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This Year, Celebrate Thanksgiving Anyway

Here’s how to set your table and host a celebration of gratitude… it will make you so much happier


With only a day away, Thanksgiving this year will be unlike all the other ones that came before it.  Oh, 2020!  Still, at Metro.Style, no happy event is cancelled.  If you are taking part in the turkey festivities, consider it your dry run for the upcoming Christmas holidays, the latter being the main event observed by Filipino tradition.


While we may not necessarily identify with the history of Thanksgiving, we open our hearts to a day just to express our thankfulness.  After all, Harvard Medical School research  states how showing gratitude can make one happier, “In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships,” a Harvard Health Publishing article says.












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If only for this, don’t write off Thanksgiving 2020.  There are many ways to celebrate it, while observing the health protocols called for by these times.


Physical gatherings are highly discouraged, but if you do gather, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) offers these simple ways to still celebrate, but err on the safe side of keeping everyone’s health in check:


1. Wear a mask.

2. If there are other guests who do not live with you, stay at least 6 feet away from them.

3. Wash your hands. 

4. Consider bringing your own food, drinks and utensils to the gathering.

5. If you are the host, it’s best to give single servings, foregoing the traditional family style meal.  Plate each serving directly to avoid contamination of the food.

6. Clean and disinfect areas of your home guests will use frequently, during the event.

7. Consider alternative ways of sharing the Thanksgiving feast.  Send each guest their food packages, and host a virtual party.


Whether or not your are hosting the traditional Thanksgiving spread or celebrating via Zoom or FaceTime, here are 12 table setting ideas for inspiration. If anything, going all out on your Thansgiving tablescape makes for a lovely Zoom set as you (virtually) toast with family and friends this year.


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