Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Let’s Have a Ricochet Thanksgiving Vow This Year

 

These are the new Thanksgiving Edicts from the CDC:

Thanksgiving is a time when many families travel long distances to celebrate together. Travel increases the chance of getting and spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others. If you must travel, be informed of the risks involved.

Lower risk activities
  • Having a small dinner with only people who live in your household
  • Preparing traditional family recipes for family and neighbors, especially those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, and delivering them in a way that doesn’t involve contact with others
  • Having a virtual dinner and sharing recipes with friends and family
  • Shopping online rather than in person on the day after Thanksgiving or the next Monday
  • Watching sports events, parades, and movies from home
Moderate risk activities
  • Having a small outdoor dinner with family and friends who live in your community
  • Visiting pumpkin patches or orchards where people use hand sanitizer before touching pumpkins or picking apples, wearing masks is encouraged or enforced, and people are able to maintain social distancing
  • Attending a small outdoor sports events with safety precautions in place
Higher risk activities

Avoid these higher risk activities to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19:

  • Going shopping in crowded stores just before, on, or after Thanksgiving
  • Participating or being a spectator at a crowded race
  • Attending crowded parades
  • Using alcohol or drugs, which can cloud judgement and increase risky behaviors
  • Attending large indoor gatherings with people from outside of your household.

And it’s the same story in California:

According to California’s Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly, residents should have all gatherings outside, either in their yards or nearby parks. The only time people should go inside is to use the restroom, which must be sanitized frequently.

The people at the gathering should be limited to no more than three households. Those who are considered high risk or elderly should stay home. Of course, mask-wearing and social distancing are a given and gatherings should conclude after approximately two hours. The argument is that the longer a person is in contact with others the greater the likelihood of contracting the Wuhan coronavirus.

The state also stressed the importance of Californians wearing masks if they plan to sing, chant or shout because “physical exertion significantly increases the risk of COVID-19 transmission because these activities increase the release of respiratory droplets and fine aerosols into the air.”

I would like to suggest that Ricochet Members take a Thanksgiving Vow this year, to Defy Tyranny.

We Ricochet Members vow to have the best Thanksgiving ever this year. We vow to have an enormous family dinner, with all the kids, grandkids, aunts, uncles, and cousins we can fit in the dining room. We further vow to celebrate the True Meaning of Thanksgiving, which is to Celebrate The Greatest Country on God’s Green Earth, the United States of America. We further vow to recognize that we are blessed to live in the United States of America, and to go out into the world as it exists, and happily do our very best to live our lives as we normally do, and not in fear.

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  1. JennaStocker Member

    Amen. My husband and I had my parents (both in their seventies), and both my brothers’ families, including their kids ages 3-9, over last Easter to our very, very small home. My parents insisted. We’ve celebrated every holiday together since. My parents insisted. Time together is precious. What’s the point of it all if we can’t be with the ones we love?

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    • October 21, 2020, at 12:28 AM PDT
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  2. JoelB Member

    If you must travel, be informed of the risks involved.

    They forgot to mention peaceful protests.

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    • October 21, 2020, at 2:27 AM PDT
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  3. Percival Thatcher
    PercivalJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    If I was in California, my physical exertions would be directed at getting out of California.

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    • October 21, 2020, at 2:38 AM PDT
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  4. Stina Member

    RushBabe49: Having a small dinner with only people who live in your household

    I’ve tried this.

    It’s the worst way to do Thanksgiving. My 2 adults and 3 kids under 13 don’t eat enough for the variety of a proper thanksgiving.

    Might as well stick to normal food fare.

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    • October 21, 2020, at 2:43 AM PDT
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  5. Blondie Thatcher

    We are having our usual Thanksgiving at my parents with my siblings and their families. We’ve all been together several times over the course of this mess. In fact, we’ve probably gotten together more than we have in several years. My sister-in-law’s family has, too. All of us live about an hour from each other and 3 of us are nurses (one works the COVID unit several times a week in her hospital). You gotta live. Not having the family over for Thanksgiving would kill my parents sooner than any virus. 

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    • October 21, 2020, at 4:02 AM PDT
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  6. EODmom Coolidge

    Welp – we are doing our part. We are flying to Las Vegas (I know) to have TG with brother #5 and his wife to help warm their new home (he’s giving working from home, tax planning and pollen avoidance new meaning) – along with brother #1 flying from from PA, brother #6 and his wife and daughter driving from CA, brother # 4 and his son also driving from CA AND only sister and her husband and son flying from OR. Flying is one of the few situations I’ll mask up (actually a cute bandana ) but #4, 5, 6 are my favorite in-laws and I miss them. And I see it as an opportunity to pitch to #6 to pick up sticks and move to NH. And we have a couple friends who are pilots and I’m afraid for their jobs. And it’s TG and they asked me to cook! 

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    • October 21, 2020, at 4:07 AM PDT
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  7. Stad Thatcher

    RushBabe49:

    Avoid these higher risk activities to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19:

    • Going shopping in crowded stores just before, on, or after Thanksgiving

    Which raises a question about Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping days of the year. It will be interesting to see what governments will decree that no stores be open the weekend after Thanksgiving . . .

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    • October 21, 2020, at 7:01 AM PDT
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  8. Gossamer Cat Coolidge

    I already have my plane tickets. Thanksgiving goes on as usual.

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    • October 21, 2020, at 8:45 AM PDT
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  9. Ray Kujawa Coolidge

    With our own current disowned status from my in-laws family, looks like no risk of big Thanksgiving dinner. 

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    • October 21, 2020, at 12:08 PM PDT
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  10. JustmeinAZ Member

    Ray Kujawa (View Comment):

    With our own current disowned status from my in-laws family, looks like no risk of big Thanksgiving dinner.

    I’d attempt a big dinner – I’ve got 2 sisters and 2 brothers – but the guys are on the east coast and the girls are brain dead lefties in northern CA. The latter two have declared that they will not fly until there is a vaccine available to everyone. So I’ll probably never see them again since I will decline any vaccine. Not a big loss.

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    • October 21, 2020, at 12:26 PM PDT
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  11. RushBabe49 Thatcher
    RushBabe49

    JustmeinAZ (View Comment):

    Ray Kujawa (View Comment):

    With our own current disowned status from my in-laws family, looks like no risk of big Thanksgiving dinner.

    I’d attempt a big dinner – I’ve got 2 sisters and 2 brothers – but the guys are on the east coast and the girls are brain dead lefties in northern CA. The latter two have declared that they will not fly until there is a vaccine available to everyone. So I’ll probably never see them again since I will decline any vaccine. Not a big loss.

    Why would you decline any vaccine?

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    • October 21, 2020, at 12:41 PM PDT
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  12. JustmeinAZ Member

    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    JustmeinAZ (View Comment):

    Ray Kujawa (View Comment):

    With our own current disowned status from my in-laws family, looks like no risk of big Thanksgiving dinner.

    I’d attempt a big dinner – I’ve got 2 sisters and 2 brothers – but the guys are on the east coast and the girls are brain dead lefties in northern CA. The latter two have declared that they will not fly until there is a vaccine available to everyone. So I’ll probably never see them again since I will decline any vaccine. Not a big loss.

    Why would you decline any vaccine?

    Don’t want to be a guinea pig. But, then, I don’t get a flu shot either. 

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    • October 21, 2020, at 12:47 PM PDT
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  13. Jon1979 Lincoln

    Because of it’s origins, shouldn’t the name of Thanksgiving be changed to Indigestion Peoples Day?

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    • October 21, 2020, at 1:54 PM PDT
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  14. Charlotte Member
    CharlotteJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    So wait, the US government is officially on record as strongly suggesting that its citizens and residents forgo alcohol at Thanksgiving?

    I don’t even drink and I find this shameful and outrageous. Who the hell do these bureaucrats think they are??

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    • October 21, 2020, at 1:56 PM PDT
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  15. Weeping Member

    JustmeinAZ (View Comment):

    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    JustmeinAZ (View Comment):

    Ray Kujawa (View Comment):

    With our own current disowned status from my in-laws family, looks like no risk of big Thanksgiving dinner.

    I’d attempt a big dinner – I’ve got 2 sisters and 2 brothers – but the guys are on the east coast and the girls are brain dead lefties in northern CA. The latter two have declared that they will not fly until there is a vaccine available to everyone. So I’ll probably never see them again since I will decline any vaccine. Not a big loss.

    Why would you decline any vaccine?

    Don’t want to be a guinea pig. But, then, I don’t get a flu shot either.

    I don’t get a flu shot either, and I doubt I’ll get a COVID vaccine either – at least not until it’s been available for awhile.

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    • October 21, 2020, at 2:32 PM PDT
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  16. RushBabe49 Thatcher
    RushBabe49

    The fewer people who get a vaccine when one is approved, the longer all the mask and distancing mandates will remain in effect. I am going to get whichever vaccine is approved, and once I have gotten it I will abandon all mask wearing everywhere. 

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    • October 21, 2020, at 3:22 PM PDT
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  17. RushBabe49 Thatcher
    RushBabe49

    Unfortunately, as Ray has indicated above, it will just be the two of us for Thanksgiving this year, same as last year. Unless there is a Ricochet member in the Seattle area who would otherwise be alone and would like to share prime rib and homemade mashed potatoes.. My sister has disowned me, so we now have no family with whom to spend holidays. Ray’s only family is a brother in Camden, NJ. We will eat well, and all the leftovers will be reserved for us.

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    • October 21, 2020, at 5:51 PM PDT
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  18. JustmeinAZ Member

    I’m trying to convince my best GF and her husband to come from California to spend some time with us. They’ve wanted to wait for temps to go below 90, ha, ha. Maybe by TG it will be cool enough for them. Have to give them a caveat though – we longer watch any sports. I don’t understand how they can tolerate CA – maybe because they are in Orange County by the beach.

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    • October 21, 2020, at 6:03 PM PDT
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  19. Manny Member

    I hope to have a normal Thanksgiving, but I only travel a half mile over to my mother’s house. ;) My sister and her daughters are the ones that usually travel in from afar. I hope they come in this Thanksgiving.

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    • October 21, 2020, at 8:13 PM PDT
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  20. Annefy Member

    We are planning on the usual large crowd. 2 x turkeys and 6 x stuffing.

    I have a feeling that we’ll have a few no shows. I have a niece in Portland and another in Santa Cruz – I have no idea their thoughts on the current state of affairs. But I think we’ll have at least 30.

    Thanksgiving is MY holiday and I wouldn’t give it up for anything. I’ve been posting all the rules and regulations on FB to much merriment. Hilarity always ensues when I note restrictions on singing and drinking.

    We break most of the rules on your average Tuesday, I am looking forward to breaking them all on Thanksgiving.

    Edited to add: anyone who is near, or wants to journey to, Monrovia CA is welcome to join us

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    • October 21, 2020, at 9:37 PM PDT
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  21. Randy Weivoda Moderator
    Randy WeivodaJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    Unfortunately, as Ray has indicated above, it will just be the two of us for Thanksgiving this year, same as last year. Unless there is a Ricochet member in the Seattle area who would otherwise be alone and would like to share prime rib and homemade mashed potatoes.. My sister has disowned me, so we now have no family with whom to spend holidays. Ray’s only family is a brother in Camden, NJ. We will eat well, and all the leftovers will be reserved for us.

    If you want to come to Minnesota, RushBabe, we’ll make room for you.

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    • October 22, 2020, at 2:53 AM PDT
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