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The holidays this year will need a lot of precautions beforehand, but there are still ways to spend time with loved ones and celebrate Friendsgiving.

As the COVID-19 positivity rate reaches a startlingly high percentage in Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot has issued a plea for residents to cancel large Thanksgiving gatherings and limit the celebration to only members of the immediate household.

This stay-at-home advisory is to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to honor the city's gathering limit of 10 people. However, this order does not mean that Thanksgiving is canceled altogether. Here is how Illinois State University students are spending their Thanksgiving in quarantine.

Many students’ families want to keep their Thanksgiving celebration as normal as possible under the circumstances. For junior exercise science major Stephanie Pinczes, her family will watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade while cooking in their own home instead of going to their grandmother’s house.

“We didn’t want to risk giving COVID to our grandma, so my family is spending Thanksgiving separately. I’m just going to watch the parade with my dad while my mom cooks dinner,” Pinczes said.

The parade will happen virtually with no audience. Watching the parade can help bring a sense of normalcy to the celebration as well as carrying on other traditions to the best of one’s ability.

Junior English education major Gianna Lopez will try her hand at cooking this year.

“My aunts usually make all of the food for us. Now that that isn’t happening anymore, I’m going to have to help make the food with my mom.” There are plenty of Thanksgiving recipes that you could attempt to fight off boredom and to attain the Thanksgiving spirit.

As for me, now that my family is not going to be able to gather, I am going to relax at home and spend the day helping my dad cook dinner. Afterwards we will most likely have some kind of family interaction to celebrate the holiday, which will probably involve spending the rest of the day playing our favorite board games. Although our extended family cannot come over and play gambling games as we usually do, we will try to keep the tradition alive ourselves and try to keep things as normal as possible while still following the stay-at-home order.

FLORA SEIDLER is a Copy Editor and Blogger for The Vidette. She can be contacted at Follow her on Twitter at @FloraSeidler

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