Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks and spend quality time with family over fun and good food. This year, our Thanksgivings may look a little different. With the COVID-19 pandemic still affecting how we gather, the highly celebrated holiday may be the first smaller celebration we’ve experienced in a while. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time. If you’re looking for a way to stay safe this Thanksgiving and downscale the holiday, here are a few tips to try.
Celebrating Thanksgiving Safely
- Take care when cooking. Never leave the oven unattended.
- Set a timer on your phone as a reminder to check the cooking process.
- Keep your children and pets away from the cooking area. Remove toys that are left in the kitchen before starting the meal prep.
- Avoid wearing loose clothing and long sleeves while cooking.
- Remove flammable objects around the stove such as wooden utensils, towels, and oven mitts.
- Place scented candles away from pets and children.
- Limit alcohol flow if one family member has appeared to have had more than their fair share.
- Don’t allow anyone to drive under the influence of alcohol.
Downsizing Your Thanksgiving Meal
- Scale your recipes. If you are going to be cooking for fewer people this year, spend some time cutting down the recipe sizes so that you cook the appropriate amounts.
- Have a set menu with just five items. Choose a classic main dish, two of your favorite sides, and two delicious desserts. This helps to trim down your menu and avoid splashing out on wasted leftovers.
- Host a potluck. Ask your friends and family to get involved so that the cooking isn’t left to one person.
- Use the holiday season to support small and local businesses by purchasing their festive dinner option. Many businesses will be working overtime throughout the season to get their restaurant back up and running, and you can help support them while eliminating the stress of cooking for the family.
- Rethink your bird. With fewer people around the table, you may choose a different centerpiece. Instead, opt for a nut roast that will please everyone around your table.
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