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Feeling grateful! Thanksgiving celebrations may have looked a little different than usual in 2020, but despite the coronavirus pandemic, stars were still able to make the most of the special holiday.

Many famous families observed the recommended health and safety protocol by paring down their guest lists for their Thanksgiving dinners. Reese Witherspoon celebrated small with her husband, Jim Toth, posing happily around their dinner table. The pair’s 8-year-old son, Tennessee, stood alongside 21-year-old Ava Phillippe and 17-year-old Deacon Phillippe, who the 44-year-old Legally Blonde actress shares with ex Ryan Phillippe.

“Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours,” Witherspoon captioned the sweet Instagram photo on Thursday, November 26. “Feeling very grateful for all the frontline workers, medical workers and people who are caring for others today. And I’m deeply grateful for ALL of you! Sending my LOVE. 🥰🦃🍁🥧❤.”

In a year filled with uncertainty, stars cherished the moments they could spend with their loved ones. Gwyneth Paltrow paid tribute to her late father, Bruce Paltrow, who died in October 2002.

“On this November 26th, I was able to visit my father’s resting place (on his birthday) with these two loves of my life,” the Goop founder, 48, wrote via Instagram as she posed with daughter Apple, 16, and son Moses, 14. Gwyneth shares the teens with ex-husband Chris Martin, from whom she split in March 2014. “Happy thanksgiving. Life has incredible highs and lows. Perhaps feeling it all at the same time is the art. 💖,” she added.

Despite the big changes brought on by the COVID-19 crisis, plenty of stars still kept busy in the kitchen and cooked up a storm for their holiday get-togethers. Chrissy Teigen uploaded a handful of videos to her Instagram Story on Thursday, giving fans a behind-the-scenes look at how she was preparing a prime rib roast for husband John Legend and their quarantine pod.

Following their family dinner, Legend, 41, took to Instagram to note that he was “so so grateful” to have spent the holiday with his wife, 34, after a tough year. The Voice coach posted a sweet snapshot of the Cravings cookbook author sitting with 4-year-old daughter Luna and 2-year-old son Miles. Nearly two months earlier, Teigen suffered a devastating pregnancy loss and the duo have been open about grieving their third baby, son Jack.

Scroll down to see how more stars — including Jennifer Aniston and Jimmy Fallon — celebrated Thanksgiving!

Reese Witherspoon

The Big Little Lies star celebrated Thanksgiving with a full house filled with smiles. “Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours,” Witherspoon captioned a festive Instagram pic of herself, her husband and her three kids. “Feeling very grateful for all the frontline workers, medical workers and people who are caring for others today. And I’m deeply grateful for ALL of you! Sending my LOVE. 🥰🦃🍁🥧❤️.”


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Gwyneth Paltrow

“On this November 26th, I was able to visit my father’s resting place (on his birthday) with these two loves of my life. Happy Thanksgiving,” the Politician actress wrote via Instagram alongside a rare photo of her two kids. “Life has incredible highs and lows. Perhaps feeling it all at the same time is the art. 💖.”


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Courteney Cox

Talk about a #TBT! Cox gave Friends fans the perfect Thanksgiving treat as she recreated one of her most hilarious moments from the ’90s sitcom. “Since I’m the symbol of Thanksgiving, here you go, hope it makes you happy,” she joked in an Instagram video of herself dancing with a turkey on her head.


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John Legend and Chrissy Teigen

Nearly two months after suffering the heartbreaking loss of their third child, Jack, the Hollywood power couple embraced their loved ones on Thanksgiving Day. “So so grateful for these three. Happy Thanksgiving!” Legend wrote via Instagram alongside a sweet snapshot of Teigen, Luna and Miles.

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Tanner Tolbert

“Marinated this turkey for 9 months… it better be good 🦃 #happythanksgiving,” the Bachelorette alum teased in an Instagram post, dressing newborn son Reed in an adorable turkey costume. Tanner and his wife, Jade Roper, welcomed Reed earlier this month and also share daughter Emerson, 3, and son Brooks, 15 months.


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Jennifer Aniston

“We’re grateful 🙏🏼❤️,” the Friends alum captioned a cuddly Instagram post with her newest pup, Lord Chesterfield, on Thursday. The rescue dog joined Aniston’s previous pets, Clyde and Sophie, in October.


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“My 1st vegan holiday dinner,” the “Good as Hell” songstress wrote in an Instagram Story on Thursday morning as she panned over her spread of brussels sprouts, potatoes and more. In October, Lizzo marked six months of her vegan diet journey.

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Kerry Washington

The Little Fires Everywhere star hosted a virtual yoga class with her fans on Instagram Live to kick off the day of gratitude. “Thankful to all who came to yoga to breathe and sit in our gratitude. I’m thankful to all of you. Every day. For showing me love. I see it. And I give it right back!!!!!” she captioned a sun-kissed selfie on Thursday, encouraging her Instagram followers to “keep Native peoples in your thoughts and prayers today and throughout #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth.”


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Tyler and Hayley Hubbard

“GRATEFUL for our family and all the chaos in our life right now, among a zillion other things,” Hayley captioned a cozy Instagram photo on Thursday, watching the holiday parade in bed with her husband, who recently battled the coronavirus, and their three kids. “We got to watch the Thanksgiving day parade for 5 minutes together before kids went haywire and that feels like a victory. Wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving wherever and however you’re celebrating this year!🍁 #gratitude #thanksgiving.”


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Vanessa and Nick Lachey

The couple, who wed in 2011, were all smiles as they posed for a selfie with their three kids: sons Camden, 8, and Phoenix, 3, and daughter Brooklyn, 5. “Thankful for this Crazy Beautiful Life & Love. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!❤️ 👱🏼‍♂️👩🏽👦🏻👧🏼🧒🏻🐶,” Vanessa wrote via Instagram. 


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Jimmy Fallon

The late-night host and The Roots opened the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with an energetic dance number on Thursday morning. Before taking to the streets, Fallon wished his Instagram followers a happy holiday with a sneak peek at his performance.


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Justin Theroux

“Happy Thanksgiving!” the Leftovers alum wrote via Instagram alongside a black-and-white photo of himself sitting with precious pooch Kuma at the dinner table. “We’re doing this one alone so the rest can be with loved ones. Miss you mom. Be there soon.”


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Kelly Ripa

The former soap opera star shared a throwback photo of a past family Thanksgiving with husband Mark Consuelos and their kids: sons Michael, 23, and Joaquin, 17, and daughter Lola, 19. This year, the group celebrated with loved ones virtually. “Thanksgiving is not like last year, but we’re still grateful that our parents are getting the hang of FaceTime,” she wrote via Instagram. “Sort of. 🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃😂.”

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