The Brief: Memes about celebrating Thanksgiving in 2020 reflect some of the non-traditional ways people are observing the holiday during a pandemic.


Thanksgiving in a pandemic is something that nobody asked for, but this year, it’s what we’re stuck with. Memes about Thanksgiving 2020 highlight how this year’s celebration and feasts will be unusual, and how people are coping with the stress of the third wave of Coronavirus in the United States.

As health experts and the CDC have encouraged people to avoid traveling this Thanksgiving and to celebrate only with the people they live with, many memes echo this call, asking people not to gather for the holiday in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

This meme highlights just how hard it can be to cancel plans with family:

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The original song “Grandma’s Gonna Be A Superspreader” is dark, funny, and sure to get stuck in your head.

According to Mariah, this tweet wasn’t meant to fully cancel the holiday.

Many people have noted how this year’s spread of disease is eerily similar to the original Thanksgiving and its problematic colonial history.

This tweet, however, notes that such jokes can be insensitive, especially when Native Americans are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and continue to experience the violence of settler colonialism.

Ted Cruz has been tweeting about he feels that COVID restrictions and recommendations are infringing on his rights. Naturally, people have been dunking on Ted for his over-dramatic “come and take it” turkey meme and for his failure to take action to slow the spread of this deadly disease.

Cursed photos of a pregnant woman and the father of her future baby wearing shirts that say “I’m so stuffed with a little turkey” and “I made the stuffing” are being widely ridiculed online for their corny and not-so-subtle innuendo.

And finally, here are some non-COVID-related Thanksgiving 2020 memes for when you just want to have a quick laugh about turkey and yams.


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