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One of the best parts of Thanksgiving is when the host brings out the huge bird for everyone to fawn over before finally carving it at the table. But while this year that bird will still be coming out, there’s a good chance it will be anything but big.

According to a report in Bloomberg, the biggest trend at this year’s Thanksgiving table could be a tiny turkey. The article suggests that smaller families are partially to blame for the emergence of the tiny turkey trend, but also note the preference for free-range birds, and concern over wasteful leftovers play a role.

“People are starting to understand it’s not natural to grow turkeys up to 30 pounds,” Ariane Daguin, co-founder and owner of D’Artagnan LLC, a wholesale and e-commerce food company in Union, New Jersey, says. “In general, that means they were penned up with no room to move around, and that’s why they’re fat like that.”

According to Bell & Evans, a 12-to 14 pound bird is still the biggest seller, but they are doing what they can to accommodate the tiny bird trend, and Butterball, known for their massive 30-pound birds, are also selling Lil’ Butterballs, that includes birds as tiny as six pounds. Hello Fresh is selling a 12- to 14-pound bird to feed 10 people, and Whole Foods even has a smaller bird to feed four guests, although they do say a 14- to 18-pound bird is their bestseller.

Source: Bloomberg

What’s not to love about spending Thanksgiving with friends, family, and lots of food? Having those loved ones bring up something insensitive at the dinner table. Sometimes people want to stir the pot, other times they just stick their foot in their mouth on accident, but this can all be avoided if we all agree not to bring up certain topics. Here are a few things you shouldn’t say at Thanksgiving because no one wants to be the one who ruins dinner.

  • “Why are you still single?” - This is never a good thing to bring up and it’s the 21st century, so just let people do what they want in their romantic lives and save the judgment.
  • “This [delicious Thanksgiving food] is so bad for me”- Nobody wants to hear how many carbs or how much sugar is in the feast you’re all enjoying, okay?
  • “When was the last time you went to [religious institution]?” - Shaming someone for not going to church or temple recently just doesn’t make for happy dinner conversation.
  • “Are you sure you want another serving?” - What’s the point of asking this? Yes, they want more, that’s why they reached for it, so let it go and pass the potatoes.
  • “Did you hear the news about Trump?” - Politics and gravy boats don’t mix, so skip the political controversies at Thanksgiving and stick to safe topics like your upcoming travel plans or the best movie you’ve seen lately.
  • “I earned this pie!” - It’s great you ran in a turkey trot today, but don’t act like you did it to compensate for dinner. Also avoid telling people about how you’re working out tomorrow to “burn off” your turkey dinner.
  • “Remember when you [did some embarrassing thing you hoped everyone forgot]?” - No one will ever appreciate you bringing this up, so please don’t.
  • “Woah, that’s a really big piece” - Hold back on this and other judgy comments like how many rolls someone has eaten or you’ll take the fun out of dinner.
  • “Is that all you’re eating?” - Same goes for comments about how little someone’s eating. Focus on what’s on your plate only, unless you’re a parent trying to make sure your toddler ate more than a roll.
  • “Oh, I’m not eating dessert. I’m on X diet…” - Nobody cares what diet you’re on and you shouldn’t try to make anyone feel badly for eating dessert on Thanksgiving.

Source: The Daily Meal

The holiday season is filled with excitement, but that can turn into financial panic by the time the bills start rolling in. According to a recent survey from Decluttr, the average person will spend $600 on holiday gifts this year. And unfortunately, 66-million people, which is about one in four of us, will go into debt this holiday season. But it is possible to make it through the next few weeks without going broke and these tips can help.

  • Turn off notifications for deals - Those emails we all get all the time from our favorite stores are a constant reminder to buy things we don’t really want or need, so take a break from them this holiday season. Unsubscribe from newsletters, silence notifications on your shopping apps and don’t buy things just because they’re deeply discounted.
  • Make a list and stick to it - It’s much easier to overspend when you don’t know exactly what you need. So as simple as it sounds, write down all the gifts you want to buy and follow your list, trying to find the best deals on those items … and those items only.
  • Leverage deals to replenish your essentials - Aside from the presents you need to get, holiday sales can help you snag staples for your own home with huge savings. Figure out what you need - a blender, bedding, or whatever - then check Black Friday and Cyber Monday discounts to get them for less.
  • Set boundaries with friends and family - Not everyone is in the same financial position and buying presents shouldn’t be a burden, so have talk with your loved ones about gift expectations. Maybe you agree to set limit on spending, or skip store-bought presents this year, but you’ve got to bring up the conversation first.
  • Remember: Browsing is shopping - Avoid falling into the “but it was such a good deal!” trap by not browsing for sales. If you’re searching for something specific, go on with the price checking, otherwise you’re setting yourself up to get sucked into those sparkly holiday deals.
  • Use points and perks to your advantage - Now’s the time to use up leftover gift card balances, as well as any points and perks you’ve earned that could help you save on your holiday shopping this year.

Source: Refinery29

This time of year is all about showing gratitude and giving back, but besides being a good thing to do, it’s also good for your health. Research shows volunteering and helping others can have a positive effect on both mental and physical health. Here are a few ways giving back is good for you.

  • You might feel a surge in happiness - A 2016 studyfinds that performing random acts of kindness for others can help boost your mood more than if you do something to help yourself.
  • Giving to others can boost your overall life satisfaction - Some studies, including one from 2017, find that people are happier overall when they give to others and the more they give, the happier they tend to be. It’s what they call “the joy of giving.”
  • Helping others may lower your blood pressure - Physical health can benefit from volunteering, too. According to one study, people who “give social support to others” typically have lower blood pressure.
  • Giving back could help you live longer - Some research suggests helping others is linked to a longer lifespan and one study finds that older adults who volunteered “were at lower risk for mortality four years later,” especially if they volunteered regularly.
  • Volunteering may help prevent cognitive issues later - Giving back comes with both short and long-term benefits and it’s never too late to start volunteering. According to a recent study, volunteering later in life may lower the risk of developing dementia in older folks and that’s enough of a reason we should all be doing more of it.

Source: Insider

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