It's easy to mock Governor Cuomo for expecting law-enforcement officers to make sure on Thanksgiving that state residents obey his executive order limiting home gatherings to 10 persons.

Several upstate Sheriffs have ruled out that happening, with one stating he wouldn't count cars in driveways or check under piles of leaves. And Mr. Cuomo several months ago acknowledged that the key to driving down coronavirus cases had been the willingness of New Yorkers to buy into his shutdown rules, not the rules themselves. 

But New York, like most states, is seeing a rise in COVID cases, making it important to not have large get-togethers that include vulnerable people like older relatives. But this most-American of holidays also exerts a special pull on families to share old, familiar rituals.

So try to be careful. With luck, a year from now we'll be together celebrating without the virus looming over us.

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