Are you as ZOOMed out as I am? Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Will it be possible to celebrate with our families in person and still be safe? Although latest CT guidelines allow for indoor private parties up to 25 and outdoor parties of 150 at commercial places and residences, it is recommended that social distancing still be maintained and masks worn when appropriate.
That can make for an interesting table configuration. Of course, this year’s guest lists will be shorter and may not include relatives from the 35 states with an enforced 14-day quarantine. Do you want to bring back your college sophomore from UF or University of Miami?
Some of us may be uncomfortable with even inviting the usual family and friend crowd, unless they too have been quarantining and self-isolating, especially when so many of us fall into various risk categories, over 50 and or have underlying health issues. Just this week, even Dr. Fauci has decided to forgo the family celebrations with his three daughters and have a quiet holiday alone with his wife.
Who says Thanksgiving during this very strange year of COVID-19 must be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November when the chill of winter is settling in and the outdoor furniture has already been covered or stored for the winter? Thanksgiving is about being together with family and friends, cooking turkey, sharing traditional dishes, creating new family traditions and expressing thanks. Celebrate Thanksgiving as soon as you can, recommends Anita Peters, Mark This Day With Love owner. And, preferably outdoors.
Humanist Celebrant Anita Peters and owner of Mark This Day With Love based in Wilton, invited her family and close friends to a garden party on Sunday, October 11 to celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving, which is our Indigenous People’s Day aka Columbus Day.
Guests were seated outdoors with their pod members or individually, 8 feet apart, and with their own tray tables. “If we run into a cold spell on that weekend, I will ask my guests to bring their own blankets and imagine themselves on the deck of a cruise ship. There may also be outdoor heaters,” she added.
“Finding a turkey so early was a bit of challenge,” she admitted. “I finally secured one through a local butcher with ties to a Connecticut turkey farm.” And if it rains? “Everyone will get take-out.”
The rain from hurricane Delta held off and the temperature was a comfortable 68 degrees at midday. She made the usual fare: yams, mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, and a family favorite, crabmeat pudding. Why crabmeat? Why not? Like many of us, her Thanksgiving includes a personal reflection or recitation of a favorite poem by everyone present.
This year she is thinking of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s words, “Give thanks for each new morning with its light. For rest and shelter of the night. For health and food. For love and friends. For everything their goodness sends.” See the set-up here.
Are you wondering how you will celebrate Thanksgiving 2020? Anita Peters is a Humanist Celebrant. Mark This Day With Love collaborates with individuals and families who are looking to create lasting memories with meaningful secular rituals, new traditions, bespoke celebrations for special days, like Thanksgiving. Mark This Day With Love also creates personal and personalized ceremonies and celebrations for all of life’s milestones.
Next week Anita will describe how Humanist weddings have adapted during COVID-19.