As it cools down here in the Treasure Valley, we can't help but think about the Holidays and how different they'll be this year. To many families in Idaho, they'll mean a lot more than in a normal year.

Covid-19 has effected every part of the country differently but I think for us here in the Treasure Valley, as we get closer to the holidays, a lot of different thoughts and emotions come to mind. While there are a lot of Treasure Valley natives, there are also a lot of transplants. For me, most of my family lives in Las Vegas and I have seen very little of them this year. I flew out to visit with my mom, my brother, sister and nieces and nephews once, and my dad visited me here once, but other than that, I haven't seen much of my family or my friends outside of Idaho at all.

Well, it turns out, I'm not alone, and neither are you. According to the Sun, people are making Christmas plans much earlier this year than ever before because they are feeling more sentimental than ever before, they're missing family members more than ever before. A lot of people are planning on making gifts, cards, phone calls and Facetimes more of a priority than ever before, despite the fact that this year has been particularly hard from a financial standpoint.

I imagine, that despite Dr. Fauci's recommendation that we should try not to have large family gatherings this year, that many people will make an exception for the holidays because they're missing their loved ones.

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