DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Thanksgiving is all about tradition – from the parade in New York to the game in Dallas, with turkey and sides somewhere in between.

For Lavon mother of four Jennifer White, those traditions always include a crowd.

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“Invite lots of family and sometime friends, but definitely parents, grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles,” said White.

Not this year.

“I feel like we’re a little more hesitant to have family members over,” she said. “My husband is high blood pressure and pre-diabetic, and then we have an autistic child as well.”

The CDC says the safest option is to follow what the White family is doing – limit Thanksgiving to your household. If you do extend beyond that, health experts say the best place to host Thanksgiving dinner is outdoors.

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If you do have to eat indoors, they say to wear a mask, preferably with two or more layers. Social distance from those outside of your household. Bring your own or use disposable containers, plates, and utensils. Or go virtual.

“Maybe do a Zoom call or a FaceTime call with some family members, but that’s about it,” White said of their plans.

Maybe not a traditional Thanksgiving for the White family, but a safe one.

“It’s definitely hard, because we have a lot of laughs and games and lots of food, so it’s just a lot smaller this year than we would like,” she said. “We’ll just do our part and hope that everybody else does, too.”


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