Attitude of Gratitude


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The holiday season is upon us faster than you can say "hashtagredcup." Store shelves are already ravaged for green beans, fried onions and canned pumpkin, like the days before a huge storm hits town. And a storm is coming, isn't it? It's the kind that shows up on your doorstep bearing sweet potatoes and unsolicited advice. All day. Why not give yourself an "out" and save your sanity? Here are some ideas:

Nothing fills you with the holiday spirit like helping others in need. The day before Thanksgiving, head down to the Eureka Rescue Mission to take part in its Thanksgiving Dinner, Nov. 25 from noon to 4 p.m. (free). The feast features a traditional meal with all the trimmings and live music. While you're there, drop off some goodwill. The Mission is accepting food boxes, jackets, blankets and socks.

You don't need to watch the parade and every single football game. Take a break from the couch with the Turkey Trot 5K walk/run starting at 9 a.m. at the Old Town Gazebo. You can prime yourself for a day of button-popping feasting and burn off some pre-pumpkin pie calories. Register from 7:30 a.m. at Old Town Coffee and Chocolates.

Take part in a Thanksgiving Day tradition at the Blessing of the Fleet at 10 a.m. at Trinidad Head Memorial Lighthouse (free). For the 20th year, the community gathers with the local fishing fleet to give thanks and receive a blessing for the upcoming season. Hot beverages, snacks and all those good and grateful vibes will keep you warm.

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