A different Kind of Thanksgiving

Is it just me, or do these holidays fly by?! It was just Thanksgiving and here we are, approaching Christmas! Let’s take a second to reflect on this past turkey season. When we think of Thanksgiving, the first thing that comes to mind is a big family dinner and plenty of food. But what did Thanksgiving look like in 2020? Some families communicated through zoom calls, some had an immediate family dinner, and some continued Thanksgiving as usual. All of which are okay!

I know for my family, we had an immediate family feast along with great laughs. Usually it would be more aunts, uncles, and cousins; but this time around it was only my mother, brothers, and grandparents. For basketball star Jalen Suber, his normal Thanksgiving would consist of a big dinner on his dad’s side of the family. Due to the spike in Covid cases, he “ate with immediate family on (his) dad’s side of the family.” When asked about the things he missed from previous Thanksgivings, he responded with “all the different desserts,” I think we all can agree on that! Although this Thanksgiving was different, not all was lost. One thing Jalen enjoyed this Thanksgiving was his family kickball game, and he said he wouldn’t have done anything differently if he had the chance. 

Much like many families, chemistry teacher, Mrs. Broklawski had a completely different Thanksgiving. Normally she would “travel to NY and have a large dinner with extended family and friends,” but this season she “stayed home and had a smaller dinner” along with a zoom call with family. What a difference! Now that’s what you call a Thanksgiving flip. One thing she did miss was seeing family. When there’s a complete flip, some things are difficult while others release some weight. In this case, Mrs. Broklawski enjoyed “not having to sit in massive amounts of traffic” and “actually getting a break and feeling rested.” How amazing! We can always find some light in difficult times. If she had a redo at Thanksgiving, Broklawski states “if there wasn’t a pandemic definitely wish we could have had our traditional dinner with family.” 

I hope everyone enjoys their holiday season! Although change is sometimes difficult, we can always find a way to adapt and enjoy.