Christmas is a time most people want to spend surrounded by family. But, in the world of the pandemic that is not possible this year. The CDC recommended the “safest way to celebrate the winter holidays is to celebrate at home with people who live with you.” This changed so many people’s plans for Christmas. Mandy Moore happened to be one of those people. The This Is Us star canceled her holiday plans with her family. And she announced via Instagram that she is celebrating Christmas with just her husband this year. Moore posted, “Personally, @taylordawesgoldsmith and I canceled plans to see family and are hunkering down at home, staying safe/binging plenty of tv and eating lots of baked goods.”
Mandy is keeping Christmas special
Moore and her husband of two years, Taylor Goldsmith are currently expecting their first child, so they are being cautious. But the Only Hope singer sent well wishes to everyone. “Sending all the well wishes for a happy and healthy holiday to you and yours, no matter what our celebrations might look like this year”. Mandy and Goldsmith have used their time together to collaborate on new music. Their original song is called, “How Can This Be Christmas”. Moore said she wanted to write a song about the holiday because of how different everything would be this year.
“The holidays are a tricky time, exacerbated all the more by this wild year…. so I’m holding extra space for those who have lost a loved one or a job, those weathering this time solo or away from loved ones, those just overwhelmed by the magnitude of all this year has been….. We got this, friends.”
We can do this
Mandy Moore has had a pretty tough month already though. The Tangled actress recently mourned the passing of her twelve-year-old dog Joni. Mandy said that despite Joni’s age, her death was unexpected. Joni had surgery the week prior and was recovering nicely. Mandy said, “I knew something was amiss when she, lifelong food-obsessed, didn’t finish her dinner and couldn’t get comfortable in bed”.
“There’s a deep chasm of emptiness that will never be filled but I am so grateful for her sweet nature and the endless connection, compassion, responsibility, patience and devotion that the love of a pet can bring into your orbit.”
She is sad that her son will not meet Joni. “I’m so sad she won’t get the chance to meet her human brother”. Mandy called Joni her “first and best friend”. “Through every twist and turn of life of this past decade and change, she was right there”. Loss and grief seem to be all too common this year, but Mandy concluded her Christmas post with a quote from Glennon Doyle. “We can do hard things.”
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