Safe and Happy Holidays

Emma Joyce, Journalist

2020 is almost over! After a nice and relaxing Thanksgiving break, this weird year is coming to an end.  Thanksgiving looked a little different this year, and with the holidays around the corner, people are wondering if those will be equally uniqe.


For many of us, Thanksgiving consisted of family zoom calls, chilly outdoor dinners, but a time surrounded by family and friends. Even though it is sad to be separated from relatives for a holiday, it is important to keep in mind that safety is the priority.  Whether we have older grandparents, or other family members who are at a higher risk, we must always keep in mind that their health is more important than a holiday celebration. Because of this, our Thanksgivings were not like our usual large, family gatherings. Families celebrated in smaller groups, and mostly outdoors.


Newsome had put out Thanksgiving guidelines and received lots of opposition. His rules included a maximum of three people for dinner, as well as requiring an entirely outdoor dinner. He also recommended that dinner are pre packaged, in order to minimize the human contact.  The overall response he received from the public was outrage. He was ridiculed by celebrities, poking fun at the California governor.

Alden Mulroy, a CdM senior, says “Thanksgiving was actually pretty fun, even though it was a smaller group this year. I had dinner with my parents and my brother, so it was just the four of us. My mom picked up food from Whole foods because she doesn’t like to cook, and it was so good. Even though I wish we could’ve been around more people, it was a really nice and intimate dinner.”


Newsome says he will be putting out new holiday suggestions soon. Hopefully Christmas, Hanukkah, and the New Years can bring a safe and happy end to the year.