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And, increasingly, this is how many people kick off the holiday season on what is becoming a strange “holiday” in its own right, “Black Friday.” Which started on Thanksgiving this year in many locations. But that’s not my bag. And if you found your way here, you’re either here because it’s not your bag, either – or because you’re lost, looking for the entrance of the Mall.

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While Christmas movies are a dime a dozen, there are precious few movies that focus on that other venerable holiday here in the U.S.: Thanksgiving. There is one, however, which is very funny – and maybe a bit too “close to home”  if your family tends towards “dysfunctional.”
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“Home For the Holidays” (1995)

  • Starring: Holly Hunter, Robert Downey, Jr., Anne Bancroft, Charles Durning, Geraldine Chaplin, Steve Guttenberg
  • Director: Jodie Foster
  • Summary: Fights and reconciliations mark a single mom’s (Holly Hunter) Thanksgiving with her dysfunctional Baltimore clan.  [ full synopsis]
  • Airs Locally (Whatcom/Skagit):
    • KVOS 12 Thu, Nov 26, 8:00 pm
    • LIFE 51 Sun, Nov 29 5:00pm

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Unemployed art conservator, single mom and city girl (Holly Hunter), picked up by her parents (Charles Durning, Anne Bancroft) at the airport, heads home for Thanksgiving with the whole family. Dad probably shouldn't be driving anymore.

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Tacoma Holiday Food and Gift festival 2009

  • What: One of largest holiday gift shows in the United States, with more than 600 displays and exhibits: arts and crafts, gifts, gourmet food and live entertainment. Limited daycare  is available, courtesy of Child’s Time, Inc., daily at no charge. Convenient, on-site parking at the Tacoma Dome.
  • Where: Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, WA [map]
  • When: Wednesday, October 21, 11:00am – 7:00 pm
    • Thursday, October 22, 10:00am – 7:00 pm
    • Friday, October 23,  10:00am – 9:00 pm
    • Saturday, October 24, 10:00am – 9:00 pm
    • Sunday, October 25,  10:00am – 6:00 pm
  • For more information, see the official website.
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  • TipEven if you don’t buy a single thing, gift shows such as this are great places to get ideas for do-it-yourself holiday projects.


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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Thanksgiving

What: Traditional Thanksgiving dinner for Seniors.
Where: Five Columns Restaurant, 1301 E. Maple St, Bellingham, WA [map]
When: 12:00pm-2:00pm, Thanksgiving Day.
Please call 676-9900 for reservations.

Brotherhood of Humankind

What: Traditional Thanksgiving meals for all.
Where: Good Burger, 5962 Guide Meridian, Bellingham, WA (Laurel District) [map]
When: 1:00pm-5:00pm Thanksgiving Day.

Brotherhood of Humankind

What: Day-after-Thanksgiving potluck with live entertainment. Admission is free to those who bring a leftover Thanksgiving dish (or something made from leftovers, presumably). All others, $5.00 cover.
Where: Green Frog Cafe & Acoustic Tavern, 902 N. State St., Bellingham, WA [map]
When:
8:00pm, Fri. November 28

Brotherhood of Humankind

What: Day after Thanksgiving Dinner
Where: Church of the Assumption Gymnasium, 2116 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham, WA [map]
When: 12:00pm-2:00pm, Friday, Nov. 28th

Brotherhood of Humankind

What: Holiday Dinner
Where: Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1708 I St. [map]
When: 11:30am-1:30pm, Wed., November 26

Brotherhood of Humankind

What: Thanksgiving Dinner w/live music.
Where: Old Town Cafe, 316 W. Holly St., Bellingham, WA [map]
When: 10:00am-3:00pm, Thanksgiving Day

Brotherhood of Humankind

What: “Salt on the Street”
Where: Louis Auto Glass parking lot, 1512 N. State St., Bellingham, WA [map]
When: 7:00pm- 10:00pm, Saturday, November 29

Brotherhood of Humankind

What: Thanksgiving Dinner
Where: United Church of Ferndale, 2034 Washington Ave., Ferndale, WA [map]
When: 12:00pm, Thanksgiving Day.

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A lot of holiday stress can be attributed to lack of organization. Possibly you have these amorphous thoughts floating around in your head about what needs to be done, but you never sit down and make out a list or a schedule. Perhaps you don’t even evaluate how much you can–or how much you want to spend–this year. Then the 15th of December rolls around, and just like last year, you haven’t made any preparations at all….

So you stress. And come New Year’s Day, you’re exhausted and you’re glad it’s over for another year.

Get yourself organized. Get a blank calendar, and start planning out every aspect of your holiday season. There is something about getting all the plans out on paper that is both stress-reducing and liberating. Not only that, but after you’ve finished filling out your calendar, you can ruminate over it for a few days and decide what you need or would like to hack out to make things easier on you and yours.

No excuses. Here is a link to a site where you can design and print out as many custom, full page blank calendars as you’d like, for free – no membership necessary, no leaving your e-mail address. 100% free, no strings attached. You can even personalize your calendar(s) with a photograph(s).

samplecalendarA reduced-size version of a blank calendar created for free at dayweekyear.com.

Do it NOW. Don’t wait. To give you some ideas on how to go about scheduling, see my  posts from last year: Tips for Simplifying the Holiday Dinner & Holiday Dinners Don’t Have to Be a Lot of Work. You may also want to have a look at the posts

Lastly, here’s a Christmas schedule that no one but Martha Stewart would attempt. 😉

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