We've all been there. And even if we haven't, we can imagine the scene: Sitting around with your family on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Eve and even respective holiday in between. There are countless opportunities for joy and connection but also equal opportunities for boredom and awkwardness during times when we are supposed to be savoring the season and the company of those closest to us.

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Over the summer, the West Side of Manhattan sat in darkness, but the blackout didn't slow down the city that never sleeps. The casts of multiple Broadway shows sang in the streets, and one couple even got hitched.

The blackout interrupted the wedding of couple Amy and Craig, but they didn't let something like a national news-making blackout stop them from exchanging their vows. New York Times reporter Emma G. Fitzsimmons posted the couple's story on Twitter along with an epic photo of the couple in front of a darkened Plaza Hotel taken by the brother of the bride, Justin Rosenthal. Their story went viral.

"I've got a great story from the Great New York City Blackout of 2019," Fitzsimmons wrote. "This couple was getting married at The Plaza. The lights went out during the wedding. They said their vows in the dark. No food; just candles. But they made the best of the situation and danced the night away."

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There are millions of love stories in the world, but occasionally one stands out—like this one.

Falling in love is a universal human phenomenon without a universal definition. It can be a slow-building fire or a flash in the pan. It can happen over years, or over a single cup of coffee. Sometimes it fizzles and fades, and sometimes it lingers for a lifetime.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda is a ray of light in a world that can sometimes (OK, often) feel like it's shrouded in darkness.

The award-winning multi-hyphenate — He sings! He acts! He writes! He directs! He inspires you to do better while reminding you that you're good enough! — is always there to wish you a good morning.

And a good night.

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