1. Watch a movie

It’s a pretty big movie weekend and the following are opening at theaters this week: “Coco” rated PG and Disney’s latest animated flick about an aspiring musician, Miguel, who enters the Land of the Dead to work out the mystery of his family’s ancestral ban on music; “Darkest Hour” starring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill during the early days of World War II; “Call Me by Your Name” a romantic coming-of-age drama set in Italy; “The Man Who Invented Christmas” about author Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) who brings Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and other classic characters to life using real-life inspiration and his vivid imagination; “Chappaquiddick” about the derailing of the life and political career of Ted Kennedy (Jason Clarke) in the aftermath of a fatal 1969 car accident that claimed the life of a young campaign strategist, Mary Jo Kopechne (Kate Mara). 

2. Have better conversation

Many families are anxious about holiday gatherings due to divisive politics, but this weekend marks the end of Better Conversation Week. Meaningful talk with friends, family and coworkers makes life more enjoyable. To get your conversation started visit, The Family Dinner project to view the conversation topics or try one of their Thanksgiving Dinner Games to inject some lightheartedness after intense conversation via thefamilydinnerproject.org/thanksgiving-dinner-games/

3. Shop Small Businesses

If you’ve still got the energy to shop after Black Friday, Nov. 26 is Small Business Saturday, the day to support local business and get a head start on holiday shopping. Small businesses not only add character to the community, they are critical to the country’s economic health, provide jobs and generate tax revenue. Skip the big box stores and see what your community’s small businesses have to offer. 

4. Learn more

November is coming to an end as so if Movember, an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s suicide. Find out more information at: https://us.movember.com/ 

5. Decorate for Christmas

To top off the weekend, make sure to welcome the Christmas season by getting your decorations all set. It’s also a good time to go tree shopping. Proud of your decorations? Submit a photo to The Daily News by emailing it to amanda.humphrey@JDNews.com

6. Go to the flotilla

The Swansboro Chrsitmas Flotilla is Friday from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.At dusk, gather along Swansboro’s waterfront and watch the spectacular parade of lights along the Intracoastal Waterway and down the White Oak River. Music will fill the air and you can enjoy treats, such as funnel cakes, cider and hot cocoa as you enjoy the lights glimmering off the river. You’ll be amazed by the lights and décor of the boats - Santa Claus will arrive by boat and visit with the crowd throughout the evening. For more information please call 910-326-2600.