Where are you heading for the holidays? We’re flying out this afternoon to Palm Springs and LA, where we’ll be visiting Alex’s family. And this year, my dad, brother and sister are also joining, so it will be a fun, noisy group! Please wish us luck on the flight (gulp), and have a wonderful weekend. Here are a few great links from around the web…

A song for your weekend.

For people who love words.

Two appetizers for the holidays: Crispy goat cheese and brussel sprouts crostini.

Beautiful state necklaces.

Now that’s a brave woman!

What a cool treehouse wedding.

Is this banana slicer for real?

Origami for beginners.

Seven pretty outfits.

A dad’s pancake upgrade.

Chris Rock’s hilarious stand-up is actually right on.

The Polar Bear Club is insane.

In case you’ve forgotten: how to eat dinner & how to drink wine.

Pete Souza has taken thousands of powerful photos of Obama, but here are some sweet and funny ones: one, two, three, four, five.

A reader also emailed me this etiquette question: “For the past two years, my boss has handed me an envelope (with a generous gift card inside). Not sure what to do, I’ve waited until afterward to open it. Is this appropriate or sketchy? I felt so awkward last year!” Thoughts?