What’s in, what’s out: Blessed Friday, generosity & the Great Barrier Reef

Can’t keep up with what’s in fashion? Check out our handy chart of what’s trending and what’s totally passé.

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Thanksgiving

What’s in:

Well-priced poultry. Hey, here’s something to be grateful for this Thanksgiving—for the first time in two years, the cost of traditional Thanksgiving dinner has decreased, largely thanks to the star of the show. Turkey in 2016 cost 30 cents less than it did in 2015.

What’s out:

Ritualistic turkeys. Nowadays, the only ritual we have with turkey is eating it. But new archaeological evidence shows that in Mexico’s Oaxaca valleys, turkeys played an important role in more ways than one … as far back as 1,500 years ago. This includes ritual use of the birds for funeral sacrifices.

Shopping

What’s in:

Black Friday savings. If you’re looking to score a few sweet deals this week, you’re in luck—retailers from Best Buy to Amazon are slashing prices in honor of this unofficial shopping holiday.

What’s out:

“Black Friday.” Churches across the nation are giving Black Friday a new moniker—”Bless Friday.” They will be setting aside November 25 to honor Jesus Christ through a day of service. Although this charitable holiday was conceptualized in 2010, it seems to be taking off this year. What a blessing, indeed!

Ecology

What’s in:

Great Barrier Reef babies. Well, sort of. On November 21, the Great Barrier Reef experienced a mass coral spawning event. Given the grim reports on the future of the reef, reproduction on such a large scale can only be a good sign.

What’s out:

The Dead Sea. Tragically, the great salt lake known as the Dead Sea isn’t faring so well. According to the environmental organization EcoPeace Middle East, the lake is retreating from the shores of Israel, Jordan and Palestine at a staggering rate of more than three feet per year.

Check out the salt crust in the rocks #DeadSea #Jordan #salty

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Holy music

What’s in:

Christmas carols, Dominican friar-style. If you’re looking for some sweet sounds to herald the holiday season, look no further than the stunning new Christ Was Born To Save album just released by the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. It’s quite literally music to your ears!

What’s out:

Resounding irony. Talk about flipping the scripts—an atheist talk radio station based out of Wisconsin just got the boot for, get this, 24/7 Christmas music. In its new incarnation, the former “92.1 The Mic” is now “92.1 BestFM—Madison’s Home for the Holidays.

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Travel

What’s in:

The world’s biggest Lego store. Looking for the perfect holiday getaway for the fam? Then you’re gonna want to check out the world’s largest Lego store, which opened on Thursday in London’s Leicester Square. Lego Shakespeare? Lego Big Ben replica? Lego everything?! Yes, please.

How do I get the job to play and build lego all day!!? #lego #masterbuilder #legostorelondon #brick #lester

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What’s out:

Holiday travel to Europe. In response to “credible” information that ISIS and other terrorist organizations have attacks planned in Europe over the holiday season, the U.S. State Department is warning American travelers to be extremely cautious should they choose to travel to Europe for the holiday season. And, yes, that includes visits to the aforementioned Lego wonderland.

Money

What’s in:

Generosity. Research consulting company Gallup has released the results of a poll seeking to find the most generous countries in the world. The U.S. came in at number two. According to the report, the most generous country in the world is the small southeast Asian country of Burma.

What’s out:

Avarice. While speaking to a group of priests on Friday, Pope Francis cautioned the holy men about the “lord of money,” saying, “This is the lord that can ruin our life and can lead us to end our life in a bad way, without happiness, without the joy of serving the true Lord, who is the only one capable of giving us that true joy.”

Pop culture

What’s in:

Using celebrity to change hearts. While on stage at the American Music Awards on Sunday, pop singer Selena Gomez thanked her fans with a call to action. “I don’t want to see your bodies on Instagram. I want to see what’s in here,” she urged, gesturing to her heart.

What’s out:

Our ’90s sitcom bubble. Welp, it turns out when it comes to the popular ’90s sitcom Friends, the stars weren’t all there for the iconic theme song. In fact, none of them were really fans at all, Jennifer Aniston revealed during a BBC interview.

Food

What’s in:

Red wine hot chocolate. In what might be the greatest holiday food trend to emerge, well, ever, the hottest new yuletide trend is hot chocolate mixed with red wine. How have we not been doing this all along?

What’s out:

Hummus. Bad news for those of us who love to nosh on hummus. Popular brand Sabra has recalled multiple varieties of their tasty Mediterranean treat over concerns of possible listeria contamination. The voluntary recall includes products from the brand with a “best before” date of January 23, 2017 or earlier—so check your labels, hummus aficionados.

Agriculture

What’s in:

A harvest of the heart. In the wake of the tragic loss of their four-year-old granddaughter, the Wollyung family of Indiana couldn’t see past their grief to harvest the last 112 acres of their farm. When the local community caught wind of this, though, more than 60 people spanning several counties rallied together to help clear the fields.

What’s out:

Soybean leaves. As in, the fewer the better! Scientists have pinpointed part of the problem with modern soybean crops is that they produce too many leaves, and it affects their yield. When they manually cut off new leaflets as they sprout, they are able to increase bean yield by an impressive eight percent.

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Julie Sprankles
Julie Sprankles
Julie is an entertainment and lifestyle writer living in the coastal mecca of Charleston, SC. When she isn't wordsmithing, she can be found DIY-ing any inanimate object in her reach, watching campy SyFy creature features, and trying to convince the tiny humans residing in her home to clean their rooms.

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