This holiday season, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, many people are staying socially distanced from their loved ones, including Dr. Anthony Fauci and his wife Dr. Christine Grady.

Over StoryCorps Connect, Dr. Fauci and his wife — who met in 1983 while they were both working at the National Institutes for Health — spoke to each other about what it would be like to spend their first Thanksgiving away from their three daughters.

Photo: Dr. Anthony Fauci and his wife, Dr. Christine Grady. By Jey Born for StoryCorps.

Next, we hear from Kenneth Tan, who’s always reminded of his favorite person around the holidays: his grandmother, Crescenciana Tan, whom he called Lola (the Filipino word for grandmother). She died in 2016, at the age of 96. But when Kenneth and his mom, Olivia, sat down for StoryCorps, it was to celebrate his Lola’s life.

Photo: (L) Crescenciana Tan with grandson Kenneth and daughter Olivia at their home in San Jose, California in 1990. (R) The family in Oakland, California in 2016. Courtesy of Kenneth Tan. 

To close out the episode, host Kamilah Kashanie sat down for a conversation with her grandmother, Velma Hamilton.

Photo: Velma Hamilton celebrating Christmas in her Brooklyn home, December 1987. 

From holiday meals to memories of Grandma Hamilton’s beloved Brooklyn brownstone, they spoke about the lessons and traditions that have been passed down from one generation to the next.

Photo: (L) Elvira Heywood in front of her home, before church on Sunday. 1954. Kamilah Kashanie (R) celebrating her sixth birthday in the same home, 2001.                                                   

Top photo: Artwork by Lindsay Mound

Released on December 22, 2020