Fran Keller, 52, an entomologist in Davis, California, will also be examined. She’s going to hold the first Thanksgiving she can remember – she often goes to her oldest sister’s house, also in Davis, but this year the crowd feels too crowded to be comfortable with some family family is at high risk. In Mrs. Keller’s dinner there will be her son (who lives with her), her daughter and the daughter’s family, although they will sit at separate tables because her daughter has asthma. (Miss Keller is jokingly calling the second table “Covid table”; instead of a children’s table.)
“I will hug my daughter, but only if she is okay with her,” said Mrs. Keller.
For many, instead of celebrating with loved ones, this year will be for a chosen family, whether it’s with a group or with friends – and sometimes both. Podsgiving (or Friendsgiving) still maintains the spirit of the holiday, with your favorite dishes and feeling of belonging.
Instead of returning home to Templeton, Iowa (population: around 300 people), Chezney Schulz, 28, a hair colorist who lives in Manhattan’s East Village, is hosting a Podsgiving ceremony on the rooftop of his apartment. she gave dozens of friends she went out with during the pandemic. (Three of them are her roommates.)
The plan was to buy a cooked turkey (“my oven is too small to fit a turkey,” she said) and make a traditional salad – for her holidays -. These include an Oreo salad made with mashed crackers, Cool Whip and instant vanilla pudding and an apple Snickers salad (apple, Snickers bar, Cool Whip, caramel, vanilla pudding). There will be a space heater and an ornament – possibly an ornament – from one of her cunning roommates.
Ms. Schulz, who describes herself as “a man of destiny”, said she was pleased with her vacation plans.
“I feel like it is because of Covid that our group of friends have become very close and I am truly surrounded by people that I really care about,” she said.
Matt Jennings, 44, of Charlotte, Vt., Is also organizing his cabin instead of about 25 family members as usual. Thanksgiving is the “top holiday” for the Jennings family (“we are not big gift givers,” he said), but everyone in the Boston area is in the red area.