CHICAGO (WLS) -- The holidays often mean special events and gatherings with friends and family.
But because of the COVID-19 pandemic, those traditions will look and feel differently this year.
Northwestern University Clinical Psychologist Dr. Inger Burnett-Zeigler shared ways to cope with this unique holiday season.
Burnett-Zeigler said to get creative, think about what you can do to celebrate the holidays-- even if it breaks tradition.
"Taking the opportunity to plan is still an opportunity to connect with friends and loved ones, and have some joy," she said.
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"I'm planning on cooking my first Thanksgiving meal at home," Burnett-Zeigler shared. "I will be connecting with some friends virtually."