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CrisLondon
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Covid means not flying to see my family and not driving to see my family in law. Hubby and I usually alternate families for Xtmas except some years when it's just us two. This year I'm not taking unnecessary risks.

The elders in my (medical) family are taking no risks till vaccines are found to really work. They won't be running to queue to get them till late 2021 either.

Here in England a scientist said something like you spend Xtmas with your family and you bury them in January.

I know some friends didn't meet their families for Diwali. Sure many people won't meet for Hannuka even if the lockdown here eases early December...

Such a tough spot for everybody.

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This was my first Thanksgiving that I spent at home with my husband and no family.  It was good, but I so missed having fun with my family.  I talked to each of them on the phone, which was nice, but not the same because we all weren't together

I didn't make a turkey for us, just a breast of chicken.  I made some of the side dishes I make for Thanksgiving so it was good.  Still, just not the same. Sad  

 

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@jofrance Do you think this will this affect your Christmas plans (if you celebrate)?

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Its going to affect Christmas for me too.  Half of my family lives in PA and I live in NJ.  If we go to PA like we've always done, we will all have to be tested for Covid beforehand, according to PA rules.  No one wants to do that.  I'm not sure my brother wants a party at his house either.  He said he bought a firepit, but I'm not sitting outside in the cold to go see him.

The PA people feel apprehensive about meeting in a restaurant and my house is too small for a safe gathering, so I think we will all be split apart this year.  Its just really sad, but that's how I think it will end up.

I'll get together with my sister and nephew in NJ, probably at a restaurant.  I'd love to have them at my house, am still considering it, but my sister works in a hospital and has been exposed to Covid lately, but doesn't have it.  I'm not sure I want to spend time with her in my house.

She understands, but damn, I feel so bad.  At least we can get together in a restaurant, there is only 25% capacity allowed now, and it will be a shorter visit.  Its not the Christmas I would like this year, but it is what it is, I guess.

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@jofrance Wow, so many things to think about. Smaller states keep us closer to borders. My sister in law is 20 minutes from her brother, across state lines, and has the same thoughts.

Whatever you end up doing, I hope you have a beautiful evening with the family you are able to see. 

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Several years ago, the final time I went to an extended family gathering, the two individuals in my extended family who *did not, _ever_* practice hand washing, were very ill.  No one else caught their germs, because everyone else practices basic, normal hygiene.

That wasn't on my list of why I ceased traveling to family events, by the way.

My reason for this reply is to say, whoever doesn't usually wash their hands, ordinarily, probably still isn't doing so, now.  Same, as my nephew and my father didn't, in flu season, years ago.

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