Thankful To Give Thanks
Thanksgiving 2020 will be a Thanksgiving holiday like no other.
But one tradition will continue to reign true for many families: the roundtable giving of thanks.
In many families, before the annual Thanksgiving dinner begins, there is a requirement for each friend and family member in attendance to speak up and share what they are thankful for on this special day.
The most common answers are, “I’m thankful for my family,” or, “I’m thankful for this meal that we are about to share together.”
And those are wonderful answers! The combination of family and delicious food has been an extravagant blessing since the beginning of time.
But 2020 is – as we all know – a different year.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many Thanksgiving celebrations across the globe will look different.
Some families that are used to spending the holiday together will not have the opportunity this year, mainly because it is not particularly safe to travel.
Some families will not have the chance to see each other because while they might be willing to fly, they cannot afford airfare at this point.
Some families will not have the opportunity to spend the holiday together because an older member of the family – such as grandma or grandpa – are at high-risk of contracting the dangerous disease.
And some families, unfortunately, may have lost a loved one in 2020 due to COVID-19.
Albeit a difficult pill to swallow, it is important that we all be safe during this time, and if we do have family members that might be high-risk, we must take caution around the holidays, even if that means not seeing your beloved grandmother or even your parents.
Still, there is a silver lining.
And if you, your parents, your grandparents, your friends, or anyone close to you have the opportunity to even give thanks on this day, that is a blessing, especially in a year as troubled as this one.
Here are a few things that we can be thankful for in the year 2020: