In keeping with my resolution to be more thoughtful and organized when it comes to celebrating the seasons... here are some plans and random thoughts for November (updated from last year).
Special Dates to Celebrate
*November 1st ~ Begin gratitude project*
Each November, our family makes a gratitude chain. You can read more about that here. I absolutely love this little tradition and how it forces us all to slow down, at least for a minute, to record something we felt grateful for that day. Even if it's just bedtime! And there are many, many days I am grateful for bedtime.
*November 5th ~ Daylight Savings Time Ends*
Perhaps not something to exactly celebrate, but something to notice anyway. It will be lighter in the morning than it has been, so hopefully I will be able to coax myself out of bed! On the flipside, it will get dark earlier, which means lots of driving home in the dark.
*November 4th ~ The Full Beaver Moon*
It's always nice to notice when the moon is full!
*November 23th ~ Thanksgiving*
Thanksgiving! The plan is to cook, watch the Macy's parade, eat, play games, and maybe sneak in a Christmas movie. I also have a few crafts and other fun things lined up to hopefully complete in the weeks before ~ links below. And Rose and I try to read a Thanksgiving book or two each day in the weeks prior. A few of our favorite books are listed here. I also ordered a new book for this year ~ Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving. Not mentioned in the older post is a favorite from last year: Balloons Over Broadway.
*November 29th ~ Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting*
We have never watched this on television before, but I plan to this year because Rose has been interested in it ever since we read The Carpenter's Gift last Christmas.
Things to Notice & To-Do this Month
- Ease into the shorter, darker days ~ it's definitely time for candles at dinner!
- Take a photo for the Christmas cards and order them. Get Christmas stamps too.
- Stock up on cranberries. Use them to make cranberry sauce and cranberry bread (my all-time favorite recipe is the one in the back of Cranberry Thanksgiving)
- Start having "oatmeal mornings". Typically, one morning a week we cook a big batch of plain oatmeal, then set out toppings (chocolate chips, raisins, coconut, cinnamon, maple syrup) for the kids to decorate their own
- Put the bird feeders up
- Drink hot cider
- Make pies ~ especially chocolate cream, my favorite for Thanksgiving
- Watch for ice on ponds (or puddles)
- Stock up on tea
- Decorate for Thanksgiving (after taking down the Halloween decorations)
- Stock up on handcream
- Plan the Thanksgiving menu, and try to prep as much as possible ahead
- Order fruitcake mix from King Arthur
- Make Advent plans
- Get as much Christmas shopping done as possible!
- Purchase new throw blankets - we never seem to have enough of these
- Enjoy the last foliage - brassy oaks and bright scarlet Japanese maples
- Purchase Advent calendars for the kids
- Check on everyone's winter gear (coats, shoes, hats, snowpants, boots)
- Make placecards for Thanksgiving day
- Plant amaryllis bulbs for Christmas
- Take a virtual tour of Plimoth Plantation and another of the Wampanoag Homesite. This interactive adventure looks fun too!