Welcome November

November! That means that the holidays and the end of the year will be here before we know it! November is a great month for making memories and for having fun with those you love. Here are a few things I've been thinking about:

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November 3 - U.S. Election Day. We are boring and vote by mail but it's the easiest way to get it done. Maybe we will have to print up our own "I Voted" stickers to wear that day!

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 November 11 - Veteran's Day. Do you know why Veteran's Day is on the 11th of November? I didn't until I read this on the Holiday Insights website: 

This holiday originally was called Armistice Day and was first celebrated in 1921. In 1954, President Eisenhower changed it to Veteran's Day, in honor of those who served and died from all wars.

On November 11 at 11:11, 1921 the U.S. France and England each buried an unknown soldier in honor of those who died in World War I. This began the annual Armistice Day holiday. The time and day was picked because fighting ceased in WWI in 1918 on November 11 at 11:11. In keeping with this tradition, work stops on this day and time each year for a moment of silence.

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I think we should make a bigger deal of Veteran's Day. I know I've barely given it a thought most years of my life. Out of the four grandfathers that belong to me and my husband, three of them served in World War II. My husband has an uncle that served in the Vietnam War. I wish we knew more about what they did. I do want to be sure their stories live on.

 

November 26 - Thanksgiving Day. I'm feeling sort of smug that I've already got my Thanksgiving done! Most Americans will be stuffing themselves with turkey and stuffing on this day.

 

November 27 - Black Friday. Some people love this day. I am not one of those people. I don't like crowds so I just stay home on this day. I prefer to do my shopping online if I shop at all on Black Friday.

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November 29 - Advent begins. Nobody around here seems to celebrate Advent, but I think it's a really neat tradition. A few different times over the years, I have tried to have a special dinner for our family each of the 4 Sundays leading up to Christmas and I think it has made the season more memorable when I do that. 

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What are you looking forward to in November? I'd love to know!