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What will your Thanksgiving look like; families weigh holiday gatherings

After CDC warnings, families outline their holiday plans.
Changes are being made to Huntington community Thanksgiving events due to COVID-19.
Changes are being made to Huntington community Thanksgiving events due to COVID-19.(AP)
Published: Nov. 12, 2020 at 6:06 PM EST
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Thursday the CDC issued new recommendations for how families should handle Thanksgiving gatherings this year.

From masks inside to no potluck-style dinners, families across America are looking at how to celebrate the holiday.

“While it’s definitely something we’re concerned about, as far as a family get together it’s not that huge of a deal,” said Logan Canaday who plans to go home for Thanksgiving in West Virginia this year.

While coronavirus cases spike across the country, the holiday where families often come together quickly approaches.

“We’ve all just been really honest, like my kids are in school so how can I be as transparent as possible with everyone, and just being flexible and saying hey that’s something that’s concerning and we can move things around and say ‘hey we can see people and different times’ and just being flexible and transparent,” said Brittany Cudzilo.

Cudzilo and her family often have a larger get together on Thanksgiving. With small children and some family members who fall into the at-risk category, they’re looking at taking food to people and even having their dinner outside.

“We have a little bit of family from out of town that isn’t coming in, and we have some of our most vulnerable family members that are staying in and we’re all talking about what that looks like,” said Cudzilo. “Can we get things to them, how can we incorporate them? But, for most of the family, we’re going to be here and hopefully, be outside.”

A father of five Chauncey Parker says actually cutting his guest list takes some pressure off his plate.

“Well, we all have those cousins and that particular aunt and uncle that we don’t want to see so in some ways that will help alleviate that stress,” said Parker.

While joking mostly, Parker and his family still plan to travel I-40 to Nashville and spend some time on their family farm.

“We will probably only go for two or three days,” added Parker.

A family that often shops and eats out when they go to Nashville, Parker says they’re cutting those things out, and staying close to their property, for the weekend.

“So, we’ve really cut out all that,” said Parker.

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