I don't know what to do. My mother-in-law wants to have a big Thanksgiving dinner at her house. We have always gone there every year. I'm just not comfortable going because of covid. There will be around 25 family members. I also don't want to upset my mother in law. What should I do?

Dear Writer,

Maybe you can gently tell your mother-in-law that you are going to stay home this year, because you are concerned about everyone staying healthy.

I don't know about your situation, but my daughter is in school 2 days a week, and my son spends time with his close friends. So, we are not seeing any relatives this holiday. I don’t want to take any risk, since my children are with people outside our family regularly.

I think it’s best to do what feels right for you, and your immediate family.

What will make you feel comfortable?

If you decide not to go, then maybe you can call or FaceTime the family on Thanksgiving. You could even drop off a side dish or send some flowers. Something that keeps that holiday connection going.

Thank you for your note,


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