Perhaps Halloween is the final day in October to prepare people for the wild and whacky holidays in November. No, I’m not talking about the U.S. observance of Thanksgiving, although it’s one of my favorites. One year we went to visit friends in Canada for Thanksgiving, an October event.
We celebrated Halloween by splitting this delicious chocolate cupcake. It was certainly big enough!
Sadie Hawkins Day takes place on the first Saturday in November. It became a popular event thanks to Li’l Abner. Hekzebiah Hawkins challenged the men in the backwoods cartoon town of Dogpatch to a race. If his daughter Sadie caught one of them, he had to marry her. The idea caught on in real life, giving women the opportunity to ask men to dance.
|ABC TV special of Li'l Abner|
November 6th honors the incredible invention of the saxophone. Adolphe Sax was an honored craftsman of instruments. He presented the saxophone in 1846 and added a new level of sound to the world of music.
Veteran's Day is celebrated November 11th.
World Kindness Day was founded in 1998. It is celebrated on November 13th and encourages each of us to something nice for friends, family, neighbors, or strangers, just because there is a bit of niceness in everyone.
Plan ahead! The 15th is Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day. In one relative’s family, they celebrate left-over Thursday, a weekly event to clean the refrigerator.
November 19th is International Men’s Day. Treat someone special to a card, small gift, or dinner.
Honor the National Day of Listening on November 23rd by thanking someone who cares for others. It could be a teacher, a volunteer at the senior center, homeless shelter, VA hospital, or perhaps someone who has no one left to talk to. And YES. There are a number of people who are alone. It may even be someone whose family is more tuned into X-Box, iPhones, and Smartphones than mom or dad.
I’ve always been entranced by the planet Mars. Red Planet Day is celebrated on November 28th. Wear a splash of red to celebrate our next door neighbor, just one planet further from the sun.
Here are a few of the scenes Mother Nature produced to welcome November.
|I was really impressed by the distortions in this cloud. It was being ripped apart by the wind.|
What traditional and offbeat holidays do you celebrate in November?