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How To Host A Virtual Thanksgiving Dinner That’ll Feel Just Like Ol’ Times

This year, the pandemic has prevented so many loved ones from gathering together and celebrating. For many, it's been a lonely time in which people must self-isolate to protect each other and sacrifice important family moments.

Thankfully, there's a way to celebrate Thanksgiving virtually. While it's not the same as being together, it's the best and safest way to spend the season.

Modern technology allows us many ways to connect online when we can't be with each other in person.

It's important to have a family plan.

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Some people celebrate with the family they were born into while others employ a 'friends as family' mentality.

Regardless of whom your family is made up of, it's important to have a plan for how you'll connect during the Thanksgiving holiday.

There are several online video chat options like Zoom, FaceTime, Google Hangouts, Echo Dot, or even Netflix Party if you're looking to create a fun movie night.

It's a good time to start planning with the fam to see what works for everyone.

Make it interactive!

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It may seem like it's not worth going through the usual Thanksgiving traditions this year, but we urge you to keep the good times going. We know that keeping a routine is important in these uncertain times, and making the time to connect with loved ones in your usual manner will surely be equally beneficial.

This year, virtual Thanksgiving can actually be pretty fun. From planning a virtual guest list and sending invites to planning a menu, everyone has something to do.

Although you can't break bread together, you can still sit down and eat together virtually, exchange stories, and have a wonderful time.

Give thanks for your loved ones, no matter where in the world they are.

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It may feel odd, but a virtual Thanksgiving actually gives many of us something to feel thankful for.

Being away from loved ones is hard, but being completely without them is harder. It's truly a wonderful thing to have people that love you and want to share the day with you, even behind a camera.

It's a great idea to have everyone take turns sharing what they're grateful for during this truly humbling time.

Happy virtual Thanksgiving and don't forget to use GIFs.

It's important to remember that even when far away, the moments with our loved ones are true gems.

If you ever feel a loss for words or if not everyone in your family likes to type, get ready to have fun sending funny and cute GIFs all season long.

Let us know what you've got cooked up for your virtual Thanksgiving in the comments and if you do gather in person, please socially distance and wear masks accordingly.

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