Americans Planning to Celebrate a Very 'Stressful' Thanksgiving Virtually This Year, Study Finds

As if 2020 hasn’t been rough enough, half of Americans think Thanksgiving will be twice as stressful this year because of COVID-19, according to new research.

The study asked 2,000 Americans who celebrate Thanksgiving about their plans for the upcoming feast and found 53 percent think the stress will be double this year, with one in 10 not even celebrating.

For those who are still planning on chowing down on turkey this year, 52 percent said they feel pressure to make this Thanksgiving absolutely perfect.

Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of HelloFresh, the survey found 56 percent of respondents are planning to phone it in this Thanksgiving and have a video call with their family if they can’t see them in person.

With so much up in the air this year with COVID-19, the survey found 18 percent of respondents will be cooking their own Thanksgiving dinners for the first time.

Half of those still planning on celebrating Thanksgiving this year said planning for the big dinner has been more difficult than ever due to the pandemic.

Even if they aren’t the household chef on Turkey Day, 61 percent of respondents said they get second-hand stress from the kitchen.

This may also be connected to 55 percent of respondents who shared that even the thought of having to run up to the grocery store the day-of this year, during a global pandemic, is a point of stress for their households.

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