Thanksgiving 2020

Hope Kenny

 

With everything going on in the world right now, it has been very difficult to get everyone together for Thanksgiving. It has been very common for families to all come together and spend time with each other on this day. The pandemic, of course, has seemed to make this very hard and people have had to change many of their normal traditions/ routines this year. I asked student Isabella Garofalo a few questions about her thanksgiving, and also a resident of Georgetown to see how things have been different from previous years. 

 

“What were the main elements of Thanksgiving that were different for you this year than previous years?” I asked.

 

“I usually go to my extended family’s house for thanksgiving but this year it was just me and my mom. I also worked which normally I wouldn’t do because I have plans but there was nothing else for me to do so I thought why not?” She explained.

 

“How was it more challenging/easier than past years?”

 

“I think it was definitely easier because it wasn’t a whole day event that I had to get ready for, I just worked, ate dinner with my mom, and hung out with a few friends. It was what I would do on a normal day.”

 

“Do you think this is ultimately the better decision to not see family/friends?”

 

“I think it’s better to not see family because you don’t know where everyone has been so in order to keep them and others safe it’s just best not to see them. I just want everyone to stay healthy.” 

 

“What is an alternative way you could see friends/family for thanksgiving without possibly spreading the virus?” 

 

“Over the summer me and my friends would have our cars all in a circle 6 feet apart and that was fun to see everyone but still be able to maintain a safe enough distance away. I think that would be very fun with everyone’s family and friends.”

 

That same day, I interviewed a resident from Georgetown, Laurie Kenny, to see her experience this year as well 

 

“What were the main elements of Thanksgiving that were different for you this year than previous years?” I asked.

 

“I couldn’t sit and spend a good amount of time with my family, and I didnt know if it was okay to hug them. The conversation was all about covid, and everyone was on their own page about their perspective on it. I also wasn’t able to see my New Jersey family which was sad,” she said. 

 

“How was it more challenging/easier than past years?”

 

“It was easier because there was no pressure on a big thanksgiving meal, and you knew you were just going to stay home and make a small meal for a small amount of people.”

 

“Do you think this is ultimately the better decision to not see family/friends?”

 

“I understand that we should be staying home to keep everyone safe, but I feel like the mental and social aspects of not being normal and seeing the people you always do around this time makes it a toss up. Ultimately though, I think it’s the right thing to do because I just want everyone to be healthy.”

 

“What is an alternative way you could see friends/family for thanksgiving without possibly spreading the virus?” 

 

“Zoom is always a good option, eating outside if the weathers good, or with the appropriate amount of people staying 6 feet apart and wearing a mask, etc..”

 

Looking at these 2 articles from different perspectives, I think it’s clear that thanksgiving has been different for so many people and I think we’ve all celebrated in a similar way. Kept our gatherings smaller and talked to our close ones in alternative ways. This holiday season remember to stay safe and stay healthy!