This year’s Thanksgiving break spanned a total of one week, giving students the opportunity to relax and spend time doing something that usually cannot be done while attending school. Ranging from self-care days to outdoor activities, there were other pastimes to look forward to other than Thanksgiving itself. Although the short vacation granted students time to celebrate the annual holiday and unwind, the pandemic caused some changes in plans for this year.
“Well for me, around this time of year, I would [usually] end up having five Thanksgivings including a Friendsgiving,” senior Cheyenne Dunham said. “But this year, I think we will be just having one.”
Dunham was not the only one having to switch up the usual Thanksgiving plans, as other students also had to change plans that required either traveling or a gathering with a large group of people.
“My vacation to California was actually canceled because of covid,” junior Isabella Torres said. “Over the break, I am planning to [just] binge-watch as many terrible Christmas movies as I can.”
Not only were traveling vacations canceled, Thanksgiving dinner that usually consists of a large group of friends and family was limited to only close family members in many cases, in order for everyone to stay safe during the pandemic.
“We usually have a Thanksgiving dinner party with our family and friends, but we will not have one this year because of the current situation,” junior Charisse Yip said. “It is very different this year.”
The norm for students this year seems to be staying indoors, and finding activities or projects to work on in the safety of the home.
“For this break, I plan on staying home and visiting my mom,” Dunham said. “I plan on just staying in watching some Netflix or Hulu.”
Watching TV, catching up on shows, playing online video games, and meeting virtually through the screens have replaced what students usually do on Thanksgiving, whether it be meeting friends or having dinner with extended family.
“Something I want to do is hang out with my friends in-person,” Dunham said. “But [we] can not.”
All students seemed to share the same sentiments in terms of wanting to go out with friends, but the recent rise in COVID cases has affected their planning.
“I would like to spend more time with my friends over the break,” Torres said. “But the rise in [COVID] cases has made that a bit more difficult.”