FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Thanksgiving looks a little different for families this year.
Fort Wayne residents have had to adapt their holiday plans because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I’ve had a couple of scares this year with COVID-19 myself," Fort Wayne resident Patrick Harris said. "Friends have come down with it, some of them really bad. This year it’s just better to focus on my own household.”
Harris’ Thanksgiving usually involves him running around to different extended families' homes from noon until 9 o’clock at night.
“Visiting, checking in, overeating...now it’s just a matter staying safe,” he said.
Harris is sad he’s missing out on the large family gatherings, but it’s a sacrifice he’s willing to make to enjoy future holidays with them.
“I would like all of my loved ones to be safe and healthy. That can’t happen if we are all clustering together in large groups,” he said.
Chad Hartley and his family are trying to maintain a sense of normalcy during the pandemic.
“We’re cooking normal dinner, having my sons over, and we’re just trying to make life as normal as possible," Hartley said.
It’s a tradition for him and his family to get together, play games, and enjoy a home-cooked turkey dinner.
They’ll just be fewer place settings at the table this year.
“Getting people together into clusters I think can help spread the virus a lot quicker. I think we need to maintain our distance and do what we can to get through this," he said.
Whether you celebrate with your immediate family, eat dinner over Zoom, or spend the evening alone, FOX 55 wants to wish you a happy Thanksgiving.