Motivation Monday...making it through the holidays in 2020

11.23.20 05:50 PM Comment(s) By Adrienne Towsen

This is sure to be a different type of holiday season for most people in this country and all over the world. For many Americans, Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday, and it is a time for large family gatherings. As someone who has a small family, I could never envision the scene when others would talk about having 20 or 30 people over for dinner. Our biggest family gathering was never more than 10-12 people but was wonderful just the same. In fact for many Thanksgiving dinners it would be just 5, and that was perfect too. So for those who will be limited this year and unable to do a typical family gathering, remember how wonderful it is to be with those who are at your table. A small celebration can be great and there is still plenty to be thankful for. For those who are able to safely have a bigger celebration, enjoy the family traditions you have come to be thankful for over the years. Either way, I think the quote in the beginning of this entry is very fitting...

                                                         "Don't count the days. Make the days count"

I think we are all counting the days until this pandemic is under control and ultimately behind us.  Despite that, we should also make the most of this time in our lives, albeit different and restricted. It is not the way anyone wants to live, but it is out of our control and hopefully we can still be thankful for what we have and try to enjoy this holiday season. I have seen countless posts of people decorating early for Christmas hoping to bring some joy into 2020 and/or trying to speed up getting to the end of it! Either way, it has seemed like a way people are "making the days count".

My takeaway from this entry for all working moms or anyone who reads this is...try to make the holidays special in whatever way you can, and hopefully we can look toward the new year with hope and optimism. 

                   Thanksgiving 2018...with extended family😊

The following year in 2019, my oldest was studying abroad first semester, so she was in the Netherlands for Thanksgiving. My parents and my younger daughter and I went out for dinner, and we then celebrated Thanksgiving once she came home in mid-December. If you look closely in the photo below you can see the Christmas tree lights in the mirror! So you do what the situation calls for and make the best of it. Hopefully everyone can try to adopt that philosophy this year, and even if your table usually sits 10-12... there's nothing wrong with setting it for 5 or 6 like we did for our Thanksgiving in December last year!

We at The Working Mom wish you lots of motivation this Monday to have a Happy Thanksgiving!🧡

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