Happy Wednesday, everyone! This week is flyin' by, and hopefully, the weekend will be here before we know it. Soon, you'll be able to have fun at holiday parties, sip some hot chocolate, and curl up on your couch or in a movie theater (it's Rogue One weekend, you guys), and as of tomorrow, Christmas is just 10 days away. If you haven't already been counting down the seconds and getting that NORAD tracker up and ready, now's the time to do so.
Before then, though, here's a recap of all the news that caught Bustle's editors attention today, from the death of Alan Thicke to what's going in in Aleppo.
Alan Thicke + Tributes
On Tuesday night, Growing Pains fans everywhere mourned the death of Alan Thicke, the actor best known for playing Mr. Seaver on the ABC show. Thicke, who died of a heart attack at age 69, also appeared on shows like How I Met Your Mother, This is Us, and Fuller House. Many fans and celebs, from John Legend to Candace Cameron Bure, have paid tribute to the actor, and his son, singer Robin Thicke, told the LA Times that his dad was "The greatest man I ever met" and that he'd just recently gotten the chance to tell Alan "how much I loved and respected him."
Quote Of The Day: "You know, Luke, I think you're really becoming a part of this family... because you're really starting to tick me off." — Thicke on Growing Pains. We'll miss you, Mr. Seaver.
Aleppo + How To Help
If you've been following the news, you've likely heard about the devastation happening in Aleppo due to the ongoing Syrian Civil War. On Monday and Tuesday, pro-Assad forces bombed the city, injuring, killing, or displacing thousands of civilians. Tweets from Syrians about the attacks are absolutely devastating, and they paint a picture of true horror happening in Syria. For those not caught up, here's a primer on what's going in in Aleppo and around Syria right now.
How To Help: If you're reading the news about Syria and feeling helpless, there are a few great ways to donate to Aleppo and provide some much-needed support to the victims of the attacks.
2020 + Female Power
Although many women are still reeling from Donald Trump's election last month, it turns out that there's a silver lining to the news: more women want to run for office than ever before. According to the non-profit She Should Run, 4,500 women have registered to run through the organization since the election. How cool is that?
Fun Fact: If you're in New York, keep an eye out for Glenn Pannell, the Mike Pence lookalike who's using his uncanny appearance to solicit donations for organizations like Planned Parenthood and The Trevor Project. "My choice of which charities to raise money for is informed by Mike Pence’s policy decisions over the last 15 years," he told Bustle. You can follow Pannell's activities on his Twitter, the perfectly named @MikeHotPence.
SAG Awards + Stranger Things
If you still can't stop thinking about Netflix's Stranger Things and its Eggo-loving star, you're not alone. On Wednesday, Eleven actor Millie Bobby Brown got nominated for a SAG Award, a pretty big feat considering she's just 12 years old. Other big nominees include This is Us and American Crime Story's Sterling K. Brown, Moonlight's Mahershala Ali, and the cast of the indie dramedy Captain Fantastic. Check 'em out.
And The Winner Is... Tuesday night brought the announcement of the Season 11 winner of The Voice , Sundance Head. The country singer was a fan-favorite whose debut single, "Darlin' Don't Go," is already on iTunes, so check him out now while he's on the rise.
Christmas Sweaters + Holiday Makeup
One of the best parts about the holiday season is getting the chance to show off your best ugly Christmas sweaters. If you're planning on rocking an elf-covered outfit this Xmas, take some tips from the ladies below, whose pretty holiday makeup looks are a perfect balance to their ugly Christmas sweaters. As Associate Fashion & Beauty Editor Amanda Richards says, "the point of ugly Christmas sweaters is to be as quirky and fun as possible, and I think that makeup has the ability to follow suit. You can do literally anything with a bit of gold or glitter — experiment with things you normally wouldn’t try, and if it ends up being super wild, you can just call it holiday spirit!"
Pro Tip: The holidays can be a lot of fun — but if you're focused on staying sober, they can also be pretty difficult. According to Sarah Obsorne of Mountainside Treatment Center, one good way to deal with drink-filled events is to check in with a sober friend or sponsor. “If the party is starting to feel uncomfortable, step outside and call your sponsor or someone else in recovery who is familiar with your journey,” says Obsorne. “They will help remind you of all the hard work you’ve put in, and that it’s worth it to abstain for your long term health.”
Today's WTF Moment: Grubhub's list of the most delivered takeout foods of 2016 includes mac and cheese, ramen, and... oxtail? Weird.
What To Watch: Fans of Glee and Empire will want to tune in to FOX at 9 p.m. for the premiere of Star , a musical drama about three singers looking for success.
Design: Chelsea LaSalle, Alyssa Foote; Image: Ashley Batz