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Best Ways to Enjoy an Unconventional Thanksgiving in 2020

It’s that time of year when we’re used to traveling headlong across the country to see our loved ones and share a meal together. Well, 2020 has been anything but typical! Those traditions and routines we’ve grown so accustomed to might be pushed aside this year, but you can still have a fantastic holiday!

Embrace the unconventional and find creative new ways to celebrate Thanksgiving in 2020! Overstreet Builders has plenty of ideas to get you started.

Host An Outdoor Meal

According to the CDC Thanksgiving Guidelines, the best idea for your meal this year is to eat outdoors. Make it a cozy occasion with a small group of friends and family right in your Overstreet backyard.

Create an elegant outdoor table spread, complete with all the trappings and ambiance of traditional Thanksgiving decor. Add to the warmth and ambience by placing a bright-burning fire pit in your backyard. Offer fleece blankets for staying warm and pillows to sit on, and remind everyone to bring coats and sweaters. Keep a big carafe of hot apple cider or hot chocolate available to keep everyone toasty throughout the night.

Schedule Virtual Family Visits

Even if we’re physically apart this year, we can still have meaningful family bonding time. Create new and lasting memories together through virtual family visits.

Set a place at the table for grandma and grandad with a laptop or Ipad and help them join in on the meal. It’s the next best thing to having them come over to your house! Share a pre-meal prayer and a gratitude-sharing time with all your loved ones who can’t be together in person.

Another important part of any family holiday are the games! There are all kinds of games that you can play virtually with the whole family over video calls. From Scattegories to Pictionary, there are fun virtual games for all ages! Check out these Virtual Games to Play with Family.

Give Back

The focus of Thanksgiving is often about indulging in delicious foods, but it’s also the perfect time to give back to your community.
Donate a Thanksgiving Meal through the Greater Chicago Food Depository. A COVID-safe meal box delivery can mean the world to a struggling family this year.

You can also put in a little extra effort to bring some joy to a neighbor in need. Share some of those delicious dishes you’re already preparing by making a double portion and delivering it to a friend or neighbor who might be spending the holiday alone. Here are some tips for keeping your Thanksgiving food donation COVID-friendly.

Create a Beautiful Spread

You may not be hosting a large gathering, but you can still have a beautiful one! Nothing makes it feel more like the holidays than pulling out decorations. Create a seasonal vibe of gourds, pinecones, scarlet, orange foliage and candles all around. If you need fresh ideas, and something to do together as a family, check out of these DIY Thanksgiving Decorations.

We hope you all have a lovely Thanksgiving holiday. Be sure to take photos of your festive spread and share them on our Overstreet Builders Facebook Page. If you’re looking for a new home to come home to for the holidays, we have wonderful communities ready to welcome your family!