While everything is shifting drastically and everyone is getting used to their new everyday lives, the holidays are something that brought light into the world, despite the darkness brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the holidays were celebrated differently this year but the emotions and sweet joy that came along with them remained just as strong. For Science Teacher, Tara Sikorski, her Thanksgiving dinner was celebrated over a Facetime call.
“It was still nice to have some of those traditions that are still there and being able to even just share a meal even if it’s over video and a little weird, it still felt good to be able to have those conversations and interact over dinner.” Sikorski said.
In previous years, Sikorski usually celebrated Thanksgiving by travelling over to her significant other’s family for a week, which involved getting on a plane. Throughout that week, they would plan out family activities, spend a lot of time together outdoors, and have Thanksgiving dinner in the evening. This year, she and her significant other made dinner on their own and timed it so that her significant other’s family was done cooking around the same time. They then all sat down and had dinner over a Facetime call.
Sikorski explains her thoughts on celebrating it the way she did, “I would say it was mixed emotions, it’s sad that we can’t see each other but we also felt very lucky that we have this technology to be able to interact with people and be able to share those moments over video. We felt very lucky that we had those resources to do that and still stay in connection.” Sikorski said.
Sikorski realized how important those people were and how she may have taken them for granted pre-pandemic, “I think it’s made me reflect and evaluate what’s important in spending time doing the things I enjoy, it makes me appreciate the time I’ve spent with other people much more. It’s certainly made me grateful for things I used to take for granted.” Sikorski said.
Senior Halle Tuazon also celebrated the holidays uniquely this year in which she was able to see some family members that she doesn’t get to see as often as she usually did.
Photo Courtesy of Halle Tuazon
“I seen this as a positive thing because with everything that’s happening it’s sad and I don’t get to see my family as much as I used to. It was just a relief getting to see everyone even if it was just for a little bit.” Tuazon said.
Before COVID-19, Tuazon usually celebrated Thanksgiving by going to her mom’s side of the family for half the day and going to her dad’s side of the family for the other half. That included family from out of state to gather with about 30 other people. This year, she saw less than half of that number and wore masks. On her mom’s side, they went to her grandpa’s house at different times and would maximize capacity to 10 people at the house. On her dad’s side, no one from out of state came and it was just immediate family at her Aunt's house.
Photo Courtesy of Halle Tuazon
Tuazon explains her thoughts on how she celebrated this year, “It was a little different because we weren’t with everyone but it was similar in the fact that it was very happy vibes and everyone was just happy to see each other” Tuazon said.
Tuazon explains why Thanksgiving was extra special this year, “It was so important to me especially during these times because we’re living in a time where everything is uncertain and nothing’s normal anymore so you have to appreciate the little things, the things you would take for granted like spending time with your family.” Tuazon said.