Life has been different since the pandemic began last March. Large social gatherings have been dropped and seeing extended family has often been deferred. We’re in the beginning of the favorite time of year for many people. Colorful leaves, costumes at Halloween, Thanksgiving turkey, and then the holidays of Christmas and New Year provide a steady stream of fun and diversion. Perhaps this year is different, but we can still enjoy our favorite celebrations even if they are small and intimate. In some ways that may make it even better.