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The Complete 2018 Thanksgiving Guide (including Black Friday Sales)

This year, we’re spending a few days in Lake Tahoe before coming back to Davis to spend the holiday with friends and family. Aron will be on call, but we’re crossing our fingers for no emergencies. We’re also looking forward to some much-needed rain headed our way!

If you celebrate Thanksgiving, what will you be doing? Here’s a round-up of my favorite travel suggestions, cooking resources, and style ideas (including some tips from the archives). I’ll also be keeping the list of sales below updated in the coming days.

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What’s your Thanksgiving Dinner Style?

What’s your family’s Thanksgiving outfit style? Do you dress up, or put on elastic-waisted pants and a loose sweater?

This take on it, from Emily Farra, Vogue Senior Fashion News Writer, resonated with me: “No matter the occasion, I’m all about ‘doing you’ and wearing what makes you happy. But something about the holidays makes me want to go the polished and classic route—and not just to avoid questions about my outfit (an acquaintance recently saw my wide-leg jeans and said, a little backhandedly, ‘Are these something I should know about?’). In my mind, Thanksgiving looks like a Ralph Lauren ad: Fair Isle sweaters, leather boots, a roaring fire, and, in an ideal world, a few horses.”

What about you? I’m not sure what I’ll pick out yet for our family dinner yet, but here are some different routes I could see taking…

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The New Abnormal (& Friday Links)

It’s been like a permanent sunset since the fires started burning. It’s hard to believe it has been nearly a week. Classes at the University have been cancelled all week and our kids’ schools were cancelled today. Everyone is inside, hoping their filters are working as promised—the air outside is unhealthy to breathe—or moving about in particulate-masks. It’s an eerie scene.

And yet we’re lucky. Up north, the Camp Fires has become the deadliest in the state’s history, with close to 600 people still missing. Near Los Angeles, the Woolsey and Hill Fires have forced thousands to evacuate. So many people have lost their homes. The enormity of the disaster is heartbreaking.

According to Popular Science, “The state has been so parched that massive fires pop up all the time, and climate change isn’t helping. In the last few years huge swaths have dried up, burst into flames, and left blackened land to try to recover. Most of California’s hottest fires have burned since 2000—13 out of 20 total—as higher temperatures have made wildfires increasingly likely and destructive. Just in the last five years, this is how much of the state has burned.” 5,395,088 acres in the last five years alone. “Unfortunately, global warming will make it harder and harder to prevent and contain fires—until we address that issue, we’re in for a lot more burning.” And not just in California, but all over the world where places are parched.

Governor Jerry Brown called the intensifying situation the “new abnormal.”

The Union of Concerned Scientists is reporting on our impact on increasing CO2, and the big takeaway is this, “As individuals, we can help by taking action to reduce our personal carbon emissions. But to fully address the threat of global warming, we must demand action from our elected leaders to support and implement a comprehensive set of climate solutions.”

In the meantime, it’s touching to see so many people coming together to help, in so many different ways:

Here are ways support the fire survivors and first responders now. The fire departments have been asking that those who want to help to donate directly to charities equipped to deploy assistance to large groups of people who need help.

This beautiful photograph, “California Flourishing,” is just one of the many examples of small businesses offering to donate profits. This a partnership between photographer Crystal Lynn Collins and floral designers The Pollen Mill. 100% of the proceeds for this print will be donated to assist with relief efforts in California. (Feel free to leave any other suggestions in the comments.)

Thank you to those who have sent messages asking after our family. Next week is Thanksgiving, so I’ll be holding mine tightly, practicing gratitude, and keeping everyone affected by the fires in my thoughts.

In the meantime, some other Friday links of note… 

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