Thanksgiving is in a week y'all, where has the year gone???

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is next week?! Yes, we have a calendar and write down dates on the regular, but this year has seemed to equally crawl and speed along all at the same time, so excuse us if we are a bit shell shocked to hear Christmas music already. Our neighbor has their lights up, where did our year go?! Existential crises aside, next week is Thanksgiving and like most of our year, it isn’t traditional, a lot of us are preparing to have a very different kind of holiday. With elderly family members to consider, some people have decided to forgo get togethers, so as not to possibly infect them with COVID-19 per CDC guidelines.

“Life's under no obligation to give us what we expect. We take what we get and are thankful it’s no worse than it is.” -Margaret Mitchell

What a year, like you, we are scared on almost a daily basis. Some of our children remain home, while others are at school where news filters in about parents with COVID and classmates having to quarantine and get tested to return to school. Every cough, sneeze and nurse visit means classrooms are emptied and sanitized, our kids are so resilient, it astounds us. Teachers are superheroes, case closed. Please make sure to send them constant thanks and ensure the presents this year are amazing! While no teacher really wants another basket from Bath and Body Works outside of a pandemic, this year may be an exception for you scented and glittered lotion, soap and sanitizer fans.

“Don't let the sun go down without saying thank you to someone, and without admitting to yourself that absolutely no one gets this far alone.” -Stephen King

Even though this year has tried our patience, working from home, schooling from home, plans cancelled...if we have our health and our family is healthy, we have a lot to be thankful for.

Here are some ideas on how to safely and responsibly get in the holiday spirit this year:
**Volunteer at or give to your local Food bank-food need is great this year, so give what you can, either of your time or money
**Plan a facetime, skype, or zoom Thanksgiving, order in this year or cook and virtually gather around your respective Turkey, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce, save room for dessert!
**Stock up on gift cards for teacher gifts, your mail person, your favorite barista...write a card and thank them for making this year a little better and brighter
**Go through your house and gather up gently used clothes and toys or buy new items to donate to a womans or family shelter, additionally they always need new items such as underwear and toiletries
**Save up your newspapers and gather up old blankets and towels to donate to animal shelters, call ahead for brands they accept if you wish to donate dog or cat food
**Take time everyday to find one thing to be grateful for, even if it was a good run, the fact that you didn’t cry or a perfect cup of tea

“It’s a funny thing about life, once you begin to take note of the things you are grateful for, you begin to lose sight of the things that you lack.” -Germany Kent

As always, thank you for allowing us to be a part of your life and a part of your journey. All the best-SG

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