The pandemic, the upcoming American election, and the overall state of the world can leave one feeling just a tad bit down. However, there’s always something to be thankful for, and we can have a thankful pandemic Thanksgiving. This year, our Toast Team selected 5 top picks that you can focus on being grateful for this Thanksgiving.
1. Thankful for teachers
Here’s a teaching moment — teachers during any time of the year are always something to be thankful for. But this year, it’s especially true. Whether in-class or through online learning, they’re doing amazing work keeping students motivated, safe and on task, while most parents still need to stay home and work remotely.
2. Thankful for frontline workers
Our frontline workers can’t be thanked enough. The countless paramedics, nurses, doctors, personal support workers, and more have put so much on the line to help us and protect our health during these “uncertain times.” Not only that, but our Starbucks baristas and grocery clerks who kept working throughout the pandemic, and our waiters and our retail workers at the malls who have also given us a sense of normality and comfort when we needed it most.
3. Thankful for each other
Obvious and cheesy, we know, but hey — we made it through this year together. Through FaceTime, Zoom, via text, or even in person (safely and from a distance), having others around kept us sane. With restrictions changing what seems like every day, it’s nice to know that you have a constant support group of friends and family only a message or call away.
4. Thankful for the return of sports
Sports came back this summer! Maybe not live and in stadiums and arenas, but nonetheless, we still witnessed the same emotions as we would in-person when the Tampa Bay Lightning won one of most historical Stanley Cups and will have more hockey games to watch and look forward to with the winter months to come. The NHL’s, MBA’s and NBA’s safe return to play has ensured that with the protocols and restrictions in place, the NFL and NHL seasons can start up again this winter, so there will be enough in the sports realm to keep us entertained as we head into the cold Canadian winter.
5. Thankful for the Internet
Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime, social media — all are an absolute necessity during lockdown. What would we do without watching season 2 of Selling Sunset, or all the drama unfold on YouTube within the beauty community (again). Could you imagine being in lockdown with no internet?! Thank you to the countless amount of TV shows, movies and comedy specials that were released and gave us a laugh when we needed it the most.
The Toast team appreciates those who have kept us safe, healthy and entertained; there is always something or someone to be thankful for — and with that, cheers to our frontline workers, teachers, friends and family, athletes and entertainers who have helped us immensely during these crazy times. Have a safe Thanksgiving celebration and don’t forget to think on the brighter side this year!
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