Making the Most of a Nontraditional Thanksgiving Week

Let’s face it – this week probably doesn’t look the way that many of us imagined it might back at the beginning of the year. It’s hard. It sucks. But frankly, it is what it is. In an attempt to not dwell on the negative – something I’ve been doing way more of lately than I care to admit – I’m focusing on all the ways we’re making the most of a nontraditional Thanksgiving week. Because this is exactly what I was talking about when I shared my perspective for the rest of 2020.


An Easy Thanksgiving Meal for Two

Like many others, Ryan and I are staying home for Thanksgiving. But, even though it’s just the two of us I still want a traditional holiday meal! This recipe is absolutely delicious as-is, so I’m hoping with a few modifications (mainly turkey breast instead of chicken) that it’ll still be a winner. Add in mashed potatoes, corn and rolls and we’ve got ourselves a solid Thanksgiving meal (plus leftovers!).

Christmas Tree Decorating

There’s few things I look forward to more every year! I LOVE pulling out all our ornaments, getting nostalgic and reminiscing about the stories behind each one, etc. There’s usually chili in the slow cooker and a Christmas movie or music playing in the background to make for a truly wonderful evening. Here’s one of my favorite pictures ever from last year’s decorating night.


Most retailers and small businesses already have kicked off sales and deals making it pretty difficult to resist a little retail therapy. While I’m trying not to do much shopping for myself (but, I’m only human!), I’d like to finish all my gift shopping by the end of the week. Both to save some money and allow extra time in case of shipping delays.

Addressing Christmas Cards

I almost always strive to have our Christmas cards in the mail by Dec. 1, and this year is no different. Especially with another short turnaround between holidays and ‘rona, I feel like all bets are off. I’m probably considered old-school for taking the time to hand-address all the envelopes, but I find it oddly fun.

Puzzles and Movies and Games, oh my!

With snow in the forecast and being under a new stay-at-home advisory, we’re all about making the most of things while staying in and staying safe. The halls are decked, so now it’s time to kick back and have some fun! We live for puzzle and game nights, and we’re kicking off our holiday movie marathon come Thursday. First up? Christmas Vacation – duh!

I’ll be thinking of and toasting every single one of you this week! In spite of everything 2020, there’s still a ridiculous amount to be thankful for. Big and small. That’s what I’m choosing to focus on, and my hope is that you can, too no matter how/if you choose to celebrate. Cheers to being happy, healthy and safe!

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  1. 12.1.20
    Lovely said:

    Your Christmas décor looks great! We have a similar Christmas countdown.

  2. 11.23.20
    Debbie said:

    I agree, in spite of everything, still so much to be thankful for! I’ll be missing everyone, but thank goodness for FaceTime!

    • 11.25.20
      Karly said:

      Yes, I’m pretty grateful for technology these days!

  3. 11.23.20
    Brittany said:

    Sounds like a really nice intimate Thanksgiving! So hard this year… but I keep telling myself we’ll look back on this someday and know we did what we could & stayed safe! Enjoy, Karly! Sending love.

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    • 11.25.20
      Karly said:

      I couldn’t agree more! Hope you guys have the best first Thanksgiving with your little guy. xx

  4. 11.23.20
    Biana said:

    I got our cards in last week so I really hope to get those done and mailed on Friday!! That’s always my go to though! xo, Biana BlovedBoston

    • 11.25.20
      Karly said:

      It’s so nice to get them done and out the door early!