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I was not able to be with extended family for Thanksgiving this year like I wanted. Most years we go to my niece’s home about 2 miles away. We typically have about 12-15 people. We do backyard football in the morning. My niece and I split up the cooking the best we can that afternoon and then we get back together for an early dinner. Due to Covid concerns, we were not able to do Thanksgiving together this year.

Instead we had a modified version of what we normally do. We paired down the menu since it was just going to be Derby and I and the kids together. And we embraced new traditions. Backyard football was at our house and my daughter Maggie and I cooked together.

Christmas will be the same way. With Covid 19 numbers worse than they have been since March, we won’t have 10 client parties a week to drop by. We won’t have in person events to attend. We miss those events and seeing people. The holidays will definitely look different.

But just as we have had to pivot in our business, I am learning to pivot in my personal life. Different is not bad or good. It is just different. We all miss seeing people and concerts and movies and events. We are all starting to feel the effects of Zoom fatigue. But I am learning to embrace the different and not fight it. Being forced to do things differently brings opportunities for new traditions and an appreciation for the things we miss during this time of year. It provides an opportunity to be grateful for our families and our community.

Our non-profits have been hit hard this year. Most of us are lucky enough to have a roof over our head, food to eat, clean running water and a warm bed to sleep in. But not all of us are that lucky. Our non profits work around the clock to serve our community. And they are doing so with less resources than they have ever had.

So next time we are feeling sad about the way things were, it might be a good time to think about how good things are. I find a great way to fill my heart with joy when something is missing is to give back. (check out our Joy of Giving feature in this issue which is full of ideas on how to determine year end giving.)

Happy Holidays to you and yours! Enjoy these times together – even though they feel a little different!

Cassie

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