The Holidays are NOT Canceled


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It seems that almost everything this year has been put on hold, but the holidays are not canceled!

Our Thanksgiving ended up being quite different than what we expected this year. Normally, we head to my extended families’ home upstate for a full weekend celebration.  This year, we decided to host our first Thanksgiving with just our sets of parents and siblings, outdoors. Unfortunately, even that did not happen as both my daughter and I ended up with stomach bugs a few days before. As I feel any sign can be COVID, we decided to get tested and, of course, did not get the results before Thanksgiving

But Thanksgiving was NOT canceled.

I ended up cooking a 12-pound turkey for the three of us and made to-go plates for my parents. We exchanged side dishes because Thanksgiving is not Thanksgiving without my mom’s delicious stuffing! And we also threw in dessert. 

We Zoomed in with our other relatives and spent time with them virtually. We had time to make thankful turkeys and talk about what we were thankful for with our little girl. All in all, it was a pretty fantastic Thanksgiving and a great weekend. I have to say, as a first-time turkey roaster, it turned out pretty good, and this is coming from someone who is not a turkey fan! It was also so nice not to sit in traffic and travel anywhere during the weekend. 

The rest of our weekend was spent spending quality time with just the three of us watching movies, having hot chocolate, baking cookies, and decorating our home, getting it ready for Christmas. My daughter loved spending time with us, and we loved the time spent with her. And we did get our negative COVID results too – YAY! 

The holidays are not canceled. They may not be the same this year, but they are the holidays, and I will be making them very special for my little girl. And I might learn that staying home for the holidays is not so bad after all. 

Happy Holidays to you and yours. Stay healthy and well!

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Bena is a a wife and mom to a little girl born in July 2017 and another little girl born in April 2021. Her and her husband, both born and raised in Long Island, randomly ended up living in New Rochelle, Westchester when they fell in love with the downtown area, which had the best of two worlds, walking distance to parks, coffee shops, great restaurants and a short drive away from great hikes and nature. Since then they have moved a hop, skip and away to Pelham, which is an adorable little town. Mostly, Bena is just trying to figure out how to do this mom thing, while also working a full-time job. After a few years of the juggling act, she feels a little more confident, but everyday there are new challenges, especially when #2 arrived. When she is not momming, she is usually lawyering, working out, cooking, running errands or somewhere out exploring nature and the world (pre-covid, of course)!