COVID-19 and Holidays

Posted by Merry, Volunteer Mentor @merpreb, Oct 9 8:49am

The first holiday to come upon us is at the end of this month. It is Halloween. This means lots of kids, who wear masks, who don't wear masks, who went back to school or who didn't. We live on a dead-end and really don't get a lot of kids unless they are accompanied by their folks. We also get older kids later on. I have to confess I have only thought about this once, but @bustrbrwn22 mentioned this in a post this AM. I think that it deserves its own discussion.

I don't think that we will be turning on our outdoor lights to welcome any tricks or treats. I will not be jeopardizing surviving 23 years of lung cancer to anyone if I can help it. I love and adore kids but they will have to do without my candy this year. I think that it is too risky for everyone.

I know that this sounds hard but the world has changed and we all have to adapt to it. What will you do about this holiday?

@merpreb. As I said in previous post, we are going through a very trying time and people are adjusting to the best of their abilities without endangering anyone's well being. While I love seeing children in their creative Halloween costumes, unfortunately this year I will have to pass on handing out candies. Last year I didn't have one single visitor. Local churches and HOAs have been doing that for the last few years.
Thanksgiving is around the corner, usually this is my favorite holiday, and we have been going to my daughter's house for years. My son's family and my son in law's parents are there too. I'm not sure if, and that's a BIG if, we will have our gathering this year. I'm very sad about that. Usually I would go to my daughter's a few days before the holiday and come home with my son.
We're facing the same uncertainty about Christmas 😢😢 I can only hope 2021 would be a better year so we can catch up on the special days we miss this year.

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@merpreb, We just discussed this topic at our Toastmasters Zoom meeting this morning. Our club has always helped with a yearly "Trunk or Treat" event where kids could come to a specific location and people would pass out candy from the trunks of their cars. This year due to COVID they've made changes to continue while still being safe about it. I believe other cities have made similar plans. This information is from the Pine Island Chamber of Commerce site

https://www.pineislandmnchamber.com/ – Trunk or Treat
New this year: we are adopting a DRIVE THROUGH model for a safe Trunk or Treat event! Join us on Saturday October 31st in the 5-12 school parking lot. Cars will queue near the bus garages off 3rd Ave SE and a Goodhue County Deputy will direct traffic through the alley of decorated trunks. Kiddos are still encouraged to dress in costume, though we ask attendees remain in their vehicles.

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@mayofeb2020

@merpreb. As I said in previous post, we are going through a very trying time and people are adjusting to the best of their abilities without endangering anyone's well being. While I love seeing children in their creative Halloween costumes, unfortunately this year I will have to pass on handing out candies. Last year I didn't have one single visitor. Local churches and HOAs have been doing that for the last few years.
Thanksgiving is around the corner, usually this is my favorite holiday, and we have been going to my daughter's house for years. My son's family and my son in law's parents are there too. I'm not sure if, and that's a BIG if, we will have our gathering this year. I'm very sad about that. Usually I would go to my daughter's a few days before the holiday and come home with my son.
We're facing the same uncertainty about Christmas 😢😢 I can only hope 2021 would be a better year so we can catch up on the special days we miss this year.

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@mayofeb2020 – This is a dilemma that everyone will be facing to or not to.

@johnbishop– So you drive through and drop off candy?

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@merpreb

@mayofeb2020 – This is a dilemma that everyone will be facing to or not to.

@johnbishop– So you drive through and drop off candy?

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Just the opposite @merpreb. The little kiddies and their folks drive through and get candy from the chamber members and others helping in the event.

PI-Trunk-or-Treat

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@johnbishop

Just the opposite @merpreb. The little kiddies and their folks drive through and get candy from the chamber members and others helping in the event.

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So they don't get out of the car?

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@merpreb It has been a number of years since I turned on porch lights and gave out candy for Halloween. With my four dogs and the way the house is built, it is impossible to control the dogs and hand out candy to children. We actually don't have so many children coming buy any longer and so I've gotten used to simply turning out the lights and not answering the door. It is especially true this year with COVID 19 still prevalent. I chose safety over being nice.

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@merpreb

So they don't get out of the car?

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Nope…See the image in my post above – "Mask up! Kiddos will receive goodies from the comfort of adults cars this year. Particpating trunks will be spaced out and traffic will be directed through."

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@johnbishop– What an ingenious way to make the kiddies happy.

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@merpreb – Even the Rochester International Airport is getting in on the fun! Info from their Facebook page…https://www.facebook.com/events/3296145513773572/

RST invites families to dress up in costume, drive to RST and attend a fun, safe Halloween event taking place outdoors in the parking lot. Enter at the Main Terminal Entrance and follow signs to event.
– Airport Equipment on display
– Candy and other Giveaways
– Option to park and walk or stay in car and drive thru
– Please observe social distancing and only attend event with members of your household
– CDC recommends wearing a face mask (not just a costume mask)
– Stay home if you are feeling sick
– And Wash your hands!
In the event of inclement weather, please watch for updates on this event page.

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Yes, we were just discussing this. Usually we are in Texas, where we have a choice of drive-up trick or treating at our community gate (the kids do get out and show off their costumes) or trunk-or-treat at our church. Not sure what they are going to do this year as the county stay-at-home order will just be expiring of not extended again.
We think we will leave the lights off at home, but if the school near my daughter does a drive through trunk-or-treat like in John's area, we'll probably participate. Otherwise we'll have a bonfire at my daughter's with the little guys in their costumes…
Sue

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Hello All- It's that time again to think about the holidays this year. It's so much different than last year. My family and I will have a tailgate Thanksgiving and includes just my sister and brother-in-law. All of our kids are out of state and RI has a very high COVID-19 resurgence so we have to keep this local, per our Governor's request. We can back up our cars so that we are within voice range, have a bit of protection from any wind or snow, and have a grand ole feast. There will be no need for fancy dressing fancy or needing to make pretty food. We will be outside and can park our cars in directions that will protect us from inclement weather if needed. Oh, I can smell the stuffing and turkey already!

There is also a change in mask-wearing and what is considered "close contact" and how that affects infections. Dr. Gregory Poland explains this expertly. I really do think that this needs to be watched. It might help prevent us from getting COVID-19 or giving it to someone.
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/page/podcasts/newsfeed-post/cdc-updates-close-contact-guidelines/
What will you be doing for Thanksgiving? Will you be having a modified dinner, outside?

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@merpreb

Hello All- It's that time again to think about the holidays this year. It's so much different than last year. My family and I will have a tailgate Thanksgiving and includes just my sister and brother-in-law. All of our kids are out of state and RI has a very high COVID-19 resurgence so we have to keep this local, per our Governor's request. We can back up our cars so that we are within voice range, have a bit of protection from any wind or snow, and have a grand ole feast. There will be no need for fancy dressing fancy or needing to make pretty food. We will be outside and can park our cars in directions that will protect us from inclement weather if needed. Oh, I can smell the stuffing and turkey already!

There is also a change in mask-wearing and what is considered "close contact" and how that affects infections. Dr. Gregory Poland explains this expertly. I really do think that this needs to be watched. It might help prevent us from getting COVID-19 or giving it to someone.
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/page/podcasts/newsfeed-post/cdc-updates-close-contact-guidelines/
What will you be doing for Thanksgiving? Will you be having a modified dinner, outside?

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HI Merry –
We just had this discussion. In MN, outdoors is possible only about 1 in 10 Thanksgivings, and winter has already arrived, so probably not an option with our little guys. We will have a 2 table meal – daughter & family in dining room, our other daughter & us in living room. Food will be served out of kitchen by 1 masked person. We should be able to augment our house ventilation with an open window with an exhaust fan in another room. Then we'll mask back up and if possible, play outside.

We always do Thanksgiving with my sister and her family – depending on health, we are considering some kind of non-food, masked activity with them that weekend. They are also very careful & limited in their contacts with the world due to elder-Mom-in-law care & fragile grandson.
Sue

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@sueinmn

HI Merry –
We just had this discussion. In MN, outdoors is possible only about 1 in 10 Thanksgivings, and winter has already arrived, so probably not an option with our little guys. We will have a 2 table meal – daughter & family in dining room, our other daughter & us in living room. Food will be served out of kitchen by 1 masked person. We should be able to augment our house ventilation with an open window with an exhaust fan in another room. Then we'll mask back up and if possible, play outside.

We always do Thanksgiving with my sister and her family – depending on health, we are considering some kind of non-food, masked activity with them that weekend. They are also very careful & limited in their contacts with the world due to elder-Mom-in-law care & fragile grandson.
Sue

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Thanksgiving Update
This is hard for me to write, but after discussion with our kids, and a close look at the rate of infection in the Twin Cities, we have sadly altered our Thanksgiving plans.
As the experts keep telling us, even limited indoor gatherings are becoming spreader events because so many people are either totally asymptomatic, or are pre-symptomatic. Our ICU's are, and have been at over 95% of capacity for more than a week. Our positivity rate is at 10% and climbing. We each have elevated risks due to health and/or age.
As a result, even our small family will change our plan. Unless weather permits a picnic (about a 5% chance here), we will each prepare part of the feast, then exchange offerings at the door of our home and eat separately in our own homes while chatting on Zoom. After dinner we will partake in an outdoor activity together – walk, scavenger hunt, etc. If it's raining, we will engage in a toddler-friendly game over Zoom instead. Later, after the kids are in bed, the adults – including a few cousins & my sis – will raise a glass and play a game of Farkle via Zoom.
You do what you can!
How is everyone else planning to celebrate?
Sue

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@sueinmn– RI's rules have become stricter recently so I guess it will depend on the weather for us. I think that most feel the way you do, very sad and angry. Our hearts are definitely broken.

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@merpreb

@sueinmn– RI's rules have become stricter recently so I guess it will depend on the weather for us. I think that most feel the way you do, very sad and angry. Our hearts are definitely broken.

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Angry & heartbroken, but trying very hard to stay as positive as I can. Some days are harder than others.
We have terrific weather this week, so are hosting 3 patio gatherings while we can. Then all the furniture will get tucked away and the pond covered before next Monday, when the next snow is forecast,
Sue

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