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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! What are your plans? We are in San Francisco visiting my sister and niece. The cousins are excited to hot tub together! Hope you have a yummy one, and here are a few fun links from around the web…

A compelling case for winter.

Love this comic.

The #1 thing on my kids’ wishlist, haha.

13 things to talk about at Thanksgiving that aren’t politics.

Alison Roman makes Thanksgiving in her very small kitchen. (New York Times)

How to help control holiday gifts from relatives.

Al Pacino and Robert De Niro’s 50-year friendship.

Modern Love tattoos!

Beautiful news daily.

Could you live in a tiny home on wheels?

Finally, here are 6 crazy amazing sales:
* J.Crew is up to 60% off with code SHOPFIRST. (These would make a cute gift.)
* Madewell is 30% off with code GIFTWELL. Their gift guide is so helpful.
* Shopbop is up to 25% off full price and up to 75% off sale with code MORE19 (Love this dress.)
* Dermstore is up to 30% off with code DSGIFT.
* Eloquii is 50% off everything.
* And Nordstrom is having a HUGE sale.

Have a good one! Xo

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(Photo of apple crisp by Claire Tansey.)

  1. Elizabeth Spence says...

    My daughter saw the pic of the apple crisp and we had it on Sunday night. Delicious! Thank you

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i’m so glad!

  2. Mary says...

    Thank you for posting Alison Roman’s piece – her video is priceless. I need to save and watch before T-day next year to keep it all in perspective!

  3. Melinda says...

    “Tiny home on wheels.” I like how mobile homes have been rebranded, because, why not? I wonder if any mobile home communities have renamed themselves as tiny house villages?

  4. lauren says...

    Me: Canadians could not be more delightful.
    Canada: Hold our beers. Here’s one for you as well, you look thirsty.

    • Agnes says...

      We have to look out for each other. It’s cold out there ;)

  5. Kyra says...

    Beautiful News Daily really lifted my spirits! Thank you for sharing.

  6. cate says...

    All of these pro-winter stories are about places where it is objectively beautiful in winter, with lots of snow and fun outdoor activities. In DC, it’s just, gray, cold and dark, hard to get as excited about it.

    • AB says...

      I grew up in the DC and moved to California not long ago. Though I largely agree with you, DC does have a sort of magic — like everyone eagerly watching the OPM status for snow days! One winter, I remember everyone brought their sleds to Meridian Hill and DIYed a course.

    • Christina says...

      Winter in the south of Sweden is anything but beautiful. Dark, no snow, lots of rain and every single day is windy. Come March and everything is thoroughly wet and the mud is overwhelming. But that feeling described in the article, the sense of ”we made it, we got through it” is the same. And lit candles and hot drinks makes it all more okay! :-)

    • Sasha L says...

      I love in one of those objectively beautiful winter places (Montana), and you are right. Six inches of fresh snow in the night and it’s incredibly beautiful today. Also, my husband drives snow plow and he went to work at 4 am and plowed for 8 hours straight with no break. God bless the snow plow drivers.

      Montana is lovely (also brutally cold) in the winter, and in the summer. Spring here is pointless. It’s either lots more winter or inkling of warm, quickly dashed by more winter. (Often ruining any blossoms) Followed by mud. Same for fall. It froze so hard so early this year our leaves didn’t even change color. Imagine that for a moment, Autumn….. with nothing but dead brown leaves hanging. It was barely above zero for Halloween.

      All this to say….isn’t spring lovely in DC? And doesn’t it come in March??? I feel like all I hear about is cherry blossoms…… And the Autumn leaves, aren’t those amazing too? I have to remind myself of the prettier happier seasons when the mud hits. The struggle is real.

    • Cate says...

      springtime is glorious here in DC, and winter is pretty short, so we do have that going for us. Just have to tough it out till the bulbs start popping up :)

  7. E.D says...

    I adored the article on winter. I’ve always loved the winter season, but I’ve been living in SE Asia for the last few years and it’s 33 degrees Celsius just about every day. I have a nearly desperate, visceral longing for winter. I dream of feeling the cold, bundling up in coats and gloves and scarves (I dearly miss scarves!), seeing my breath hang in the air, and kissing my children’s rosy, chilly cheeks.

  8. Cyn says...

    I made the apple crisp for Thanksgiving dessert. It was DELICIOUS and the whole family agreed it was so much better than pie.

  9. Sarah F says...

    In regards to the Jelly Belly wish- when you’re in SF you should visit the Jelly Belly factory in Fairfeild. The boys would have a blast! You can try all the flavors, see how they are made, and buy Belly Flops – the beans that don’t make the quality control check. Everything, except the gift shop, is free.

  10. Jana says...

    I just have to echo your other readers’ delight at seeing the Globe and Mail Article and winter listed in your reads. It’s a beautiful article I can relate to as a Canadian and Alberta. Thanks for making us feel seen :)

    • Christina says...

      It works for Scandinavians too :-)!

  11. Alex says...

    “I can´t believe I´m beautiful” – hahaha. Been there, done that ;)

  12. Al says...

    Woah, the Globe and Mail article! It feels like when a friend introduces you to their new friend, but turns out you were friends with them in high school! I am Canadian and the other site I hit up in the morning while drinking my coffee is the Globe, and specifically to read the essays from readers across the country- makes me feel so connected in a world so desperate to tear people apart.

    • Hello fellow Canadian! Came here to say this!

    • Vanessa says...

      Yes! I felt the same way when the link opened up to a G&M article. That piece reminded me of the song Mon pays c’est l’hiver.

  13. Happy Thanksgiving! And great picks for reading over the long weekend too.

    Dee

  14. Amanda says...

    Your Friday round up is consistently a highlight of my week. Thank you for taking the time to put it together. Would you consider noting when a link is on Amazon, like you do for several media sources? I read your posts on my mobile, and Amazon links kick to the app with no easy return to the post. Thanks for considering.

  15. Jo says...

    Happy Thanksgiving!
    Will be spending my day cooking and watching the parade, dog show, etc. Was planning on a low key day with just immediate family but people keep asking to stop by. The more the merrier, I say!
    I’ll be making the apple crops too, can’t wait to try it.

  16. Alissa says...

    I highly recommend getting Bean Boozled for your boys, preferably to open and enjoy amongst family. Our whole crew was together this summer and there is nothing funnier than witnessing Grandpa eating dirty dishwater or your aunt eating booger flavored jelly beans. Gross, but hilarious!

  17. Tara says...

    The winter article feels more like a poem to me. I live in northern-ish Alberta, Canada, and felt it deeply resonate with my heart. My son, who is 3, has been so very excited for winter this year. Every time it snows he is absolutely gleeful and he keeps asking “is it winter yet!?”. It has reminded me that winter is special and fun and full of it’s own thrills and adventures. His joy has changed my outlook, and I am very grateful.

    • Winteryouaight says...

      Hello from a fellow Alberta girl!
      Born and raised in Calgary. I’m trying to warm up to winter instead of dreading it. My goal is to blast through it like the author said. Specifically going on more winter walks and hikes. As was said in another post on this site “no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes”. I’m not letting Netflix win this year haha.

  18. Emily B says...

    My brother got one of those boxes of jelly bellies for christmas when we were kids! My aunt knocked over the box so all the flavours got mixed up….Not sure if he ever forgave her :)

  19. Andie says...

    It has been a tradition since I was a very little kid that my brother and I receive that giant box of jelly beans from our parents every year! In fact, if it were missing from under the tree, it wouldn’t feel quite like Christmas. I am now 37 and my brother is 40 and we still get it in the mail, even though we are scattered across the country.

  20. Tovah says...

    I just made Alison Roman’s apple galette for tomorrow and it smells delish! She is amazing and I want to be her friend.

    • Sasha L says...

      She’s on the first episode of Gee Thanks Just Bought It, fun new Forever 35 podcast. It’s really fun!

  21. Oh how my heart swelled at seeing a Globe and Mail first person (formerly facts & arguments) essay on COJ! As an Ontario-born winter lover, I adored the sentiment of Nikaela’s lovely piece. If you’re looking for another sweet ode to the snowy season, I HIGHLY recommend Adam Gopnik’s “Winter: Five Windows on the Season” from the 2011 Massey Lectures. It houses many of the mantras I find myself muttering on long winter runs!

  22. Marcia says...

    As I was reading the story about winter, I kept thinking how familiar the description of winter was. We often bond with strangers in the winter, commenting on the snow while waiting for the bus, or walking to the car; sometimes grimly, other times cheerfully. And then I noticed that the author is from Winnipeg! My hometown! No wonder the description of winter was so familiar! ❤️

    • Jessica says...

      Same, Marcia! ❤️

  23. Amanda G says...

    Happy Thanksgiving, COJ!

    Another great sale – Nisolo! I treated myself to a pair of their Chelsea boots from the Commuter Collection (waterproof) after wanting them for many, many months. They already have a decent sale going on (the boots were marked to $182 from $228) but they gave all their email subscribers an additional 25% off to use on top of the sale prices (!!!). Yippee!!

  24. I am working a 10 hour day, and an 8 hour day Black Friday :(

    If I had one wish, it would be that all retail stores go back to being closed on Thanksgiving so we can have family time also. Please consider shopping small this year, rather than these big box corporations! (I’m grateful that they pay the bills, and I’m definitely making overtime but … I’d rather have a family meal tomorrow :/)

    • Leah says...

      I agree with you! I refuse to shop on Thanksgiving, and Black Friday has become Black All Week Long. I prefer Small Business Saturday. I went to a wonderful outdoor Makers Mart today, plus an antique mall and a tiny locally owned stationery/gift store today and made purchases from each. Please know that there are people out here who feel the same as you!

    • Sasha L says...

      Hugs Jill. For this reason we haven’t shopped on Thanksgiving or black Friday, well, ever. How is it that Americans choose to spend the holiday that’s supposed to be about gratitude, buying stuff none of us even need? I will never get it.

    • Julie says...

      I’m so sorry you had to work! I only shop on Small Business Saturday, I live in an area of Philly with a Main Street that has a number of great shops and restaurants, so I try and make time to shop there every year. (this year alas I had a baby shower, so I’m going this weekend instead).