Happy November! Glad to see you made it through Halloween OK. Time to pack up the jack-o-lanterns, ghosts and skeleton decorations and time to break out the tinsel, holly and jingle bells!
November is a strange month. It comes after Halloween and Thanksgiving is toward the end of the month, so many people see it as a bridge or a tunnel between the two holidays with nothing much in between.
But there’s a lot going on between the two holidays. And this year, one of the biggest events in our history, or so I’m told, will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 6, all across the country. If you haven’t heard (and I’m a dog and even I’ve heard!) Nov. 6 is Election Day across the country.
And the thing I’m hearing is that no matter who you support or what propositions you favor, get out and vote! Your vote is your voice. If I could vote, I would in a heartbeat. So don’t throw away your rights by not voting!
November also has some important days that aren’t related to Thanksgiving, including Veteran’s Day on Nov. 11 and U.S. Marine Corps Day on the 10th, but also Caregiver Appreciation Day and World Kindness Day on the 13th, National Philanthropy Day on the 15th, and World Peace Day and National Adoption Day, both on the 17th, International Tolerance Day on the 16th, and Beautiful Day and Universal Children’s Day on the 20th. Sounds like November is filled with a lot of love and kindness!
With that in mind, November is also Child Safety Protection Month, National Adoption Awareness Month, National Caregivers Appreciation Month, National Diabetes Awareness Month, National Epilepsy Month, and Native American Heritage Month. In addition to all that love and kindness, it’s also Peanut Butter Lovers Month, and who doesn’t love peanut butter?
When you talk about November, of course, you can’t avoid talking about Thanksgiving, which is the 22nd this year. It’s one of the Big 5 holidays of the year, which includes Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Fourth of July and Easter. But did you know there’s a lot going on just before and after Thanksgiving?
The day before Thanksgiving, the 21st, is National Stuffing Day, but it’s also National Tie One On Day, mainly because nobody has to work the next day, so they’re footloose and fancy free! But, I ask you, shouldn’t Stuffing Day be on Thanksgiving? Who eats stuffing the day before Thanksgiving?
And the day after Thanksgiving, of course, is Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year. I’m too stuffed with stuffing to do any shopping on that day. I leave that up to Mom and Dad.
But Nov. 23 is also Buy Nothing Day, which I don’t think anybody follows (is it just me?), Eat a Cranberry Day (one cranberry?) and You’re Welcome Day, you know, as in “Thanksgiving? You’re welcome!”
And the days following Thanksgiving are big on shopping — you know there’s only a month to do all your gift shopping before Christmas! Along with Black Friday, Saturday the 24th is Small Business Saturday, so support your local small businesses and stay away from the big boxes, and the 25th is Cyber Monday, the biggest online shopping days. Whew, I’m already tired!
But the one day that really cracked me up is Throw Out Your Leftovers Day on the 29th, a full week after Thanksgiving! Around here, leftovers last one, two days, max. If you still have leftovers a whole week later, then yeah, better toss them out! Must be something like those jell-o molds with chunks of fruit and shredded carrots floating around in it. Yuk!
See? Lots of things going on in November. Eat, drink and be merry, but also get out there and vote! Happy November!