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A different kind of Thanksgiving

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As the weather begins to change and the leaves begin their glorious colour transformation, we think about the next holiday where the gathering of loved ones, friends and family starts to take over our thoughts.  Thanksgiving in Canada has always been celebrated the second Monday of October and it’s often observed as a religious occasion when we can take time to give thanks for our blessings and observe those who are less fortunate.

However, as COVID-19 cases are at an incline in most parts of Canada, we must rethink Thanksgiving plans this year and opt for more unconventional ways of gathering with our loved ones.

Keep gatherings to a minimum

Great times are still possible in a small setting.  It’s a good time to consider a scaled-back version of an elaborate turkey spread, and opt for a dinner with immediate family instead.

Try making Thanksgiving an outdoor brunch instead

There is no better time to start new traditions than changing it up a little!  If the weather is still warm where you live, sit outdoors if you can. If the weather is uncooperative, then open windows throughout the home for better ventilation. Alter your serving style by plating everyone’s meal for them or by serving things that are more individual.  Use toothpicks for hors d'oeuvres or add a personal touch and label the napkins wrapped with the guest’s utensils with their names.

Host a “zoom-giving”

As the travel restrictions continue, an online stream meeting is the way to go!  Set up a large TV or even a projector to get a great surround-sound effect!  Open a bottle of wine and enjoy speaking to multiple people while enjoying the comforts of your own home.

So, let’s make Thanksgiving 2020 a year for reflection rather than about overindulging on a  big bird. Let’s take time to truly be grateful for the simple things we often take for granted, such as our health.