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A Very Different Thanksgiving

As Thanksgiving approaches, I’ve had to do some major soul searching to come to terms with this year’s family holidays. I’ve had to come to terms with this year, period. I won’t be spending it with my children, my grandchildren or friends. Poor me. 

That’s one way to think about it, or I can completely change my attitude, and discover new possibilities.

New Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving 2020

Last year, we weren’t with our family either – due to work-related situations with our kids. My husband and I decided to spend our day volunteering at the First Methodist Church, serving Thanksgiving dinners. A day where people come together for food and fellowship. It was a good day. If you are interested in volunteering, contact the Edgewater Alliance Church at (386) 427-0385 for more information.

family having birthday party at kitchen table with virtual guests via zoom meeting

Zoom was created several years ago, but it has now become a word way more Americans understand and utilize. This is a great way for families to connect at the same time which can help with some family “normalcy.” You can eat your dinner “together,” play games or talk about memories of the past and plans for the future with numerous people all at once and from everywhere! My six-year-old grandson, Harrison, wanted to play Yahtzee with his Florida and Arizona families for his birthday. So, we did! We made a great family memory that night.

Shop and eat locally. Our town is famous for our quaint little shops and the best food around. We need to help keep their doors open. Lots of people start their holiday shopping around Thanksgiving. Supporting our local businesses brings the community together, which is something we can all be thankful for.

In the spirit of the season, I want to thank the staff at East Coast Current. Thank you for continuing to run my column and share my thoughts and stories as we work together in “Finding Beauty.”

Happy Thanksgiving!

Karin Jenkins is a Licensed Esthetician, Makeup Artist, and the author of the book, “Pageant Land and the Family Who Lived There.” She has been involved in all aspects of the beauty industry and in show business for over 30 years. Karin is the mother of two and the grandmother of four. She and her husband David co-own the local family business - Applause Salon in New Smyrna Beach. (386) 426-5454

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  1. Things are going to be tough for many Families this Christmas season, so if you can pick up an extra item or 2 to donate, do it. Put a smile on someone’s face this Christmas

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