Creator: Patrick McDermott | Credit: Getty Images Copyright: 2018 Getty Images NFL Thanksgiving

What Will Thanksgiving Look Like This Year?

Over the last two weeks, most of us have been asked “What is your Thanksgiving going to look like this year?” and most (hopefully) have answered with some sort of version of “Just immediate family this year, nothing too big and no extended family”. This is usually answered with a knowing nod and commiserative comment along the lines of “same”.

Creator: Patrick McDermott | Credit: Getty Images Copyright: 2018 Getty Images NFL Thanksgiving
LANDOVER, MD – OCTOBER 21: Defensive end Demarcus Lawrence #90 of the Dallas Cowboys reacts after a play in the fourth quarter against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on October 21, 2018 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

The Sacrifices We Will Make

For a lot of us, we do not have the option to see even our parents/children this coming Thursday. Whether this is due to the fear of getting our more vulnerable loved ones sick, not being able to quarantine for two weeks, or travel being completely restricted. As we finish out our 8th month of quarantine efforts across the country, we need to stay connected to each other over our first major, family-centric holiday, but we will have to get creative. One way we can achieve this feeling is to virtually watch a football game together.


Bonding Through NFL Football

It will not feel the same this year if we are not able to sit next to our favorite family member and yell at the 24 helmets running up and down the field, but, the opportunity is still there to connect, by trying the following communication work-arounds.

Keep The Group Chat Live

              We wish we could elbow our relatives and give a quick stat on the players coming on to the field. Instead, we can text one another our thoughts or opinions about them. Live texting can be fun and exciting when we must make do with the option. If a group of people are included in the text thread, the option to receive multiple opinions is still there! It is not the same as yelling over each other in the living room, but it’s close.


FaceTime/Virtually Chat While Watching the Games

              If the texting suggestion seems fun, but the idea of missing out on facial expressions is too much to bear, send a virtual chat request! This one can be tricky if one household has a faster internet connection and the sound is off by a second or two on one end, but, with DVR or pause/rewind functions, the broadcasts on both ends can usually be synced up.

For most of us, this will be a somber Thanksgiving. We will not be thrilled to wake up on Thursday and cook for ourselves, without sharing recipes, time, hugs, opinions, etc. with one another. However, we can get creative and try to squeeze every opportunity we can out of our situations and sports have a way of bringing people together, and this holiday we will need Football now, more than ever.

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