Kristen Stewart is the star of the lesbian Christmas movie you’ve been waiting for: Happiest Season.
LGBTQIA+ holiday movies are in short supply—Lifetime only just announced its first one this year—so Happiest Season is a breath of fresh air (and, hopefully, a sign of things to come). It centers on Abby (Kristen Stewart), who goes to meet her girlfriend Harper’s (Mackenzie Davis) family for the holidays. The only problem? Harper hasn’t told her family that she’s a lesbian, and they think Abby is just her friend…and also straight. Cue hijinks!
Stewart chatted with EW about the film and explained why it’s refreshing to see LGBTQIA+ characters in such a comforting, standard rom-com.
“I grew up watching and loving conventional movies like this,” she said. “Seeing [marginalized] people loving each other in the middle of something that’s so standardized was really exhilarating and freeing. There’s a lack of confusion and generalization Clea [DuVall, writer-director, who is queer] brings. I want people to see that two girls in love is just so fun.”
She continued, “You’re not watching [Happiest Season] and going, ‘God, what’s going to happen to them, because the world is scary?’ You already know. It’s a fucking rom-com holiday movie. It’ll work out. And you want to see how it does. It’s relieving, allowing yourself to breathe. It’s a new feeling.”
DuVall told EW about the movie, “I’m writing from my own place of truth and telling the story from my own perspective…I’ve spent Christmases with partners whose parents didn’t know. I’ve been ‘the friend’ at the family function. On a journey like coming out, you have no idea what’s going to happen or how people will react, and it’s scary.”
Yes, you need a playlist of Thanksgiving songs! The holiday might look different this year for many people, but there are still ways to come together over wine, cornbread, and pumpkin pie. Maybe you’re setting up a table outside, or planning a virtual dinner party over Zoom—however you’re celebrating, there’s no better way to get into the Thanksgiving spirit than with a good soundtrack.
Curious just how many songs actually exist about turkey and mashed potatoes? Turns out not a whole lot. But there are plenty of tunes with lyrics about giving thanks and expressing gratitude for those who make the world, and our lives in it, a better place. And isn’t that what the holiday is all about?
So we rounded up 43 of the best Thanksgiving songs, below, to help you get into the mood.
From radio hits that’ll make you want to get up and dance to lesser-known tracks that might make you tear up, these songs will be the soundtrack to your Turkey Day celebrations for years to come.
1. “We Are Family” by Sister Sledge
If you can’t get enough of your sisters—they’re simply the best, right?—throw on this anthem by legendary disco group Sister Sledge. The upbeat tempo and empowering lyrics proudly proclaiming the unbreakable bond of sisterhood never fail to get us up and moving.
2. “I Want To Thank You” by Otis Redding
This romantic tune by Redding is all about letting your beau know just how much they mean to you. Sometimes the best way to show your appreciation for the one who puts a smile on your face everyday is to say (or sing) a simple thank you.
3. “Give Thanks and Praises” by Bob Marley and the Wailers
The laid back song by Bob Marley and the Wailers puts our minds at ease and sweetly calls on us to remember that even when things get tough, there is always one (or many) that we can turn to for comfort.
4. “The Thanksgiving Song” by Adam Sandler
A parody? Perhaps, but little did Sandler know that his lighthearted song about loving to eat turkey “because it’s good” would become a holiday classic that we return to year after year.
5. “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” by Vince Guaraldi Sextet
Ah, the sound of childhood. Charlie Brown always had a lesson or two about coming together and being there for your friends, and the Thanksgiving special was no different. Play the theme song to get a dose of feel-good nostalgia.
6. “I Could Not Ask for More” by Sara Evans
Thanksgiving is about feeling grateful for the things we have that really matter, like family and friends. Evans reminds us that those are the moments that leave behind memories that last a lifetime.
7. “Stuffy Turkey” by Thelonious Monk
This jazzy, colorful melody by Monk makes you feel as good as a stuffed turkey tastes on an evening night shared with your closest loved ones.
8. “Mashed Potato Time” by Dee Dee Sharp
While Sharp is technically talking about a new dance, her lyrics “it’s the latest, it’s the greatest” perfectly express how we feel about our favorite starch for the holidays. If you want to bring back the moves Sharp immortalized and potentially kickstart the latest dance craze on TikTok, be our guests.
9. “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
You couldn’t go anywhere in 2009 without catching a case of homesickness thanks to Sharpe’s single “Home,” which was a constant feature on the airwaves. Might have to table this one for a later time with current travel restrictions, but feel free to blast this track as you make your way back to your loved ones as soon as you’re able.
10. “Thank You Friends” by Big Star
Family looks different for everyone, and sometimes your fam is your best group of friends who have your back no matter what. Start up the Zoom session and dedicate this track by Big Star to your ride or dies this Friendsgiving.
11. “Cooking Up Something Good” by Mac DeMarco
Leave it to DeMarco to create the chillest track for that moment when you catch the first whiff of food coming out of the kitchen while prepping for Thanksgiving dinner. You can’t see or taste it yet, but you know it’s going to be real good.
12. “Pass The Peas” by The J.B.’s
Sometimes you have to politely nudge those family members who like to hog the good stuff to pass it along, a la the James Brown band in this funky track.
13. “Autumn In New York” by Billie Holiday
There’s nothing like a New York autumn—the leaves begin to turn as the city slows down in preparation for shorter days and brisk nights. It “lifts you up when you’re let down,” Holiday croons, and makes you pause to appreciate and give thanks for what you have.
14. “Thank You” by Dido
Dido can’t keep the small off of her face in one of her greatest hits, “Thank You.” Funny how love works. Whether it’s a romantic partner or your family, knowing that you have someone waiting for you on the other side makes even the hardest moments feel not so bad.
15. “Ode To My Family” by The Cranberries
For the mothers and fathers who raised, supported, and continue to uplift us even through these trying times, this song by The Cranberries is the perfect song to dedicate when the time comes for the family to gather around.
16. “Thursday Girl” by Mitski
For many, Thanksgiving dinner with our family and friends is a moment for us to reflect on who we are and where we come from. “Thursday Girl” by Mitski perfectly encapsulates that moment of returning to your true self.
17. “Thank U” by Alanis Morissette
Might not seem as bold a gesture as standing naked in the middle of the streets like Morissette, but thanking the good and bad experiences for helping shape us can feel like it. It’s liberating and a great reminder during a time where we have to try to see the positives, even in the mess.
18. “Harvest Moon” by Neil Young
Young’s “Harvest Moon” is for that special someone you want to spend the night dancing away long after the family has gone to bed full and happy.
19. “Home” by Michael Bublé
In what might be Bublé’s breakout hit, “Home” is about longing for your loved ones when you can’t easily see them. It’s OK to feel a little sad about how Thanksgiving will look this year but, as the last lyrics “it’ll all be all right” remind us, soon you’ll be able to return home.
20. “Thankful” by Kelly Clarkson
“Thankful” by Clarkson is the track for those who want to show gratitude to the people who know them as well as they know themselves. They create the home we need where we don’t have to explain anything and just be.
21. “It’s Thanksgiving” by Nicole Westbrook
A teenage Westbrook gave us the euro-pop Thanksgiving cross-over we are forever grateful for. This is one of those songs that get stuck on loop in your head—you’ve been warned.
22. “Be Thankful For What You Got” by Williams DeVaughn
It’s OK to want it all but do you really need it? DeVaughn knew that the material possessions didn’t define the person—it’s what you already have, like the family and friends that come together to support and appreciate each other, that money can’t buy.
23. “Coming Home” by Leon Bridges
This is for that moment when you’ve already set the time for your virtual Thanksgiving gathering, and you can’t help but celebrate that you’ll soon get to see all your loved ones’ faces. Bridges’ deep vocals make us want to turn the record player on in anticipation.
24. “Tom Turkey” by Bob Dylan
This unreleased instrumental by Bob Dylan immediately calls to mind all the turkey chase videos that seem to pop up on our feeds as we near Thanksgiving Day. No complaints here, as they offer a very welcomed distraction.
25. “Thankful n’ Thoughtful” by Sly & The Family Stone
“You gotta be thankful and thoughtful,” Sly tells us and truer words can’t be said. We may not be able to celebrate Thanksgiving like we usually do, but it’s a blessing to be able to connect in new and innovative ways.
26. “Nicotine & Gravy” by Beck
We definitely wouldn’t advise mixing nicotine with your dressing, but this quirky song by Beck is one way to mix up your Thanksgiving soundtrack. Thinking outside the box has been the motto this year, and it’ll continue to be through the upcoming holiday.
27. “Thanksgiving Song” by Mary Chapin Carpenter
The “Thanksgiving Song” may be featured on a Christmas album, but the values Carpenter sings about couldn’t be a better fit for a holiday that is all about coming together to eat delicious food prepared with love. There won’t be much hand holding this year, but the sentiment is there.
28. “Happy” by Pharrell
Sometimes you have to listen to the right song to get you into the mood to celebrate. “Happy” by Pharrell is a full-on rallying call to start experiencing joy.
29. “Gratitude” by Earth, Wind & Fire
We can always count on Earth, Wind & Fire to bring the good jams with an endearing message. “Gratitude” asks for peace of mind and the opening our hearts up to love—let’s all tap into this energy as we near the 26th (and hold on to it through the new year).
30. “Mama I’m Coming Home” by Ozzy Osbourne
Osbourne wrote this song about giving up the drugs and alcohol for his partner, Sharon. Like home, your significant other is there when you’ve lost your way.
31. “That’s What Friends Are For” by Dionne Warwick
Some of the greatest musicians of our time—Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight, and Stevie Wonder—came together to make this powerhouse cover about the deep bonds of friendship to raise funds for AIDS research. It’s the perfect song for a remote karaoke party with the people who pick you up at your lowest moments.
32. “Family Reunion” by the O’ Jays
Not only is Thanksgiving a time to reflect on ourselves, it’s also prime time to digest what is going on in the world. The O’ Jays know that it can be easy to get quickly swept up in the madness and forget to take a break and process. This Thanksgiving, let’s take all the time we need to unpack in the comfort of those who make us feel seen and heard.
33. “Home Sweet Home” by Mötley Crüe
The crew came through with a very different sound for “Home Sweet Home.” Humming and sweet piano melodies come together for a slowed down song that celebrates the journey back to the home where you belong.
34. “My Hometown” by Bruce Springsteen
Home isn’t always perfect, which Springsteen reminds us, but it’s still the place where we come from. There’s a history and legacy there that have played a part in building our identities, one we can’t discard, and it’s up to us to make it into the best version we know it can be.
35. “Thankful” by Josh Groban
This is another Christmas-meets-Thanksgiving track, and it’s courtesy of Josh Groban. He beautifully sings about looking for the truth and light even on the days where it’s hard to feel optimistic.
36. “Thank You” by Kehlani
Nobody’s perfect, and we all have our moments where we could have be a better daughter, a better friend, and a better partner. That’s just being human. This season is all about acknowledging our growth, and this 2017 track by Kehlani has all the right words for thanking those who are more than happy to stay along for the ride.
37. “Home” by Phillip Phillips
“Home” became a bestselling single for the American Idol winner, and it’s not hard to tell why. Phillips, who won Season 11, sings about not losing hope despite the uncertainty of what lies ahead. We’ll definitely be playing this on repeat as we unite with family.
38. “Thanksgiving Day” by Ray Davies
With Thanksgiving being one of the few holidays where the whole family is able to unite, traditions and long-standing routines run heavy. There’s something beautiful about knowing what to expect—knowing who will take care of the greens, and who is strictly relegated to cranberry sauce duty—in a time where we have way more questions than ever.
39. “I Can’t Help Myself” by Four Tops
You’re literally stuffed, but that doesn’t stop you from grabbing for another slice of pecan pie. This is your time to indulge so hum along to the Four Tops hit as you add pie onto the plate and shimmy back to your spot on the couch.
40. “Fortunate” by Maxwell
The world truly does seem magical when you’re spending time with the ones you love. This Thanksgiving, we’ll make sure all those we hold dear know that “just as sure, as the sky is blue,” we feel eternally blessed for having them in our lives.
41. “Like Sugar” by Matchbox Twenty
“I’m starting to want you, more than I want to. This ain’t my finest hour. There’s something about you, that I could get into.” OK, Matchbox Twenty completely nailed down our feeling about that apple crumble sitting on the kitchen counter.
42. “Wild Honey Pie” by The Beatles
If we could confess our feelings for pie, it would sound a lot like “I love you.” Yes, our feelings for the dessert are truly as simple as this classic by Brit pop-rock band The Beatles.
43. “Dessert” by Darwin ft. Silentó
Turkey gets a lot of attention on Thanksgiving, but the true MVPs are the desserts lined up on the table once the main course is wrapped. There’s just something special about the sugary sweets that are warm, a little crumbly and seem to multiply throughout the night.
After months of rumors and speculation, we finally know that Tayshia Adams is the new Bachelorette. This comes after 2020’s first Bachelorette, Clare Crawley, fell in love with one of her contestants, Dale Moss, early and got engaged just a few episodes into her season. What ABC had up its sleeve to continue the season was the subject of much Bachelor Nation chatter, but now we know. Adams is taking over as Bachelorette, and her journey to love begins Tuesday night, November 10.
You know Adams from Colton Underwood‘s season of The Bachelor plus Bachelor in Paradise, where she had a short-lived relationship with John Paul Jones. But those stints didn’t even scratch the surface of who she is. To learn more, read on to see what’s in store for Adams’s Bachelorette season. Does she find love after all? We can’t wait to find out.
Let’s get right to it: Did you fall in love?
Tayshia Adams: You’ll just have to wait and see! [Laughs]
Are you happy? Give us a little bit more about what we can expect.
Well, I am happy, and it could be because I can finally say I’m the Bachelorette. It’s been a while until I’d be able to say that, so yeah, I’m a happy girl!
So it was worth it?
I got out of the journey what I wanted, so, yes.
What did you want going into it?
Just to make—just to grow and be vulnerable and to learn. [Laughs] And that’s all I’m going to give you!
How did you feel about Chris Harrison not telling the guys you were going to be the Bachelorette? He decided to give them the option to stay or leave but didn’t tell them who’d they be staying for. Do you wish he would’ve given them a bit more information so you wouldn’t have felt so much pressure?
No. In fact, I liked the way it all happened. I liked that I didn’t know the guys, I liked that they didn’t know it was me. You kind of just see organic conversations happening and see if there’s anything there. I think that’s the way I’d like it to go down, anyway.
Obviously, you hadn’t seen the episodes we’ve seen already since it wasn’t ready for air back then. Is there anything you would’ve liked to have known now that you’ve watched it?
If there was ever a time to justify a healthy vino habit, it’s now, so gifts for wine lovers will be especially clutch this holiday season. Between a global pandemic and a tumultuous election, our collective anxiety feels like it’s at an all-time high, which means we’ve got more than enough reason to take the edge off.
By this point, quarantine may have inspired all sorts of wine lovers on your list. From that one friend who was already a low-key sommelier before bars and restaurants shut down, to the budding wine connoisseur who furthered their palates these past seven months. The shameless wine snob will require unique gifts that go beyond your basic glasses set or insulated tumblers—and for those who are new to the world of wine? We found subscription services to help hone their tastes, a must-have carrier to take their vino on the go, and so many more options.
Whether you’re shopping for your mother-in-law who never misses harvest season in Napa or the recent grad who’s finally retiring their go-to boxed blend, there’s a fitting gift here. Shop the 35 best gifts for wine lovers, below.
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Eva Longoria has responded to backlash over a recent interview on MSNBC where she described Latina women as the “real heroines” of the 2020 election while discussing voter turnout.
“The women of color showed up in big ways,” she said on November 8. “Of course, you saw in Georgia what Black women have done but Latina women were the real heroines here, beating men in turnout in every state and voting Biden-Harris at an average rate of close to 3 to 1.” Many felt her comments dismissed Black women and their contribution to Joe Biden’s victory, considering 91% of Black female voters opted for Biden in the 2020 election. Some also felt her phrasing left out Afro-Latina women.
That night, Longoria took to Twitter to apologize for how her comments were “perceived” and clarify her statement. “When I said that Latinas were heroines in this election, I simply meant that they turned out in greater numbers and voted more progressively than LATINO MEN,” she wrote in a statement. “My wording was not clear and I deeply regret that, There is such a history in our community of anti-Blackness in our community and I would never want to contribute to that, so let me be very clear: Black women have long been the backbone of the Democratic Party, something we have seen played out in this election as well as previous ones.”
She continued, “Finally, Black women don’t have to do it alone any longer. Latinas (many who identify as Afro-Latina), indigenous women, AAPI women, and other women of color are standing with them so we can grow our collective voice and power. Together, we are unstoppable! Nothing but love and support for black women everywhere! You deserve a standing ovation!!!”
“It’s not ‘how it was perceived,’ you directly mentioned what Black women have done and went straight into ‘but latinas are the real heroines here,'” one user responded. “A direct comparison steeped in antiblackness and blatant erasure of Black Latines in the process. Do better.”
We tend to overthink gifts way too much—especially since the best gifts for dad are often just simple but thoughtful presents (also known as stuff he wants or needs but would never think to buy for himself). Leave the cliché ties and universal remote controls in the past, and start thinking practically: comfy sneakers, functional decor, and smart tech gadgets that’ll improve his day if he’s working from home or heading back to work. So whether he’s the king of self-care or a budding MasterChef, here are 53 of the best gifts for dad to shop this holiday season.
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And also, we’re welcoming cute doggies back to the White House. Donald Trump is the first president in 100 years not to have a dog. In contrast, Biden has two German Shepherds: 12-year-old Champ and 2-year-old Major. “Dogs remind you to live in the present,” Biden said in an interview this February. “They love unconditionally and they savor every moment with you. When I’m with Champ and Major, I get to live in the ‘now’ for a moment with them, enjoy the simple act of throwing a ball around or taking a walk.”
Even more exciting, Major will be the first rescue dog to reside in the White House! The Bidens adopted Major from the Delaware Humane Association in November 2018. I love that journey for him!
And so do a lot of people on the internet. “just found out that biden’s dog was a shelter rescue and now he gets to live in the white house i- i’m so happy for him,” one person wrote. “My son just now, with real urgency: ‘Papa, does Joe Biden have a dog?’ ‘Yes he does, son!’ ‘OK good,’” tweeted someone else.
It’s truly wild that this is so exciting! Welcome to the White House, Champ and Major…and Joe Biden, of course. We can’t wait to see what cute moments they serve up over the next four years.
On the morning the election was called—sleep deprived from a marathon of watching Steve Kornacki explain ballot returns on color-coded maps—I felt a kind of happiness that I never want to feel again. The Trump era in the White House would soon be over.
I started crying at 11:24 a.m. when MSNBC made the official announcement, and I did not stop for hours. I felt the tight springs in my body, wound up and red hot, begin to release and cool. I felt relief washing through my veins and over my skin and deep in my stomach, over the tangle of knots that had gathered there for the past four years. I felt my existential depression begin to melt away and reveal a core of enduring hope. I felt, psychologically, the way I imagine it might feel to have your knees banged into tables and your toes stubbed by steps constantly for four years before suddenly experiencing the warm numbness that takes over to replace and cease that hurt. I felt the joy of reaching a long-awaited ending; there was no room for the euphoria of a new beginning.
Walking outside in downtown D.C. after the news was out was like waking up from a fitful sleep. An alarm rang out, and it didn’t stop all day—a symphony of car horns and strangers jubilant and shouting at each other. My ride share driver told me it had been constant for a few hours everywhere he went. “I’ve never seen anything like this,” he said. “You might be my last ride for the day. I want to celebrate, too.”
Spontaneously made plans had me going to Dupont Circle to meet up with Virginia State Delegate Danica Roem—the first trans person to be elected to a state legislature in American history—and there was nothing to see and hear but joy along the route. After four years of watching Donald Trump viciously attack everyone from undocumented immigrants to members of the press to LGBTQ people to military families, there were a lot of us who wanted to make their elation known. The barrages of car horns were near and far, everywhere and unyielding. It sounded like a symphony.
I intentionally got dropped off at Logan Circle to walk the six or seven blocks to Dupont and observe the celebrations along the way. Everywhere I looked, there were Biden-Harris signs being waved by strangers. Others were wearing Biden-Harris shirts. Strangers were going to hug each other and then remembering COVID protocol and touching elbows instead. Some literally jumped up and down together. Even for the typical unguarded joy of D.C. residents, this was something on an entirely different level.
“Democracy is not a state, it is an act,” Vice President-elect Kamala Harris would say a few hours later, quoting the late congressman John Lewis in her victory speech. All over the country, supporters were proving it. They had voted, and now they wanted to dance.
Against the background of honking and cheering, there was music being played, live and on speakers, on seemingly every street corner. The players in a small jazz brass quartet were having the time of their lives and earning well-deserved dollars from strangers for their labor. There were people dancing in places in D.C. where I have never seen people dance: in front of the CVS, on the steps of the Metro, literally and dangerously in the streets of the traffic circles, and it all made perfect sense. Of course we’re dancing.
Slowly but surely, I felt that initial, complicated happiness give way to something more authentic and full in the spirit of community. I was happy to see strangers happy, and they were happy to see me happy. We were alive, and we had made it to this day. There was reason to be excited and hopeful for the future. I decided while walking downtown that I didn’t ever want to leave this moment of collective joy.
It’s believed Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination ceremony at the Rose Garden acted as a super-spreader event. Though all attendees tested negative at pre-event screenings, attendee Rev. John Jenkins, president of the University of Notre Dame, later tested positive, as have others who were there. Notably, many chose to forgo face masks and social distancing precautions at the event.
The 81-year-old fashion designer and founder of the eponymous Kenzo label, passed away on October 4. His spokesperson confirmed his death was a result of COVID, per CNN.
“It is with great sadness that I have learned the passing away of Mr Kenzo Takada. His amazing energy, kindness, talent and smile were contagious,” Kenzo’s creative director Felipe Oliveira Baptista was quoted on Instagram. “His kindred spirit will live forever.”
She continues, “I suffer from migraines, but this was the craziest headache. I wouldn’t say it was a migraine. The coughing, my chest would burn when I would cough.” Khloé also suffered from vomiting, shaking, and hot and cold flashes. “Let me tell you, that shit is real,” she says. “But we’re all gonna get through this.”
The U.K. paper The Sun reported in early November that Prince William, the second in line to the throne, secretly battled coronavirus back in April, around the same time his father, Prince Charles, was diagnosed and went into isolation. He reportedly kept the news private because he didn’t want to “alarm the nation.”
“William was hit pretty hard by the virus—it really knocked him for six,” a source told the paper. “At one stage he was struggling to breathe, so obviously everyone around him was pretty panicked. After seeing medics and testing positive—which was obviously quite a shock given how fit and healthy he is—William was determined it should be business as usual though. He was determined to fulfill his engagements.”
Kensington Palace has yet to comment on the report.
On November 9, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson tested positive for coronavirus after attending an Election Night party at the White House. The news was confirmed to CNN by his deputy chief of staff Coalter Baker. Carson now joins White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and four other Trump associates who tested positive last week. According to CNN, Carson was recently spotted maskless at a Trump rally in Michigan.
The trailer: On November 9, 2020, Netflix dropped the first look at The Princess Switch 2: Switched Again. Take a look, below.
The release date: We knew we could probably count on the movie dropping some time during the holiday season, and we were right. The film premieres on Netflix on November 19, 2020.
The director: Mike Rohl, who’s directed several TV show episodes for Shadowhunters and Supernatural, among others.
The screenwriters: Amanda Phillips Atkins, Eric Jarboe, and Robin Bernheim. All three served as producers on the original Princess Switch.
The plot: Per a press release from Netflix, the sequel will feature both new and returning characters: “When Duchess Margaret unexpectedly inherits the throne to Montenaro and hits a rough patch with boyfriend Kevin, it’s up to her double Princess Stacy of Belgravia to get these star-crossed lovers back together…but the course of true love is complicated by the appearance of a handsome royal who’s intent on stealing Margaret’s heart. Throw in the unexpected arrival of Margaret’s outrageous party girl cousin Fiona, a third look-alike who has ambitions of her own, and you have the recipe for Christmas triple trouble!”
The first look: Along with the new trailer, Netflix also shared a few images from the film set. We can’t wait to see Hudgens play Fiona!
We’ll update this post with more information as it comes in.