Hot Topics     Home and Family     Family Fun    

Have fun this Thursday



Thanksgiving will be different, but that may be the best thing about it

Have fun this Thanksgiving


At first glance, the timing of Thanksgiving 2020 is not great. In fact, if you’re thinking about all the usual traditions, it’s pretty bad. Because, as we all know, the most common Thanksgiving activity is get-togethers with family and friends, which are now too risky. But leave it GoodHousekeeping and Café Mom to show us how we can possibly turn this new wave of lockdowns into fun opportunities for broadening our palette of possibility.

On a personal note, I can say that a couple households I know are actually looking forward to a more intimate turkey day, relieved to have a break from labor-intensive prep and cleanup, and a reprieve from a household full of people who may not necessarily get along. These households plan to relish quality time with kids, more time in nature rather than the mall, and enriching bonds with closest family or their pod.

READ MORE: Thanksgiving in a pandemic

They may be on to something. In the same way that Zoom is here to stay, there’s every reason to believe families may be re-thinking Thanksgiving post-Covid.  

Great time to change the menu

In Café Mom’s suggestions for making quarantine fun, a mom admits: “So, I don’t actually like Thanksgiving food. Can we talk about the fact that turkey is actually terrible? The only thing I like is pie, so we are doing only pie for our meal! I’m making a chicken potpie as the main and then everyone in the family gets to pick a dessert pie, so we’ll have six sweet pie options. I’m excited!”

Volunteer to help others

Another will be using her freed-up bandwidth to give back to LGBT youth: “I’m volunteering to package bags for an LGBT youth center this Thanksgiving, instead of spending the day with my Trump supporting in-laws.”

4 creative ideas from Café Mom

  • New helpers: Getting kids involved in cooking.

  • Hot dogs for Thanksgiving: going camping.

  • Honoring the roots: planting native grasses in honor of indigenous people.

  • Movie marathon: All the Harry Potter movies. All the Star Wars movies.

  • Letters of gratitude: Write down what and/or who you are thankful for.

Good Housekeeping’s 5 suggestions

  • A family walk or bike ride.

  • Host a virtual party.

  • Go on a scavenger hunt.

  • Make a Thanksgiving cocktail.

  • Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. (Yes, it’s on.)

However you choose to celebrate, all of us here at Hudson Valley Parent hope you have a safe, fun, and fulfilling holiday. It may even be one of the best ones yet.



Other articles by HVP News Reporters


  • Guilt-free, superfruit snacking

    Sweet treats made to permissibly indulge

    For many, enjoying a small indulgence can serve as a reward for a job well done or a mood-boosting pick-me-up. In fact, mindful snacking is on-trend for a majority of consumers. read more »
  • Getting healthier starts wth your feet

    Start your wellness goals from the ground up

    Good foot and ankle health is critical for good overall health, so no matter what your wellness goals are, be sure to start from the ground up. read more »
  • Dangerous heart conditions often go undetected in pregnant and postpartum women

    A torn ACL revealed an undiagnosed heart defect

    National Jewish Health experts advocate for screenings to detect heart conditions that may develop in otherwise healthy women read more »
  • Bald Eagle viewing in winter

    Watching them can offer an exhilarating and memorable experience

    Winter is a great time to view bald eagles in New York State. Viewing from a safe distance and at established observation sites can offer an exhilarating and memorable experience. read more »
  • Yes, you can raise healthy, smart, kind kids in a screen-saturated world

    "The Mediatrician" helps guide parents on Safer Internet Day

    Raising children in a screen-saturated world elicits fear, hope, and questions from parents, educators, and healthcare providers. The best thing to happen this year on “Safer Internet Day,” is the launch of “The Mediatrician's Guide”, developed to deliver those critical answers. read more »
  • Looking for a new career?

    Become a financial planner

    Becoming a financial planner offers both financial rewards and the chance to help others. Whether you’re a recent graduate exploring your career path or a mid-career professional seeking change, this growing profession may be the right fit for you. read more »
  • How to prep the night before the SAT or ACT exam

    Calm your nerves and enter the testing site with confidence

    Taking the SAT or ACT exam is the culmination of months of test-specific preparation, and in truth, years of schooling. While knowing that can feel like a lot of pressure, there are steps you can take the night before the exam to calm your nerves and enter the testing site with confidence: read more »
  • 7 Valentine's Day date ideas to break from the norm

    Think outside the box this year

    If you’re feeling pressure to plan the perfect Valentine’s Day date, it may be time to veer away from tradition. While flowers, chocolates and dinner for two is a classic, thinking outside the box can make for just as romantic of an experience. read more »
  • Helping infants, toddlers and families thrive

    The child tax credit is a critical policy vehicle

    A bipartisan package that recently passed in the U.S. House of Representatives, would expand the child tax credit (CTC). As the Senate decides whether to follow suit, advocates press that the CTC is a critical policy vehicle to help all infants, toddlers and their families thrive, and it should be implemented as soon as possible. read more »
  • What to look for when you need a law firm

    Savvy advice from Best Lawyers

    Let’s face it, no person or business gets a thrill out of hiring a law firm. Fortunately, peer-reviewed rankings have simplified the process. read more »