Tuesday, November 5, 2013

November's OK

In the past, I've written some disparaging things about November. I can't help it, I just love October and it bums me out when it's over. But I've been thinking about it this year and I've realized that November actually has a lot going for it.

Here's the list I came up with for why November is actually pretty ok.

Left-over Halloween candy

This one is both a blessing and a curse. Ever since the day after Halloween, we have had three bowls/bags of extra candy in our office. THREE. And we're all trying to watch what we eat, so the candy only decreases by a tiny margin every day.

The interesting thing about left-over candy is what you learn about your coworkers. Like, no one in my office likes Whoppers. Or 3 Musketeers. Those are always the last to go.

You also learn who has good taste in your office. I held up a mini Twix and a mini Milky Way to my friend at work and asked him which I should choose. He said, "Well, they're both kind of ew." Aghast, I responded, "You're kind of ew!" (I chose the Milky Way.)


Turkey is on sale this month, so it doesn't have to be limited to Thanksgiving, people. And I don't know if you realize it or not, but turkey is straight up delicious. If you thought Thanksgiving was only for pilgrams and Native Americans, and that turkey could only be eaten on Thanksgiving, I'm here to tell you, it's not.


Pre-Christmas month

I'm not a Christmas purist. I sometimes listen to Christmas music in the middle of spring. I'm a full on honey badger when it comes to Christmas music - I don't even care when I listen to it. I love it! I am one of those persecuted innocents who listens to Christmas music regularly starting in November. I don't force it on others though, I just listen to it on my headphones, so don't have me arrested or anything.

I've also started planning my Christmas cookie exchange party, Secret Santa, a trip to Bronners in Frankenmuth, and I'm teaching a Christmas candy making class at my church's Christmas workshop this Saturday. And there's nothing you can even do about it! So don't even try! Christmas!!!!


Sorry, I'm calm now.


Thanksgiving is one of the best holidays out there. Don't worry, even though I love Christmas, I still give Thanksgiving its due. Over the weekend I even put up Thanksgiving decorations. (Though I think a lot about Christmas in November, I hold off on decorating for it until after Thanksgiving. I know the rules.) I really do love that November is a month where people focus on what they are grateful for. Gratitude really does wonders for the soul. Plus, turkey, and parades, and family time. My excitement level is seriously rising right now.


No Shave November

Beards are popping up everywhere!  How many of you are participating in this? Have any of you women participated by not shaving your legs? (Or your beards, I'm not here to judge.)

Am I forgetting any of the awesome things about November?


Katherine said...

My beard is coming in nicely. I mean...... I love all of those things about November, too! It's a pretty great month, and the lead up to the holidays is the best. Thankfully I haven't been exposed to a ton of leftover candy, because it's too hard to resist. Love it all too much. Especially Milky Ways and Twix!!!! Yum.

violet50 said...

If there's any left-over banana Laffy Taffy, I wouldn't object to seeing it appear on our table. There is someone in our choir who is a Christmas music purist, but it's a free country and I like to listen to it in July sometimes.

rebecca @ older and wisor said...

You've totally left out the best thing about November: my birthday. Which I celebrate all.freaking.month.long.