How to Enjoy a Small Thanksgiving Dinner at Home

 Hi again everyone! Today is going to be a double post because I’ve been so busy and hadn’t gotten a chance to post on my usual days. I know I mentioned a Day in the Life post and that will be coming this week too. Thanks for being patient! I hope everyone has a great rest of their day or night! 

There should be no surprise that Thanksgiving is going to be a little different this year. Covid-19 has made an unimaginable amount of changes for almost all of us in the world. It is highly recommended that you celebrate virtually or with the people you live with. For as long as I could remember, I’ve never missed a Thanksgiving with my entire family. It’ll be weird being away from my mom especially but this is how it has to be. We have to continue to put our safety first for ourselves, our elders, and our children.

However, this will be the first Thanksgiving I’ll be spending alone with my 2 boys which means it’ll still be perfect. We look forward to creating new traditions for our family that one day Isaiah can be excited for. Here are just some things to think about when feeling a bit down about downsizing for Thanksgiving.

Plan ahead of time.

Start by figuring out what it is you’re going to do. How do you want to spend your Turkey Day? It’s a lot easier than waiting till the last minute. For me, I decided to host our very own Thanksgiving dinner just like it would be at our old homes. My boyfriend and I came together and talked about the dishes we loved and which ones would make our dinner feel extra comforting. I wrote it all down on a list (of course) to make food shopping easier. I also plan to prepare some of my dishes and desserts the night before so I can enjoy the day as much as possible.

Downsize.

Since it’s a small thanksgiving, no need to cook for your aunts and cousins too. This will save you some money and some stress. For me, I decided on a small roasted chicken instead of an enormous butterball turkey. I can also buy lots of other things in smaller quantities which is great. The best thing about cooking for so little people is that there are bound to be leftovers!

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Uno anyone?

Let the games begin. There is no better way to spice up a dinner party than by adding games. There are so many different kinds to choose from ranging from games for kids to adults. Right at this moment we only have Uno but we really know how to work it. There are also fun games you can play with the apps on your phone or just basic playing cards. If games aren’t your speed then hop on the couch and binge-watch your favorite show like your life depended on it.

Be excited!

Lastly and most importantly just try your best to enjoy yourself. I believe that your energy plays a big part in how the rest of your day will end up. If you go in with no hope and thoughts of a horrible day then that’s most likely what you’ll end up with. Get excited for this day in any safe way that you can. I know the holiday season can be hard. It was around this time 3 years ago that I was admitted into the psych ward and went through one of the hardest times of my life. I want you guys to remember that you’re not alone. Someone is always willing to listen (cough* me cough*).

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I hope I was able to get you a little bit more in the Thanksgiving spirit. We can do this everyone! How will you be spending your Thanksgiving?


As always, thanks so much for reading! Questions, comments, and feedback are always welcome. If you enjoyed this post, please comment, like and share! Make sure to check out my Instagram; @tianiangela_ and my latest video on YouTube💋

tiani

14 thoughts on “How to Enjoy a Small Thanksgiving Dinner at Home

  1. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I’ll be spending it with my boyfriend’s family & siblings. My family is canceling usual plans and just keeping it low key. I personally love staying in my pajamas and watching the parade 🙂

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  2. I don’t really celebrate Thanksgiving but it’s so awesome you mentioned Uno because I always play Uno or other cards games with family/friends during holidays. It’s like a fun and random tradition we had back home and I still ended up doing it in Canada too!
    I think a lot of people have been forced to have a smaller Thanksgiving this year but I think it can still be super fun if you stay positive and try to have a good day.

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