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It's mid-November, and our neighbors have their Christmas trees up and lit already.

And you know what? We're not mad about it. Deck those halls if the spirit moves you. Is that Mariah Carey we hear in the distance? Turn it up!

In the spirit of seeking joy and light, we're sharing the stories and images that made us smile this week. Enjoy!

This week, a family welcomed a special baby girl...

After 14 sons, Michigan parents (and grandparents!) Kateri and Jay Schwandt welcomed their first daughter, Maggie Jayne, nearly three decades after the birth of their first child.

Maggie Jayne Schwandt was born Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, at a hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich.Jay Schwandt / AP

"This year has been memorable in so many ways, for so many reasons, but Maggie is the greatest gift we could ever imagine," said the proud dad.

... and another introduced us to a special son

Ree Drummond, also known as "The Pioneer Woman," revealed in a blog post that her family welcomed a foster son, Jamar, 18.

Drummond and her husband Ladd met Jamar at high school football practices in their hometown.

Drummond with her foster son, Jamar.Ree Drummond

“Jamar’s circumstances presented themselves to us in a way we couldn’t ignore — so, long story short, all six foot five inches of him showed up at our house one afternoon, bag in hand, ready to move in,” she wrote.

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This baby shocked her dad with some verbal chops...

TikTok user @amerikoni seemed a bit surprised when his baby girl played right along with his "Dad and Baby Breaking News" video by saying her first (adorable) word.


DAD AND BABY ACTION NEWS BREAKING NEWS ALERT!! BABY’S FIRST WORDS! ##dad ##baby ##fy ##fyp ##dban ##babiesoftiktok ##cutebaby

♬ original sound - Amerikoni

...and this toddler shocked us all with some literal chops

Two-year-old Ilirian Kameraj already knows how to chop vegetables like a pro and roast a chicken. Yes, after only two years on the planet, little Ilirian is already more accomplished in the kitchen than some full grown adults are and has amassed an impressive fanbase on Instagram and TikTok.

This family welcomed a baby after unimaginable loss..

YouTuber Brittani Boren Leach's 3-month-old son Crew passed away 10 months ago after he stopped breathing while he was down for a nap on Christmas. This week, Leach, 29, gave birth to baby boy Cole.

Leach revealed that she packed her late child’s stuffed animal in her overnight bag for the hospital. “I sleep with Crew’s llama every night, so of course he’s here with me,” she wrote.

YouTuber Brittani Boren Leach gave birth to a baby boy 10 months after her son Crew passed away suddenly at 3 months old.brittaniborenleach/ Instagram

...and this family proves that after divorce, there can still be incredible acts of love

TikTok user @kelleylorraine shared a video of the moment she surprised her stepchildren with a visit from their mom, and... sorry, something is in our eyes. We need a moment.


Pulling off this surprise was one of the best parts of 2020 @diazshei @anacarinaa_ @aolani_michelle @jojosh000 ##exprESSIEyourself ##momlife

♬ Coming of Age - Blondes

Leslie Odom Jr. and wife Nicolette Robinson revealed why these holidays will be extra special...

Broadway stars Leslie Odom Jr. ("Hamilton's" original Aaron Burr, sir) and Nicolette Robinson ("Waitress") aren't willing to "wait for it" when it comes to the holidays this year... but their best gift will be the baby boy they are expecting in March! Big-sister-to-be Lucy, 3, is already getting excited about her new role.

... and this little girl has the right answer when it comes to her Christmas wishlist

Same, girl. Same.

And finally, a gift for all of us:

We had to share this video of TikTok user @alec.reed surprising his friends at school after being away for 10 months, because... well, you'll see. There is a reason it has 11.4 million views.

As one commenter said, "It's the slapping on masks while SPRINTING outside for me."

Share this with the people you would love to be reunited with right now, and look forward to moments like these! They are coming.