Cyber Celebrations: Stay Safe by Hosting a Virtual Thanksgiving

Just because you might not be able to share a table with friends and family this year, doesn’t mean you can’t share in the holiday together. Things make look different this holiday season, but let us see that as an opening for new and creative traditions to bloom. Read on for more ideas from the CDC for how to make your Cyber Celebrations most meaningful.  As I was recently reminded “Gratitude turns what we have into enough”.

Traditional Thanksgiving gatherings with family and friends are fun but can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu. Follow these tips to make your Thanksgiving holiday safer. Remember, the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is to celebrate with people in your household.

Host a virtual Thanksgiving meal with friends and family who don’t live with you
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  • Schedule a time to share a meal together virtually.
  • Have people share recipes and show their turkey, dressing, or other dishes they prepared.

Watch television and play games with people in your household

  • Watch Thanksgiving Day parades, sports, and movies at home.
  • Find a fun game to play.


  • Shop online sales the day after Thanksgiving and days leading up to the winter holidays.
  • Use contactless services for purchased items, like curbside pick-up.
  • Shop in open air markets staying 6 feet away from others.

Other Activities

  • Safely prepare traditional dishes and deliver them to family and neighbors in a way that does not involve contact with others (for example, leave them on the porch).
  • Participate in a gratitude activity, like writing down things you are grateful for and sharing with your friends and family.

Everyone Can Make Thanksgiving Safer
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Wear A Mask

  • Wear a mask with two or more layers to stop the spread of COVID-19.
  • Wear the mask over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin.
  • Make sure the mask fits snugly against the sides of your face.

Stay at least 6 feet away from others who do not live with you

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Wash Hands

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Keep hand sanitizer with you and use it when you are unable to wash your hands.
  • Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.