November 4, 2016
Perhaps it is due to the changing weather, the transforming scenery or the anticipation of the holidays ahead, but there is just something so special about the month of November.
Of course, it is easy to see why autumn is such a beloved time of year for many. After all, we’ve waited twelve long months to witness the stunning fall foliage spectacle, to savor the flavor of pumpkin spice in just about everything, and to put on that favorite cozy sweater once again. Yes, November has so much to love about it, but it really represents so much more.
I was curious, so I looked a bit further and found over a dozen unique holidays and special days just in this month. To be more exact, I found eighteen different days that celebrate gratitude, appreciation, kindness, compassion, peace and acceptance. Is it just a coincidence? I think not.
November is nestled harmoniously between October’s spooky celebrations and December’s many eventful festivities. Most of us who live in a place of changing seasons embrace this time of late fall and early winter as a period of grateful reflection. It is easy to appreciate the beauty that surrounds us as we witness the majesty of the changing leaves. Somewhere in our subconscious, we acknowledge the transformation that is taking place, both metaphorically and literally, in nature and within ourselves.
Ushered tenderly in by humble November, this is the perfect season to rest after an eventful summer and relax before a busy holiday. In a few weeks, we will celebrate the ultimate day of giving thanks. However, November allows for many opportunities to do something special:
The month of November is also known as Movember. This movement, which began in 2003, was groomed to not only support facial hair but, more importantly, men’s health. November is also National Caregivers Appreciation Month.
The tenth of the month is Science Day for Peace & Development, an internationally celebrated day highlighting the importance of science in and for society, and that science, peace and development are interlinked. Coincidentally, the following day is reserved for honoring all Veterans of the Armed Forces who have served valiantly to protect us all and preserve our way of life.
Chicken Soup for the Soul Day inspires on the 12th and, according to the creators of the book series of the same name, it was created as “…. a celebration of who you are, where you’ve been, where you’re going, and who you will be thankful to when you get there!”. World Kindness Day inspires on the thirteenth and National Philanthropy Day brightens our spirits on the fifteenth. The next two days, International Day for Tolerance (Nov 16th) and World Peace Day (Nov 17th), encourages kindness and goodwill toward all.
World Philosophy Day (UNESCO) gives us new perspective on the enduring value of philosophy for the development of human thought, for each culture and each individual on the 19th. Then National Adoption Day, always the Saturday before Thanksgiving, and Universal Children’s Day emboldens on the 19th and 20th, respectively. Say ‘hello!’ to ten strangers on November 21st, which is World Hello Day. The 24th is Thanksgiving and the day after is You’re Welcome Day, which ‘helps put manners back into society’. Open your wallets to support Small Business Saturday on the 26th and end the month on an inspirational note with Giving Tuesday (the 29th).
If you aren’t convinced yet that there is just so much to love about November, perhaps just knowing it is the month in which the Cubs ended their 108-year drought and finally become World Series champs is reason enough to be grateful! I know we are in supreme bliss celebrating here in Chicago!
Another great event this month:
The Danish Home’s Annual Fall Fest & Frikadeller Fest this Sunday, November 6th at 12pm
Catch the Spirit here!