Staying Thankful This Thanksgiving

 I am, admittedly, not the biggest Thanksgiving person. Last year, I actually went with my parents and sister to DC for the holiday, which I did really enjoy. But this year does still feel a little bit different – I think it’s because it’s already been so long since we’ve been able to see friends and family, that it would’ve been really nice to have that time of togetherness this year.

But I know the right choice this year is to keep gatherings small and safe, with our immediate family only. Without getting too preachy or self-righteous, I will say that I’ve been on a ventilator before, and it is not fun. COVID cases are rising really quickly, and I know we all think that our family members are being safe and cautious, but safe means different things to different people. I’ll just end this little plea by saying that it’s really important to make cautious, smart choices in the short run to protect ourselves in the long run.

With all of that being said, what I’m trying to do this Thanksgiving is keep my mind on things that I have to be thankful for this year, even if it’s not the ideal holiday. I thought that I’d share my list of what I’m thankful for today, and I’d love for you to do the same in the comments!


I’m safe and healthy
This is on the top of my list right now, and something that I think about all the time!

A more laid-back Thanksgiving
I don’t know about you, but Thanksgiving can be kind of stressful around here – lots of preparation! I’m thankful that this year, we can have a more relaxed holiday.

Thanksgiving dinner at dinner time
A little bit silly, but when we have Thanksgiving with the whole extended family, we eat our meal around 1 PM so that it works with everyone’s schedules. This year, I’m happy that we’ll be able to eat dinner at dinnertime!

Pumpkin pie for breakfast
One of my favorite traditions is eating pumpkin pie while watching the Macy’s parade. I’m so glad that I can still do that this year! Dessert for breakfast never fails to make me happy.

SMA-friendly holiday
Honestly, I think one of the best parts of the whole pandemic and quarantine for me has been how SMA-friendly it has been for me. So many less logistics to plan around, and so much more flexibility. It’s been nice, and it’s extra nice when holidays are involved.

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