Thanksgiving & Holiday Lockdown

Well, it’s Thanksgiving week and I’m not really sure what I should be doing. I’m not one to get bored, I just don’t know where I should spend my time.

Normally at this point of the year, I’m spending time getting our Christmas tree up (2019 picture above), putting white lights up outside, shopping for the Thanksgiving turkey, and making plans for the friends/neighbors party we usually host to kick off the holidays.

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This year, with the pandemic in resurgence, our state has been locked down again. Maybe even more strict than the first time, since by state order, we now can’t have ANY social gatherings … with anyone from any other household … inside or out … socially distanced or not … in any place, public or PRIVATE … for the next 4 weeks.

That means Thanksgiving and any holiday activities we were thinking of with family or friends are canceled until at least December 18. We’re having a Thanksgiving video conference with family over Zoom, which is the way we did Easter, too. I have to say that while I planned pretty well for early retirement overall, this was not in my FIRE script!

I know others have it worse, so I’m not complaining … just a little confused this year, since I’m a creature of habit. The good news is my wife & son & I are all together, so I guess we’ll just roast our Thanksgiving turkey, put up our Christmas Tree, and enjoy the holiday ‘down time’ we have together. We won’t go anywhere or see anyone else, but we can still celebrate the holidays with thankfulness that we have each other and better times are coming.


4 thoughts on “Thanksgiving & Holiday Lockdown

  1. Hi Mr FS,

    Enjoyed your articles this year. Its me again from Singapore. I watched with horror the daily covid cases and deaths in the US and could not help but just shake my head. What happened to the US “Can-Do” attitude to get things done and under control?

    It just takes everyone to do 3 simple things to get this under control – Wear a mask when you go out in public, wash your hands frequently with soap and maintain social distancing.

    We are now about 2 weeks with zero cases in the community. All current cases are imported cases (meaning ppe returning from overseas) but they have been put under 14 days of quarantine upon return. So the rest of us get to go about our daily lives and meet up with friends and families, dine at restaurants and go to the movies. The kids have been going to school since June after we lifted the initial mild lockdown.

    Considering that we have one of the highest population density in the world and can achieve 0 community cases, I am sure US can do it too IF everyone put their minds to it and know that they are doing it for the good of the community and their elderly relatives.

    I certainly hope things can get better in the US going forward.


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    1. Hi, Lim – That’s a big question and I’m not enough of an expert to explain the differences, but I’ll give you my thoughts.

      Clearly all of the East Asian countries have fared better than the US & Europe, but I think it’s too simplistic to say that it is explained by masks, hand washing, & distancing. The US is very decentralized and the states that focused more on those things (my state one of them) haven’t fared better (CV19 fatalities) than the ones that didn’t.

      In fact, many of them did much worse, with strict NY & NJ having the highest fatality rate per million by far. The same could be said among the countries in Europe – the strictness of the lockdowns doesn’t correlate with the devastation.

      If I had to bet, I think there is a genetic/immunity difference between the people of East Asia and the US/Europe, as there have been more frequent/serious outbreaks in that part of the world in the past.

      The Washington Post recently reported that “a team at Cambridge University have shown how the virus mutated as it left East Asia and traveled to Europe, noting the possibility that the initial strain may have been less severe ‘immunologically’ or environmentally adapted to the people of East Asia.” That is, there may have been some latent immunity in the Asian populations at a genetic level.

      Regardless, it is certainly true that the governments in East Asia were also more experienced with viral threats as they have been through this more than we have (SARS & MERS). They were better prepared with testing, PPE, and contact tracing. Our ill-preparedness is odd considering that the WHO had rated the US as the most prepared for a global pandemic just last year.

      Again, I’m not an expert, but based on my readings, these are the things that come to mind as I think of the global differences.


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