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Coronavirus Thanksgiving: Are you coming to grips with another nothing-traditional-about-it holiday?


So much for Thanksgiving traditions.

What had been well-planned family gatherings for 30 or 40, with extra tables and folding chairs spilling into the living room, are now simple dinners for two or three — or in too many cases, “just me.”

As Ezequiel Jaime of San Jose puts it: “Who wants to be responsible for having mom die?”

Surging coronavirus cases across the Bay Area and the country have upended plans and broken hearts and left us yearning for Nana’s homemade sausage stuffing and cringey uncle jokes.

My own family Thanksgiving fell apart when my 21-year-old son, away at college, tested positive for COVID-19. Although he would be released from quarantine by Tuesday, word raced through the family tree and my Thanksgiving quickly went from 17 to 4.

I get it. I do. My own mom is 89. Don’t risk it.

But it hurts!

After eight months of pandemic pandemonium — lost jobs, lost loved ones, lost simple, joyful routines of life — Californians who may have been in denial (like I was!) are coming to terms with the inevitable: We’re losing Thanksgiving, too.

If anyone is still uncertain, check out the latest CDC guidelines: postpone travel, they say, and stay home. AAA predicts airline travel will plummet to half of last year — the largest single-year decline on record.

Sam Hinthron carries his cat, Giro, in a backpack while looking to board a commuter train to Boston, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, in Providence, R.I. With the coronavirus surging out of control, the nation’s top public health agency pleaded with Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving and not to spend the holiday with people from outside their household. (AP Photo/David Goldman) 

Adriana Pinto and her husband, Jairo Cardozo, told their two children and their partners, all in their 20s, not to come home from Chico and Stanford University next week. For the Fremont couple, that means no turkey this year.

“It’s just too big an animal for two people,” Cardozo, 53, said.

In past years, they’ve traveled to Seattle to be with family, and for Christmas, too. But ever since Pinto’s father in Colombia was hospitalized with the virus, and thankfully recovered, they’ve been extra cautious.

“We canceled everything,” she said. “It’s the responsible thing to stay home.”

Jennie Le’s Thanksgiving can be summed up inside the box she was returning to Costco in Santa Clara last week — a Circulon Turkey Roasting Pan. She bought that when she was planning on carving a big bird for 32 relatives. This year, she will serve just six.

“I just really want this COVID to stop,” she said.

Don’t we all! But if you’re looking for an excuse to take a break from social-distancing, you won’t find one from Dr. Cecil Bradley, the head of psychiatry at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Gatos.

“Americans aren’t used to being self-disciplined enough,” Bradley said. “We need to be like the British were during The Blitz in World War II and do what was necessary. … Put gatherings off until next year.”

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

      

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