'Simple and yet extraordinary': Hoda Kotb's favourite moment from this year was hugging her mum

Hoda Kotb and her family.
Hoda Kotb and her family. Photo: Instagram

If there's one thing 2020 has taught us, it's how important friends and family are.

TODAY host Hoda Kotb is one person grateful for the people in her life, naming her most memorable moment of the year her birthday in August, when she and her daughters were reunited with her mother, after social distancing due to COVID-19 since February.

Kotb and her TODAY co-host Jenna Bush Hager spoke to People magazine about their end of 2020 special, saying they're grateful for what this year taught them and that they've learn to cherish the small things in life.

"I think for every single person, when they get to hug someone they haven't seen in a while, that is probably the moment you don't forget," said Kotb, who shares her Haley Joy, three, and Hope Catherine, 20 months with fiancé Joel Schiffman.


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"And then watching her hug my kids just eclipsed that," she added. "I mean, I think that moment when you're like, 'Oh, my God, this is happening' and they would not let her go."

Bush Hager, who shares daughters Mila, seven, and Poppy, five, and son Hal, 16 months, with husband Henry Hager, agreed, reflecting that a year ago, something so simple wouldn't have been such a big deal.

"I think that that really is the beauty of this year," she said. "That the moment that we really cherish are simple and yet extraordinary."