I can’t believe it’s already November! So much to do this month we better get started now!!
The month begins with All Saints Day on the first, a day set aside way back in 998 for Christians to remember 10,000 saints (give or take), many which were martyrs. But that's not all. The next day, November 2nd is All Souls Day. This day was established to remember all the dearly departed as they move from earth to their new celestial home. AKA Day of the Dead. The All Saints and Souls Days were first celebrated in May. But the church decided that it might be prudent to move both days to the first days of November to distract the throngs that were celebrating the pagan holiday of Halloween or the Mexican holidays of Dias De Los Muertos. But I guess it all backfired cause now all those days are celebrated. An excuse to party is an excuse to party, right?!
Now that the saints and sinners have been dealt with, (and maybe a couple of the un-dead) let’s see what else is going on in November, shall we!?
The 4th brings us the annual celebration of King Tut Day!! Young Tutankhamen began his reign as King of Egypt at the ripe old age of 9! I can only well imagine how that may have gone. (Wonder if there was a lot of ‘I’m gonna tell mom!’ or “Are so…are NOT…are SO…are not…”) Something went awry because it was only ten years later and the young King was dead. He must have known something was coming though, even at the tender age of 9, because he summoned his architects who drew up an elaborate pyramid scheme, filed the right permits down at city hall and the building commenced shortly thereafter with the help of a few thousand non-union slaves. Amazingly the Great Pyramid still stands today and so we celebrate it’s discovery (which goes without saying was November 4, 1922, some 80 years ago. ) Now if you aren't able to visit the great pyramids in Egypt, not to worry!! They have a pretty good one in Vegas too....
I would be remiss if I didn’t also remind you that November 4th rings in the end of daylight savings time. When you hit the sack on Saturday night, and you don’t have a ‘smart’ clock, set the time back one hour. Not only do you get another hours sleep, but we will actually have sunshine in the morning and darkness in the evening. What a concept, eh!?
Tuesday, November 6th, rally round your local polling place because it's time to VOTE! This isn't a year to procrastinate either. You might have to stand in line an hour or two but that's a wee small price to pay considering what's at stake.
On the 8th, go crazy cause it’s Cook Something Bold Day. That’s right…go nuts and make your favorite recipe that fills your home with the aroma of homemade fare! How about some chicken soup to prepare for Chicken Soup for the Soul day on the 12th!? Two birds…one pot o’ goodness! I mean, that many Jewish mothers couldn’t be wrong…...chicken soup is good for the body and soul!
As we round the bend to the end of the first half of the month, how better than on the 15th to take part in the festival known as Clean Out Your Refrigerator day! Yep! Out with the old and in with the new! And a good dose of soap and water to give it great sparkle!! Just in time for stocking up for the the big T-day!! You can skip this day if you’d like, but don’t be surprised if you’re the next one we’re all watching on ‘Hoarders’…..ewwwwww!
The 17th is near and dear to my heart….Homemade Bread Day! Is there anything that is as home-warming and fabulous smelling than freshly baking bread!? I think not. And the flavor is amazing! Once you start baking all your own breads, you’re hooked. You know I could (and have!) yammered on endlessly about bread baking so I will stop….I think…
Thanksgiving is the BIG day of November on the 22nd. Memorializing the harvest shared by the first settlers of our Great Nation and the American Indians. The settlers spent their first winter aboard ship and by late winter they were starving and diseased with only half the original group surviving. They eventually moved onto land and were quite surprisingly greeted by Abenaki Indians. A relationship flourished. The Abenaki taught the settlers how to plant and harvest corn, tap maple trees for it’s sap, catch local fish, and were taught what plants were good to eat and which were poisonous. It was in November of 1621 that the first harmonious feast was held, celebrating the great harvest! And so it goes today. It’s a day to remember how vast is our fortune, how wonderful the bounty we have at our fingertips, how blessed we really are. So from me to you, I wish you and your family a very wonderful Happy Thanksgiving!
And by the way….what’ cooking at your house in November?!