Tips for Spending Thanksgiving Away from Your Family

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Mail a Care Package, Eat Something Delicious, and More!

To protect at-risk loved ones from catching COVID-19, many American families are opting to continue socially distancing over Thanksgiving, instead of enjoying the traditional family meal and the togetherness that goes with it. 

For close-knit families who have never missed a single holiday together, it might be hard to stay apart for Thanksgiving, especially because the year was so difficult for many. Finding the little things to be thankful for seems easier when you’re around people you love. So what can you do this year, if you find yourself spending Thanksgiving away from your family? Here are a few ideas.

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Make Your Own Special Meal

If you find yourself separate from your extended family for Thanksgiving, then you’ll have to take action to make it a memorable holiday for you. Start by preparing a delicious meal for yourself and your household. Of course, it doesn’t have to be a turkey with stuffing and cranberry sauce; it can be anything, and you can start your own new tradition. May we suggest homemade California rolls as something creative to try for an appetizer, followed by surf and turf or vegetarian ratatouille, with a typically fall dessert to end the meal?

Send Your Love in a Creative Way

Greeting cards get boring after a while, especially if you’re the one purchasing them. And the fact that their price tags are getting bigger and bigger has us cringing the second we step foot in the card aisle at the store. Send something much more worthwhile, like a care package from The Care Crate Co. We personally love our Personal Care Kit because it not only gives your recipient loads of delicious snacks, but it literally shows them that you care about them, thanks to all the personal care items inside, including a mask, tissues, and first-aid kit. We also highly recommend our new relaxation gift sets!

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Get Together Virtually

By now, most people in your family are probably experts in teleconferencing. Set up a group call with all your family, and enjoy conversation and seeing people face-to-face. Get creative and find a game you can all play as a group. Pictionary, charades, Yahtzee, and online group games are all easy to do over a video conference.

Do Something Good for Someone Else

In lieu of buying a big dinner or shopping on Black Friday, donate some of the money you would have spent to a worthy cause. Buy a coffee for the car behind you in the drive-thru at Starbucks. Donate your old bed linens and towels to dogs at an animal shelter. Finding ways that you can help others can make you feel good about the year you’re having, too.

Watch Reruns of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parades, All Day Long

The Internet is really a magical place, where you can find anything you’d ever want to watch, at almost any time. Do some sleuthing and find where they keep all the past videos of the Macy’s parade through New York City. Curl up on your sofa with a hot cocoa or delicious coffee drink, and enjoy the sights and sounds of years’ past.

Mail Thoughtful Letters to Your Family Members

Even if you can’t be together in person, we bet you have lots of things to talk about. Write it down in a heartfelt letter, and drop it in the mailbox the week before Thanksgiving, so it will get there on time. Your family member or friend will love having a piece of your heart, in your own handwriting, telling them how thankful you are for them being in your life.

Do You Have Any Better Ideas?

Our care package fans are awesome people, so we’re betting you can come up with some great ideas for spending Thanksgiving apart, but still making the most of it. Show us what you did to celebrate, by tagging us on Instagram @thecarecrateco