It’s time to give thanks. Thanksgiving 2020 arrived on Nov. 26, and with it, some of your favorite celebrities gathered to express gratitude and love with those they hold dear. While the CDC has recommended against traveling and huge family gatherings – because the COVID-19 pandemic is still raging throughout the country – some stars still managed to have the best Turkey Day ever (or the best they’re going to get in 2020.)
Though COVID may make Thanksgiving – and the rest of the Winter Holidays – look a little different, the spirit behind the holidays remains intact. Families or quarantine couples can still make plenty of good food, binge watch every single Thanksgiving episode of Friends, or watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. So long as one stays safe, Turkey Day will still go on. Keep checking back here to see all the updates.
Kelly Ripa & Mark Consuelos
Kelly Ripa, 50, and Mark Consuelos, 49, revealed their Thanksgiving holiday looked a little different this year. The Live! host and Riverdale star shared that they celebrated with her parents Joseph and Esther over FaceTime in a sweet post shared on Thursday, Nov. 26. “#tbt thanksgiving is not like last year, but we’re still grateful that our parents are getting the hang of FaceTime. Sort of,” she wrote on Instagram with several turkey emojis. The star also included a sweet throwback photo of herself, Mark and their three grown-up kids Michael, 23, Lola, 19, and Joaquin, 17.
John Legend posted a sweet photo of wife Chrissy Teigen and their two kids, Luna and Miles, on Thanksgiving. “So so grateful for these three. Happy Thanksgiving!” he captioned his family Instagram photo. John’s sweet message about his family comes just one day after Chrissy tweeted that she’s been in “a grief depression hole” since losing her third child, Jack, in Sept. 2020.
Gwyneth Paltrow, 48, shared a rare photo of her two kids on Thanksgiving! The Shakespeare In Love star posed with her son Moses, 14, and lookalike daughter Apple, 16. The trio had a sentimental holiday as they paid a visit to the resting place of Gwyneth’s late father, director Bruce Paltrow. “On this November 26th, I was able to visit my fathers resting place (on his birthday) with these two loves of my life,” the Oscar winner shared in her emotional caption. “Happy thanksgiving. Life has incredible highs and lows. Perhaps feeling it all at the same time is the art,” she also wrote.
Catherine Zeta-Jones & Michael Douglas
A family affair! Catherine Zeta-Jones, 51, and Michael Douglas, 76, reunited with their kids Carys, 17, and Dylan, 20, for the Thanksgiving holiday. Michael’s son Cameron, 41, and his wife Viviane Thibes also joined the group as they all smiled around a candle lit dinner table. “Thankful. #thanksgiving,” the Mask of Zorro actress penned in her caption.
Thankful. Grateful. Blessed
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) November 26, 2020
Although Justin Bieber is Canadian — his country’s Thanksgiving was back in October – he still delivered a message on Nov. 26 to all the Americans celebrating. It was short and sweet, but still very poignant. “Thankful. Grateful. Blessed,” said Mr. Hailey Baldwin.
Heading in the kitchen to start #Thanksgiving dinner. 😅 Wish me luck y’all. 🥴
— Mrs. Petty (@NICKIMINAJ) November 26, 2020
Nicki Minaj is celebrating her first Thanksgiving as a mother. She and Kenneth “Zoo” Petty welcomed a baby boy at the end of September. The “Chun Li” rapper told her Barbz that she was “heading in the kitchen to start #thanksgiving dinner. Wish me luck, y’all.”
“Thankful to all who came to yoga to breathe and sit in our gratitude,” Kerry Washington captioned the photo she posted on Thanksgiving. “I’m thankful to all of you. Every day. For showing me love. I see it. And I give it right back!!!!! Please keep Native peoples in your thoughts and prayers today and throughout #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth. I will put some resources we spoke about up on my stories! And if you couldn’t miss the yoga it’s up on my IGTV!!!!!!”
“Happy #Thanksgiving!” wrote Nicole Kidman. The better half of Keith Urban shared a photo of her gazing upon the gorgeous landscape. “Thinking of family and friends with love and gratitude,” she added.
Jennifer Aniston celebrated her first Thanksgiving with Lord Chesterfield, the rescue dog she adopted in early October. “We’re grateful,” she captioned a short gallery of pictures of her with the puppy. The Early Show star is also the caretaker of a Schnauzer mix named Clyde and a white Pitbull named Sophie.
“Thankful,” Lea Michele wrote when she uploaded a photo of her with husband Zandy Reich and their newborn child, Ever Leo. The black-and-white photo showed the Glee alum gazing lovingly down to her bundle of joy.
“Happy Thanksgiving, everybody,” said Rebel Wilson in her Instagram video. The Pitch Perfect star – who has had a major glow-up in 2020 – celebrated the American holiday not in Australia or in Los Angeles, but “from the top of the Alps.”
Blake Shelton & Gwen Stefani
“What a year we’ve all had, but there is still plenty to be thankful for! Happy Thanksgiving y’all!!!” Blake Shelton captioned a shot of him with Gwen Stefani that he uploaded to his Instagram on Nov. 26. This year is the first Thanksgiving for Blake and Gwen since becoming engaged. Soon, they’ll be celebrating Turkey Day as man and wife.
“My bird is looking nice!!!! Brined it overnight,” Carey Hart revealed on Instagram. Pink’s husband was particularly proud of his work, thanks to help from Meat Church’s Bird Brine. “Just topped it off [with[ Holy Voodoo Dry Rub. Onto the Trager Grills for a long smoke! Gonna Be good!!!!!” Anyone else suddenly really hungry?
“Happy Thanksgiving to everyone celebrating today, from our family to yours!” Victoria Beckham posted, along with a photoshopped family picture of her, David Beckham, and their four kids – Brooklyn, Harper, Romeo, and Cruz. “Together in spirit (and this picture) even though we can’t be together in person this year. We’re so grateful for all our amazing memories made in the USA and can’t wait to visit again (hopefully) very soon. Kisses from us.”
Lisa Rinna wished all her fans a “Happy Thanksgiving” with a picture of her family – Harry Hamlin, Amelia, and Delilah. “Missing our girls and Lois,” added the Real Housewives star. “We aren’t able to be together physically but we are together in spirit, always.”
For Meghan McCain, Thanksgiving was a time for her to remember her father, the late Senator John McCain. The View host shared a video of her father carving the turkey. “Thanksgiving was your favorite holiday – it will never be the same without you. I miss your fried turkey, sense of humor and vodka with baby onions the most today. I love you Dad.”
“Lots to be thankful for but most thankful for my little crew,” wrote Kristin Cavallari. The Laguna Beach alum shared a picture of her posing with children Camden, Saylor and Jaxon, showing that she’s most grateful for the family she’s made. “he best things that ever happened to me. Happy Thanksgiving all!
Tyler & Hayley Hubbard
“GRATEFUL for our family and all the chaos in our life right now, among a zillion other things,” Hayler Hubbard wrote while sharing a picture of her alongside her husband, Florida George Line’s Tyler Hubbard, and their three kids. “We got to watch the Thanksgiving day parade for 5 minutes together before kids went haywire and that feels like a victory. Wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving wherever and however you’re celebrating this year!”
A lot of work goes into your Thanksgiving dinner, as Porsha Williams showed with the video she shared on Turkey Day. “Premadonna got me watching this turkey better than I wash my own a–,” the Real Housewives Of Atlanta star captioned the video.
“When I tell you I was so confused….” Amanda Kloots captioned the video she posted. Though she lost her husband, Nick Cordero, this year, she wouldn’t be celebrating this Thanksgiving alone. “I opened the door to my house, and Anna slid in holding Elvis- I thought I was looking at myself!!! I had to do a double take haha! Hooray for surprises! Hooray for the holidays! Hooray for family! Anna was able to safely fly back to be with us this Thanksgiving, and it is the best surprise ever!”
“Happy Thanksgiving!” Justin Theroux captioned the black-and-white photo of him with his dog, Kuma. Justin let everyone know that he wasn’t traveling to see his 81-year-old mother, Phyllis Grissim-Theroux, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re doing this one alone so the rest can be with loved ones. Miss you, mom. Be there soon.”
A week before the holiday, the Center for Disease Control issued a warning against traveling for Thanksgiving. In the face of skyrocketing infections, hospitalizations, and deaths, the CDC recommended against travel for Thanksgiving. For those who decide to travel, the CDC recommended doing it as safely as possible by wearing a mask, keeping six feet apart, and wash hands often with soap and water. “The safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is at home with the people in your household,” said the CDC’s Dr. Erin Sauber-Schatz, per The New York Times.
The warning wasn’t against the act of traveling. “This is a bad time to be swapping air with people that are not immediate household members,” said Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota and a member of President-Elect Joe Biden’s Covid-19 advisory board. “You can have one person sitting at the table who appears to be perfectly healthy, and you can infect most the people, if not all of the people, sitting at that table.”
If members of different households gather in someone’s home for Thanksgiving, the CDC recommended they wear masks except when eating and remain six feet apart. Windows and doors should be kept open as much as possible to improve ventilation, and contact (hugs, handshakes) should be avoided.