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What went viral this week: a new take on Elf on a Shelf + one girl's awesome facemask

Here are the stories that are making us smile.

Thanksgiving is nearly here and let's be honest - this is a particularly stressful year. Whether you're struggling to find ingredients for your favorite dishes or feeling blue about a pared-down holiday gathering, we get it. The holidays aren't always jolly—especially during a pandemic.

Here are some stories that are making us smile. We hope they lift your spirits, too.

Girl goes viral for her epic mask choice

When mom Raena Granberry asked her five-year-old daughter, Justice, to put on a mask before a shopping trip, she wasn't expecting this.

"I told my daughter to grab her mask so we can go to the store. This was the mask she grabbed," Cranberry tweeted, along with a picture of Justice wearing a costume mask from The Mandalorian, Disney+'s Star Wars series.

Justice finished off her shopping look with a Peppa Pig shirt, sparkly, pink tutu, and her Barbie doll.

The picture quickly went viral, with over 800,000 likes on Twitter.

Granberry told Buzzfeed that Justice also wore a cloth mask, too – just under her much cooler Mandalorian mask.

"Let these kids be who they are. They're gonna be that anyway, so the more you foster it and love them and let it be, the more awesome they get to be and shine for the world and make them happy," Granberry said to Buzzfeed.

We agree!

The Elves on the Shelf are back… and in quarantine

We love this mom's take on the return of the Elf on the Shelf!

Mom Whitney Carswell posted a photo to Instagram of her two little ones dressed up like Santa's helpers… and in quarantine.

"Just arrived in the mail! They are BACK! 14 days ahead of the schedule to quarantine!" she wrote, along with hashtags like "#responsibleelves" and "elfontheshelf2020."

Her little elves are snuggled up in a box labeled, "Quarantine Area," with the message from Santa that reads, "Elves traveling from the North Pole must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival."

They're also accompanied by some useful gifts from Santa, like toilet paper and Lysol spray.

If your family takes part in the Elf on the Shelf tradition, you might want to take a note from Carswell. When you break out your Elf from storage this year, feel free to set him or her up in quarantine.

Safety first, after all.

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