On the other hand, one way in which I think our friends to the south truly have it right is the date of Thanksgiving. Here in Canada, Thanksgiving is celebrated the second Monday of October. It's a gorgeous time of year, all golds and rusts and warm autumn sunlight and richly blue skies. The air smells of leaves with a hint of bonfire and our tables and grocery stores and farmers markets groan from the abundance of the harvest. It's wonderful. We try to stretch it until Halloween and then... nothing. The horrible Halloween-to-Advent stretch of nothing.
I woke up this morning in a horrible mood. I hate November. I hate the clocks falling back. I hate the trees with no leaves, the drizzly almost-but-not-quite snow, the grey skies that seem to last for days, the driving-in-the-dark to almost everything. The only promise is of Christmas and while nobody loves Christmas more than me, I know that if we allow ourselves to get dragged into it during the month of November, it will be tired and faded by December 25th. If we had Thanksgiving to look forward to, the bleakness would be broken up and there would be something to look forward to that is less than a month away.
I have been pondering how to make November more interesting. There's Remembrance Day but while it is a significant and poignant event, it isn't exactly uplifting and a bright spot in the month. There's the starting to get ready for Christmas but it's still a bit early for the cooking (unless you are soaking fruitcake and given how I feel about fruitcake, that won't be happening here). There is no long weekend, no decorations, no special food, no excuse to get together with friends or family. If we had a family birthday this month (like some of my special friends, Kittenpie!), it might give us something to lighten the mood but all of our birthdays happen around the summer (a few just before, one just after).
If you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them. Right now, I just want to hibernate until first Advent. I really want to make the most of my time off and I don't want to just wish this month away but I find the darkness really discouraging. I'd love to hear how everyone else makes the month more fun.