Happy holidays, everyone! Hopefully, you all got to enjoy a restful and fun-filled weekend full of family, good food, and, if you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah gifts from loved ones. Even if you're currently experiencing a major food coma and an extended family-caused hangover, it was all worth it, right? Right.
Sadly, though, this holiday season isn't without tragedy. Carrie Fisher and George Michael, two Hollywood icons, passed away, leaving millions of fans devastated. Read on for more on both stars, plus the other major events that got Bustle's editors talking over the holiday weekend.
George Michael + His Legacy
After the death of George Michael on Christmas Day, countless friends and fans paid tribute to the legendary singer, honoring him with beautiful essays, throwback photos, and videos of his "Carpool Karaoke" appearance. Yet it's the tales of Michael's many acts of generosity, from his donation of the "Last Christmas" profits to his contribution to a woman's fertility treatment, that are the most moving. In addition to being an influential musician and important gay rights advocate, it seems that Michael was also a hugely charitable person with a big heart.
Looking Ahead: Before his death, Michael was promoting Freedom, a documentary about the making of his iconic Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 album. Despite the tragedy, the doc will premiere in March 2017, so grieving fans can look forward to getting a behind-the-scenes peak at the singer's incredible life.
Carrie Fisher + Feminism
Star Wars fans everywhere were beyond devastated when it was announced on Tuesday that Carrie Fisher had died, after suffering a heart attack during a flight a few days earlier. The beloved actor and writer was best known for playing Princess Leia, but fans of the star know that she was so much more than just that character — she was an accomplished author and screenwriter, a staunch feminist, and a role model for all. R.I.P. to an icon.
Leia + Han Forever: In a statement to Bustle, Fisher's longtime co-star, Harrison Ford, said that "Carrie was one-of-a-kind … brilliant, original," and that she "lived her life, bravely...My thoughts are with her daughter Billie, her mother Debbie, her brother Todd, and her many friends. We will all miss her."
Donald Trump + His Foundation
On Saturday, the president-elect announced that the Donald J. Trump Foundation will shut down, after many outlets have expressed concerns over the controversial organization and its potential conflicts of interest. Yet because of ongoing investigations into the charity, dissolving it isn't so simple — but that hasn't stopped Trump, of course, from tweeting his feelings over the shut down all weekend long. Sigh.
Obama Vs. Trump: In an interview released on Monday, President Obama argued that he'd have beaten Trump if he'd been able to run for a third term. His answer has caused some controversy, and — sensing a pattern here? — Trump couldn't resist responding with a mature "NO WAY!"
New Year's Eve + High Expectations
Ready for New Year's Eve?! Yeah, didn't think so. The holiday always seems to bring more stress than fun (making good plans, finding a cute outfit, convincing yourself you can stay up past midnight...), and if you're already freaking out about how Saturday night's going to go, you're not alone. This Bustle-made New Year's Eve comic sums up the all-too-familiar feeling of having way too high expectations for the night and being faced with the less-than-perfect reality.
Pro Tip: In a long-term relationship and want to make it last in 2017? Check out these romance-focused New Year's Resolutions, and do some big thinking about your love life in the year ahead.
Tattoos + Your Next Obsession
Love the look of tattoos, but not the pain or decision-making that comes with them? Tattly, a company that provides custom-designed temporary ink, has your back. Bustle's Elly Ayres tested them out for herself, and the results will make you want to get a pack for yourself ASAP.
Deal of the Day: Velvet ankle boots are huge this season, and this pair from Ellena are perfect for any holiday events you might have coming up.
Today's WTF Moment: Kanye West has sherbert-colored hair now. Because why not?
What to Watch: Watch stars like James Taylor and Al Pacino get celebrated for their contributions to pop culture during the 39th annual Kennedy Center Honors, on CBS at 9 p.m. Sheryl Crow, Kings of Leon and more perform, and — best of all — Stephen Colbert is hosting.
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