You had it all worked out: You'd get a COVID-19 test the week ahead, wait for results and then, assuming everything was a-OK, you'd drive through the night to get home for Thanksgiving. But the closer it gets to November 26, the more dire the news has been. A glance at a COVID-19 risk calculator isn't looking too pretty and the CDC is warning that even small household gatherings are contributing to the rise in cases. All arrows point to Thanksgiving and COVID being a dangerous equation. So, as much as you've dearly missed your family, a bleak chat with your friend who works in an overwhelmed hospital left you with your decision: You're skipping Thanksgiving this year.
The only problem? Despite your rational thinking, your parents will not be onboard. After all, they've been wearing masks and keeping their distance at outdoor social gatherings. How could a small family gathering with a few aunts, uncles and cousins harm anyone?
So how do you opt out of Thanksgiving stress-free and without a nuclear fight? We chatted with psychotherapist and leadership coach Sarah Greenberg about the simplest way to communicate your prerogative with your family members who might not agree with you. Here's what she told us.