{{featured_button_text}} GENA KITTNER For the State Journal

If there was ever a year for holiday cheer, this would be it.

However, the COVID-19 pandemic is forcing people to cancel and rethink their traditional Thanksgiving, Christmas and other holiday plans, likely replacing anticipated travel and gatherings with scaled-down versions of the usual festive fare.

“The holidays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah … are really moments that we look forward to during the dull, gray winter months ahead,” said Dr. Shilagh Mirgain, a psychologist at UW Health.

This year “it’s going to look a lot different,” she said. “We want to think about how we are going to approach it and who we feel comfortable being around.”

If gathering with extended family or friends, Mirgain suggests asking guests

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