How to Celebrate Thanksgiving During a Pandemic According to the CDC
This Thanksgiving could become one of the most memorable in your lifetime.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has just published their helpful guidelines to make sure your Thanksgiving is safe and as perfect as the Waltons. To some of you with large families who actually enjoy each other's company, the CDC's guidelines might be depressing. The first one reads,
"Travel increases the chance of getting and spreading the virus. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others."
Do you see the advantage to the CDC's first guideline, staying home? Now you don't need to be subjected to Uncle Frank who always smells like cigarette smoke, cheap bourbon, and desperation. If you're cutting down on the Thanksgiving guest list, this gives you the opportunity to cross off your creepy cousin Charlie, who's always ogling your wife's butt. You get the idea. Here's guideline 2:
"Preparing traditional family recipes for family neighbors, especially at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, and delivering them in a way that doesn't involve contact with others."
I'm all in on this suggestion from the CDC. Not only are you delivering your legendary Green Bean Casserole and Fried Mashed Potato Balls to Aunt Harriet and Uncle Crusty in Pawcatuck, but this CDC guideline gives you and the Mrs. a chance to take a leisurely two hour drive from Danbury across the state. The CDC says, "do not do this!'
Once you've completed your good deed by dropping off the casserole and balls, you've realized that because of the two-hour return trip back to Danbury, there's no way in hell you can get home in time to whip up a Thanksgiving dinner that can't be beat.
If you're still in the mood for some Thanksgiving turkey and all the fixings, you might as well set your WAZE app for the Athenian II Diner in Middletown or Milford. They're open 24-hours a day, seven days a week and the Roast Turkey dinner is only $16.99, booze not included.
For serious advice from the CDC on how to play it safe for the upcoming holidays in 2020, click on cdc.gov.