There are certain times of year that are simply magical. December, with it’s holidays and Christmas lights strung along the rooftops is one of those times of year. October, when the leaves begin to change and cool breezes arrive and pumpkin patches are full of families, is another. But what about November? Sadly, it is often skipped…missed and taken for granted. For one day we celebrate the gift that is November and that is on Thanksgiving day. But November is a whole month, 30 days in fact, that should be celebrated and enjoyed by all!
For the record I am not judging anyone who skips from October to December because Christmas is my favorite “season” and I wish it were a lot longer. I will probably decorate early as well. But this year I want to really appreciate this month for all of the things it has to offer. I’ll list some things that I love about November, and my hope is that you will remember the best memories you have of this special month too.
In the South in November is when the temperature really finally actually drops. Most years. Hopefully. This of course depends on where you are, but in south Mississippi it seems to be the case. And when the temperature cools off, you can have wonderful things like bonfires without bugs and hot chocolate without air conditioning. You can sit on the porch without dying of heat stroke. You can open your windows and get a cross breeze inside. I love doing that and lighting a few candles. My new favorite is Glade’s Warm Flannel Embrace, which is sandalwood, cardamom and a few other somethings. It’s different but in a good way! I am not a huge fan of cinnamon candles which are most often associated with fall but I will devour a few cinnamon rolls if the opportunity arises.
Something else I love about November is FOOTBALL. Its a great month to be an SEC fan. Rivals fight for bragging rights and their place in the rankings. And even in the NFL in November there are division rival games that make or break a season. Some of my favorite memories in November are watching football games with family and friends.
November is also the perfect month for cooking. You don’t have to worry about the house getting unbearable when you turn on the oven! Make a new soup or stew that you can eat on for a few days (see my last post for one to get you started!). You’ll be thankful for a warm bowl of soup on a chilly day. Get together your Thanksgiving menu, and if you buy a frozen bird go ahead and buy early. You will have one less big thing to worry about, and believe me the price of turkey is only going to rise during the holiday season. Test your Christmas dessert recipes a month early to be the talk of the potluck/party. It gives you a less stressful way to make sure when it’s showtime your recipe turns out perfect. I made these adorable and delicious Christmas tree cupcakes from Pinterest early last year to see how the finished product would hold up and I’m glad I did because the “tree” needs to be kept at least in the fridge until they are ready to serve to avoid melting.
The best part of November is there aren’t many social obligations to attend. Your weekends are probably wide open, minus Thanksgiving of course. This month is great to pick up a hobby or simply relax with your family.
The most important advice I can give you to help you enjoy these fleeting 30 days is…don’t worry about what is to come, take November to plan and prepare while celebrating this special inbetween month. Make an effort to spend quality time with your family and friends, trying new things and soaking in the amazing temperatures, and you will feel less stressed at the end of the year.