Hello, Friends. How are you? Did you have a good week? We are in full holiday season mode at our house. For the first time in a long time we made a simple advent calendar. It’s just 24 little envelopes with an index card inside, with a simple activity written on the card — things like Read The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, or Hot Cocoa Bar, or Window Shop on Main Street, or Watch The Santa Clause. I put a chocolate inside each envelope too.

I can’t believe how nice it’s been to have something for the family to look forward to each day. And as a bonus, it’s really helpful for making sure I actually do the things I like to do during the holidays. If you’re wishing you had started one on the first, why not just start today? It doesn’t need to be fancy and your kids will love it!

But I know you’re here for the link list, so I’ll jump right in. Here are a few things I’ve wanted to share with you:

-Research suggests the most effective way to help poor people can be to give them no-strings-attached cash. A new study finds a ripple effect: Cash transfers to some families can benefit the whole community.

-When Does America Reckon with the Gravity of Donald Trump’s Alleged Rapes?

-Best holiday office party story of all time.

Inside the hate factory: how Facebook fuels far-right profit. A network of far-right pages on Facebook “churn out more than 1,000 coordinated faked news posts per week to more than 1 million followers, funneling audiences to a cluster of 10 ad-heavy websites and milking the traffic for profit.”

The best films of 2019 according to the The Atlantic. I’ve only seen two of them. How about you? Any favorites for from this year that aren’t on the list?

-The cruelty is the point. Nearly 700,000 people will lose food stamps with this Trump administration rule change.

Flip Flops for fans of impeachment.

-Have you heard of Peloton? I guess I’m out of the loop because I’d never heard of the company until a holiday ad for their stationary bikes went viral this week. Despite the ad being mocked, apparently they have a huge dedicated fanbase — here’s an essay about the “tribe of Peloton”.

Payless Shoes opened a fake pop-up store called “Palessi” in a Los Angeles mall and invited people to the grand opening. The store was stocked with Payless shoes in disguise. One shopper spent $640 for a pair of boots.

-Nazis defaced over 100 Jewish graves in France.

-Pinterest and The Knot are going to stop promoting wedding content that romanticizes former slave plantations.

15 Gorgeous handmade gift ideas.

Here are a few tweets I’ve saved for you:

Relationship advice.

-A list of women who should be financially compensated.

-No shame in getting a little help. : )

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. I’ll meet you back here on Monday. I miss you already.

kisses,
Gabrielle