Doctors And Etiquette Experts On How To Handle Thanksgiving 2021 Celebrations
“May I ask, have you been vaccinated?”
Typically, Thanksgiving in my house is chaotic. I mean that in the most loving, huge-Italian-family-gathering, food-covering-every-square-inch-of-counter-space, a-million-half-full-open-wine-bottles kind of way. It usually boasts 30 to 40 people and as many side dishes to match. I love every second of it!
But my 2020 Thanksgiving was pared way down to probably about five percent of that. It was still lovely and delicious, but not nearly as big and boisterous.
With the advent of the COVID-19 vaccines, this year’s celebrations could be closer to normal, but likely won’t be the great reunion the country hoped they would be. “I would say we’re at a really different juncture now than we were a year ago,” said Dr. Pia MacDonald, Senior Director of Applied Public Health Research at the Research Triangle Institute. “But we’re at a pretty complicated juncture, so it’s well worth families and groups thinking very carefully through [how to handle the holiday].”