In Canada, COVID-19 was not about to ruin Thanksgiving. New traditions are developing that ensure the continuation of the best way to be grateful
Family dinners may be downsizing, but they are still viable. At least a few loved ones gathered for the Thanksgiving table. The rest joined in virtually.
This works best for Dr. Theresa Tam, who said the best way for Canadians to show their gratitude this holiday was to stay away from a crowd.
“What is usually a special tradition for many Canadians serves as a hard reminder of how much we are sacrificing to protect ourselves, those we love and our communities.”
Dr. Tam adds that as difficult as it may be, we need to continue on the right path and recommit, for ourselves and our loved ones, to follow the public health practices.
People are optimistic in spite of some serious local flareups. Nevertheless, Ontario Premier Doug Ford urges people to stick to their immediate households. It is not surprising that harsh restrictions are still in force in Toronto, Ottawa and Peel Region.
Susan Torrie of Ottawa made the bittersweet decision to scrap an outdoor get-together in favor of what she called a “Zoomsgiving.” Each household donned an autumnal-themed outfits and plush-turkey hats. They shares a meal and played virtual board games.
“It wasn’t quite the same, but it was the very best we could do.
I think in its own way, it’s gonna be a really good memory.”
Madelaine Wight in Winnipeg said Zoom could become a new fixture of future festivities. She would usually sit at her grandmother’s table chowing down on her famed turkey. But because she can’t safely see her grandparents, the 27-year-old cooked her first bird to mark the start of a “new tradition” with her children and her father.
Leanne Shaw had to shift the focus away from the familial obligation while still reconnecting with the spirit of giving. All she could afford for her Thanksgiving dinner was a turkey, so she posted in a Toronto “caremongering” group. In a matter of hours, do-gooders had dropped off a full spread of supplies and side dishes to fill everyone’s plates.
Amanda Northrup moved to Winnipeg early this year. She wanted to travel to New Brunswick but it is upholding strict travel rules. She spent the holiday alone.
“I’m hungry, I’m lonely, and I’m sad. I’m thankful to still be here.
Even if I’m lonely, I’m very thankful I have a roof over my head.”