Thanksgiving 2020

Thanksgiving 2020

In this pandemic year, many people have decided not to visit Grandma for Thanksgiving, since giving her COVID-19 in exchange for roast turkey and green bean whoopie seems unfair. With smaller holiday gatherings, the market for great big turkeys has collapsed, as farmers see seasonal profits gobbled up by social distancing. Many small pandemic pod parties want smaller turkeys, but growers have not been able to get those big fat birds to lose weight. If you’ve been binge eating during quarantine, maybe you can relate.


“Turkey farmers fear that, this year, they’ve bred too many big birds,” Laura Reiley, Washington Post

“Scaled-back Thanksgiving plans leave turkey farmers in limbo,” Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press

“Fauci says small gatherings driving new Covid outbreaks, worries about Thanksgiving,” Sara G. Miller, NBC News

“Thanksgiving In The Time Of COVID-19: To Grandmother’s House Or No?” April Fulton, NPR

“CDC issues new guidance for Thanksgiving gatherings,” Joseph Choi, The Hill

“Traditional Thanksgivings Off the Table As Coronavirus Surges,” Emma Coleman, Route Fifty

“‘A loaded pistol for Grandma’s head’: Colorado governor asks people not to bring COVID to Thanksgiving table,” Alexander Kirk, Nate Lynn, and Jennifer Campbell-Hicks, Fox West Texas

“Officials issue a blunt message for Thanksgiving: Keep your gathering small and don’t travel,” Elizabeth Chuck, NBC News

“Washington governor bans Thanksgiving gatherings, announces new COVID business restrictions,” Lucas Manfredi, FOXBusiness

“Physician predicts ‘unprecedented surge’ in US Covid-19 cases after Thanksgiving,” Christina Maxouris, Jay Croft and Dakin Andone, CNN

“Is it safe to travel for Thanksgiving? Here’s what health experts are doing for the holiday.” Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post

“More Than Half of Americans Plan Thanksgiving Travel Despite Pandemic, TripAdvisor Says,” Kathryn Sotnik, NBC 10 Boston

“That Pre-Thanksgiving Covid Test Won’t Really Keep You Safe,” Christie Aschwanden, Wired


“Cancel Thanksgiving,” James Hamblin, The Atlantic

“On Fox News, Dr. Scott Atlas encourages large holiday gatherings: ‘For many people this is their last Thanksgiving,’” Media Matters


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Image (“Thanksgiving 2020, after Norman Rockwell”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

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