If last holiday season taught us anything, it’s that we can’t take traditions for granted. Many — at least 2/3 — of families celebrated Thanksgiving 2020 differently from their usual plans. Overall, gatherings were smaller, and some of the connections were made online rather than in person. Family members learned to make the dishes that would usually be brought by others, or did without. And there were a lot of emotions swirling around the holiday, too; families who had experienced great loss dealt with grief and loneliness, while others may have felt a renewed sense of gratitude and meaning.
This Thanksgiving, we can look forward to a “new normal” of sorts. While things may not have gone entirely back to the way they were before COVID became a household name, two-thirds of Americans are hoping for a more typical holiday than last year. Still, a recent survey by Jennie-O Turkey suggests that some 2020 practices might be here to stay for at least one more Thanksgiving. Here’s what’s on the list for this year:
Whether you’re gathering in person with a big group of friends and family, or staying close to home and reaching out virtually, we wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with food, fun, and conversation about things that matter. Be sure to check out our Thanksgiving landing page for our full collection of ideas for the “mother of all family dinners!”
Whether as a unique holiday side dish, meatless family dinner or substantial Thanksgiving option for vegetarian guests, this risotto from GoodCook is a versatile one-pot wonder!
The Gratefulness Grab Bag is a sweet way to share what you’re thankful for!
Help the conversation flow with these printable cut-apart questions — perfect for making conversation jars you can add to your holiday table.