Thanksgiving will be different this year, and that’s ok. While we may not be able to get together with all of our friends and family the way that we usually do, Thanksgiving can still be celebrated. Just because it is different doesn’t mean that it’s bad or won’t be fun and meaningful. I think it’s all in the way that you look at it.
Every year for Thanksgiving, we go out of town and celebrate with my husband’s side of the family in Oklahoma. It’s really the one time of year that we get to see everybody in his family. But this year, we have all decided that we will stay home and not take the risk.
Instead of feeling disappointed that we won’t be celebrating the way that we usually do, I am re-framing my thinking about the holiday.
- We get to be home this year and have a slower paced day instead of racing out the door trying to make it to Oklahoma on time for lunch. We are notoriously late.
- I get to do the cooking. It’s been years since I have cooked a Thanksgiving meal at home for my family. I hope I remember how!
- We get to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. I always watched the parade growing up, but since we started traveling for the holiday, I never get to watch it.
- My husband is smoking a turkey. We’ve never done that before, but it should be fantastic!
- When the day is over, we are already at home instead of a 2.5 hour drive ahead of us.
- LEFTOVERS!!!! Every year, we never have any leftovers at our house from Thanksgiving day. But we will this year!
So instead of lamenting that you don’t get to have your usual Thanksgiving this year, focus on the positives. What’s going to be good about the holiday? Write it down if you need to so that you can go back to it if you start feeling down. Make some plans for what you can make special about the day. Call your friends, facetime your family and make those connections.
We have so much to be thankful for despite our current circumstances. Remember, different doesn’t mean bad. It just means different. Let’s make the best of it.