin sister and I battle over my uncle’s well-known mashed potatoes– that is one side of my Thanksgiving that hasn’t modified! My prolonged household lives out-of-state so I’m certain some Facetime calls will happen all through the day!

I can’t categorical my gratitude that I’m fortunate sufficient to stay so near my household. I do know many individuals are unable to take action, and my coronary heart goes out to them.


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Not like lots of my coworkers, I really feel so fortunate that my rapid household lives close by and that, since we’re all remoted, I’ve been capable of see them all through the previous few months. It’s simply me, my mother and father, and my little sister (who’s at school in Wisconsin however is isolating there whereas doing on-line lessons), and since we’re all spending all of our days protected working from residence, we’ve felt protected seeing one another.

We normally have a giant dinner cooked by my mother along with her facet of the household, however this yr, it’s simply going to be the 4 of us at residence. It’s so much completely different than the festivities we’re used to, however I can’t wait to placed on my favourite pajamas and be at residence with my household all day. It’s loopy how a lot my perspective has modified all through this yr; I couldn’t really feel luckier to have the chance to be with my mother and father and sister, one thing I actually in all probability would have taken as a right earlier than. My mother goes to make all of the meals she normally does—simply with extra leftovers than we’re used to. I’ll be taking up desert this yr and am excited to attempt my hand at making my first home made pie (want me luck—I’ll want it!). My coronary heart goes out to those who aren’t capable of spend Thanksgiving with their households, and I hope that subsequent yr, it can look completely different for everybody.


Full transparency, I nonetheless don’t know what my Thanksgiving will appear to be this yr. I’ve all the time spent the vacation with my aunts, cousins, and prolonged household (who additionally occur to be my greatest buddies) and it’s one among our favourite days of the yr, however clearly it is going to be a bit of completely different in 2020. My mother has been staying with my grandma for the reason that pandemic began (my grandma is extra social at 90 years outdated than I’ve ever been in my life, so months spent in isolation wouldn’t have been a good suggestion). I’m fortunate sufficient to have the ability to journey to see them, together with my dad and different siblings, however these of us who’re touring will possible keep within the basement away from them till we are able to get the outcomes again from a covid take a look at. My household additionally obtained some restaurant-level badass area heaters in case we have to sit outdoors on the patio at six-feet aside to be collectively (actually provides new which means to “there’s no place like residence for the vacations,” doesn’t it?).

Thanksgiving will look much less like massive, embellished tables with a meals buffet and the great desk cloths, and can look extra like spreading out on the patio with face masks and separate takeout dinners. It sounds just like the lesson on the finish of a Hallmark film, however I couldn’t care much less if I’ve to sleep in a chilly, dusty basement if it means attending to be with my household in spite of everything of this. I by no means thought I’d stay up for sushi takeout on Thanksgiving a lot in my life, however I’m counting down the seconds till I’m again residence!


To say that Thanksgiving on the Selleke residence might be completely different in 2020 is an understatement. On a conventional Thanksgiving, my house is buzzing with members of the family galore sharing laughs, recipes, and hugs. This yr, I’ll solely be seeing my rapid household (my mother, dad, sister, and brother).

My brother and I each stay in Chicago, so earlier than touring residence, we’re getting ready to quarantine for a minimum of two weeks and get a COVID take a look at earlier than we head residence to provide us all some peace of thoughts throughout our smaller-scale celebrations. I really feel comfy with the plan that we now have in place and am trying ahead to seeing my household quickly as our frequent Chicago to Detroit visits have been slim to none nowadays and I might use the household time!

As a lot as I’ll miss the bustling of our conventional Thanksgiving, I do know for a incontrovertible fact that we’ll benefit from our time collectively and, if there’s one factor it’s essential learn about my mother, it’s that she is aware of the best way to throw a celebration, massive or small. I’m certain she has some tips up her sleeve and loads of wine for us to deal with ourselves to. However let’s be actual… I’ll be simply as glad if all we do is eat some turkey and binge-watch Schitt’s Creek.


Thanksgiving is, in non-Covid instances, my favourite day of the yr. My 80-something grandparents have, for the final 10-plus years, hosted 30ish prolonged members of the family of their front room (at one lengthy, wonderful desk) for a day stuffed with basic Thanksgiving meals, plenty of wine, and video games and laughter. That’s, for apparent causes, out of the query this yr. As of now, the plan is that my rapid household (my mother and father, my brother, my sister, my brother-in-law, and my nephew) might be at my mother and father’ home (simply outdoors of Chicago) for a meal collectively. Hopefully, my grandparents will be part of us as effectively, however that is dependent upon everybody’s skill to securely quarantine for 2 weeks forward of time.

My dad is touring for work in early November, so it’s potential that this plan should change drastically. I stay a couple of blocks away from my sister, BIL, and nephew, so I’ll hopefully be with them no matter different plans (we’ve been seeing one another repeatedly for months, as I stay alone). I’ll be consuming turkey it doesn’t matter what—however hopefully it’s been made by my mother, and never from the lunchmeat counter on the grocery retailer. We’ll see!


Like a couple of of my coworkers, I’m lucky sufficient to be from Chicago and residing right here now, so my household may be very shut by. The plan is for us to have a small household gathering (beneath 10 individuals) at my mother’s home, versus the 25+ that she usually hosts for Thanksgiving. Everybody goes to be isolating for 2 weeks main as much as the vacation, after which I’ll be heading out to the suburbs to stick with my mother and sister for a couple of days. I completely love Thanksgiving, and though I’m unhappy that it has to look completely different this yr, I’m very grateful that I can nonetheless see a few of my household and that we are able to benefit from it.

Whereas my mother, sister, and I usually would possibly make the trek to do some Black Friday purchasing, this yr we’re planning a women night time sleepover after our Thanksgiving meal, was a day of consuming leftovers, baking, enjoying video games, adorning, and watching Christmas films collectively on Friday.


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Hunkering down with two shut buddies and making the FEAST of all FEASTS.
Mary, Chicago

Cooking and making meals baskets for native households.
Claudia, Illinois

Getting some staples from a neighborhood grocer, making enjoyable sides, and Zooming.
Kate, Minneapolis

My household is in LA, however I’m staying right here to socially distance.
Emily, Chicago

My husband and I are fascinated by simply doing Friendsgiving.
Christian, Raleigh

Simply the 2 of us, newlyweds and preggo—I’ll be determining a small dinner.
Lexi, Portland

I’ll be touring an hour south by automotive to a smaller-than-usual gathering.
Ellissa, Denver

I’m a nurse practitioner, so I’ll be working on the hospital so I can hopefully go residence for Christmas.

Being further protected two weeks prior, and solely getting along with rapid household (minus grandma).

I’ll be packing Thanksgiving plates to depart on shut household’s doorsteps.
Kourtney, Illinois

Working in a single day at my job within the ER, and having a Zoom Friendsgiving that weekend!

Flying to East Coast for 2 months to stick with household (since I’m working from residence till June).
Elissa, San Francisco

Staying residence alone and getting drunk!

Highway tripping to Atlanta to see household (first time since final Christmas).
Samantha, Washington, D.C.

Not touring to see household—I’ll go to a yummy NYC restaurant as an alternative.
Erica, NYC

A small group of my household might be in our open storage for dinner—with heaters!
Allyson, Indiana

Cooking at residence! Turning it right into a day of reflection and solitude.

Not touring—cozy vacation at residence with my pup and hubs.
Ashley, NYC

Hoping to do a getaway with my husband and simply keep away from the vacation altogether.

My household is in NJ and it’s nonetheless too dangerous to go to. Going digital!
Kim, Rochester, NY

Only a Thanksgiving for 2 with me and my boyfriend, after which a Zoom catch-up with some buddies.

FaceTime with my mother and sister as we every make my mother’s pumpkin pie recipe “collectively.”

My brother and sister-in-law are internet hosting a small gathering for simply mother and father and siblings.
Kaillie, Dallas

Internet hosting my accomplice’s mother (who’s excessive threat) so she’s not alone on a vacation!
Betsy, Kansas

Cooking a pleasant steak dinner for hubs and I… no want (or need) to go all-out with conventional meals.

Simply me and hubs at residence, retaining our social bubble small.
Holly, Gettysburg, PA

I plan to remain residence with my accomplice and provides household and buddies telephone calls.
Noelle, Buffalo

Staying put and cooking turkey for the primary time!
Rachel, Milwaukee

Celebrating on a special date to keep away from pointless journey threat.
Mandy, San Francisco


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Hallmark films and takeout.
Ashley, California

My husband and I should not planning on touring in any respect. Dinners at residence!
Casey, Pennsylvania

A small gathering with my grandparents—with sufficient room to be collectively however distanced.

I’m getting a take a look at, then driving to my household in Nantucket.
Caroline, Washington, D.C.

Driving to my mother and father’ home after a 10-day isolation and testing.
Nameless, Austin

Flying residence to California for the primary time in over a yr. Masks and hand sanitizer on deck!
Sarah, Kansas Metropolis, MO

Outside dinner so we are able to keep distanced and protected.
Rachael, Texas

Headed to Texas to be with household from Thanksgiving to NYE. Will quarantine on each ends.
Nabila, NYC

I’m internet hosting a small Friendsgiving at my place for these of us who can’t go residence.
Amy, NYC

Potluck Friendsgiving in a park close by.
Lally, North Carolina

Zooming with our households and internet hosting two of our buddies who can also’t go residence.

I stay alone and much away from household, so I’m staying residence with my wine, apple pie, and my canine.

My husband and I might be celebrating the vacations simply the 2 of us. Going all-out although!

Simply my accomplice and me at our residence. Attempting new traditions—possibly fried rooster as an alternative of turkey!
Alexandria, Missouri

It’s the primary yr I’m not capable of go to residence in California for Thanksgiving. I’m tremendous unhappy about it, however am planning to make one of the best of it by FaceTiming and cooking all my household’s conventional dishes.
Majken, Boston

My boyfriend and I routinely see our mothers, so we’ll simply have a small dinner with them.

Staying residence! Zoom sport night time with the household.

Digital Friendsgiving! We’re all making a dish and delivering Tupperware particular person parts.

This might be my first Thanksgiving away. I’m going to run and watch films.
Cynthia, Seattle

We’re making particular person rooster pot pies and sitting outdoors round a campfire!

Having essentially the most un-Thanksgiving Thanksgiving, and couldn’t be extra excited.


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