Planning it safe: Try these ideas for a virtual Thanksgiving

What better time than Thanksgiving to schedule an online gathering? Share a toast and a moment of gratitude.

Here are ways to create meaningful moments with family and friends and still play it safe.

Connect through cooking: Thanksgiving is about the food — eating it and the memories made through cooking together. Choose a favorite family recipe, create a new recipe tradition and whip it up, or follow along via FaceTime or Skype. Still don’t have your mom’s gravy recipe down or want to learn how to make your friend’s famous apple pie from scratch? Set up an online tutorial in advance.

Toast of gratitude: By now, many of us have made an art out of the virtual cocktail hour. So what better time than Thanksgiving to schedule an online gathering? Share a toast and a moment of gratitude.

Group photo stream: If a live Zoom isn’t your thing, find other ways to share the moment. Upload photos and video of the table decor, meal prep and your turkey reveal. Apple iPhone users can set up a shared album, or try Flickr, Amazon Photos, Google Photos or other photo-sharing sites.

Vary the virtual fun: While you can dine virtually (make sure everyone knows how to use the video chat platform of choice before you sit down), consider upping your game (and avoid the tendency to talk over each other) with planned activities. Keep things moving with a scavenger hunt, an old-fashioned pie-eating contest, a TikTok dance-off or a favorite family game — using a real board game or an online app. Watch the television-only Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade early, or stream a movie together later. The idea is to use technology to create connections to those we are thankful for — no matter the distance.

The Dallas Morning News

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