Show Notes for Thursday, November 25, 2021


Dear John,

My family has always been pretty close, but this last year we've drifted apart. Between politics and the differing opinions on COVID, we're a giant mess! My husband and I have hosted Christmas events at our home in the past. Last year things were quite different and it was just my husband and our kids. This year we're supposed to get back to normal, but I kind of liked things last year. I really don't want to be with a bunch of people who will all be arguing over dumb things. I told my husband that I'd like to skip hosting Christmas this year and I could tell he liked the idea too, but he is afraid that it will cause problems if we don't invite people too. I feel kind of stuck hosting. I typically get excited about that, but social media fights between family members makes me wonder how many will even show up. I try to stay out of all of that, but if we're hosting and one side shows up and the other side does not. It will look like we're taking sides. What do I do? Anyone else in this predicament? I'd love to see what others are doing!

Signed – Reluctant Hostess

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Fans of Spider-Man will get to see a new trailer today for Spider-Man: No Way Home. On Monday fans got to watch Tom Holland, Zendaya and Jacob Batalon react to the trailer that we’ll get to see today. It was like some sort of twisted Christmas, where you don’t get a present but you get to watch people open a present! The movie hits theaters December 17.

Today Show contributor Jill Martin got engaged to EX-FIANCE Erik Brooks. They were already engaged once and broke it off…but yeah, it's back on again.(

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Reese’s has created a 3.4-pound peanut-butter cup. Reese’s is calling its new gigantic Reese’s peanut-butter cup a “Thanksgiving pie,” but it’s not a pie. The 9-inch Reese’s peanut-butter cup is ginormous, but there’s no flaky crust or lattice top or anything — it’s simply a peanut-butter cup that’s been put under some mad scientist’s growth ray or something. Unfortunately, the mutant Reese’s cup that’s not really a pie is no longer available. Only 3,000 of the gigantic goodies were available for sale on Monday at Hershey’s online store, and they sold out right away.

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Old Dominion University put a transgender professor on leave amid controversy over their research into adults who are sexually attracted to minors, saying it had put campus safety at risk. (

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A farmer from Madhya Pradesh's Bhind district went to a police station taking along his buffalo, complaining that the animal was refusing to be milked and he suspected it to be under the influence of witchcraft, an official said on Sunday. A video showing the man seeking help from the police on Saturday over the issue surfaced on social media. "The villager, identified as Babulal Jatav (45), submitted a complaint at Nayagaon police station on Saturday, saying his buffalo was not allowing to be milked since the past some days,” according to Deputy Superintendent of Police Arvind Shah. According to the complainant, some villagers told him that the animal was under the influence of witchcraft, he said. About four hours after giving the application, the farmer again reached the police station with his buffalo and sought help from the police again, he said. “I had told the police station in-charge to assist the villager with some veterinary advice. The villager again reached the police station today to thank the police, saying the buffalo allowed itself to be milked on Sunday morning,” Shah said.(

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A 9-year-old girl from Brockton, Massachusetts, is being hailed a hero after saving her entire family as carbon monoxide filled their home. Jayline Barbosa Brandão was in bed on October 28 when she heard her dad yelling. She jumped out of bed and ran to find him with her mom, who had lost consciousness. Her dad had also become overwhelmed by the carbon monoxide from a generator they had borrowed for the storm. Jayline grabbed her dad’s phone to call 911, but the iPhone was locked. Thanks to quick thinking, she was able to unlock it with facial ID by holding it up to her dad’s face. Her mom said that Jayline then took her 7-year-old sister out to get help from a neighbor. She said the family had been without power for three days, so they borrowed a generator and put in what they thought was a safe place, but it was too close to the house. The National Weather Service says you should keep a backup generator at least 20 feet away from any doors, windows or vents. Five people from the house were taken to the hospital for treatment and all are doing better.