Halloween is done – and it’s time to put away the Ghosts and Goblins and time to start thinking about Thanksgiving and all the amazing food, family and fun that we can look forward to. It’s also time to start thinking about the things that we’re most grateful for during the month of November. If you’re drawing a blank, don’t worry — you’re not alone. Here are a few ideas to get you started with your own list of things to be grateful for during this beautiful autumn season.
One of the best things about November is the pumpkin spice craze — you can get pumpkin spice everything, from lattes to snacks and everything in between. Seasonal snacks are super tasty and make you want to stock up so you can enjoy them year-round, though everyone knows that you’ll end up eating them all before the year is out. It’s a nice thought, though!
In addition to seasonal snacks, November is the perfect time for baked goods. The weather is cooling off so you don’t have to worry about overheating your house when you turn the oven on, and all those baked goods make the house smell so good! Even if you’re no Martha Stewart when it comes to baking, picking up some frozen pies or premade cookie dough can have the same effect — tasty treats that make your home smell amazing.
Summer is great for warm weather fun like swimming and camping but if you’re like us, you can only take so many sweaty afternoons before you want to retreat to an ice cap. Temperatures have already started dropping and November will only bring cooler weather. Break out the turtlenecks and jackets and enjoy the dropping temperature.
While you don’t have to wait for cooler weather to enjoy your favorite comfort foods, eating hot soups and stuff in the middle of summer isn’t always the most comfortable thing. November is the perfect time to break out all of those recipes that you’ve been craving the rest of the year but it’s been to warm to eat! We don’t know about you, but the thing we’re most grateful in November is being able to enjoy all those warm comforting foods.
There is nothing better than a hot cup of tea once you’ve put the kids to bed to help you relax. Stock up on your favorite tea, pick up some seasonal flavors like apple cinnamon or pumpkin spice, or if you’re feeling adventurous, you can even create your own blends and have them shipped right to your house. Just make sure you’ve got plenty of honey, lemon, or milk to go with your tea, depending on your preferences!
One of the best things about the holidays is that it brings families back together. Even if you don’t see your extended family for the rest of the year, the promise of turkey and stuffing tends to bring everyone home. It makes November our favorite time of year, above anything else.
Unless you’re one of those people who starts their Christmas shopping in July, November marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. All of the Christmas decorations have been in the stores since the end of September, but it doesn’t really start to feel like the holiday season until all the Halloween decorations get put away.
Raking leaves and jumping in the piles is an iconic part of November. We might need a bigger pile of leaves now that we’ve grown up, but that doesn’t make it any less fun. Take advantage of the cooler weather to spend more time outdoors before true winter weather drives you back inside until the spring thaws.
Daylight savings time comes to an end on November 5th, 2017 and our clocks fall back an hour. This means that it gets darker earlier, and we get an extra hour to sleep in the morning. Remember to change your microwave and stove clocks — most of your digital devices like your phone and computer will update automatically if they’re connected to the internet.
The holiday months are filled with school vacations, parties, Christmas pageants and plays, and of course — school vacations. Thanksgiving usually nets your kids a 4 day weekend, and Christmas vacation usually lasts from before Christmas until after the new year. You might be ready to send them back to school once the vacation is over, but it’s a great chance to spend time with your kids over these holidays.
Fall Television Shows
If your favorite television shows went on hiatus over the summer, chances are they’re probably starting their new seasons in October or November. Now that the temperature is dropping, you’ve got the perfect excuse to bundle up on the couch and binge watch your favorite shows.
Don’t let the holidays stress you out. It’s the best time of year to relax with a hot cup of tea and take some much needed you time. You could even consider a yoga retreat if you have the time for it. Whatever time you do have, take the time to enjoy everything that this holiday season has to offer, even if all you’re doing is relaxing at home with your immediate family.
We’re always grateful for holiday meal leftovers. After you spend all day cooking for the big holiday, no one wants to cook anything for a couple of days. Enjoy all the leftover turkey and fixings, either by themselves or together. There’s nothing quite like a turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce sandwich or a shredded turkey and stuffing omelets the morning after the holiday.
Whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not, there are plenty of things to be grateful for this November. Take a moment to take a step back and figure out what you have to be grateful for as this year comes to a close. Once you start thinking about it, you might be surprised at all the things you have to be grateful for in your own life.