November is upon us. Family, Food, and Football! With Veterans Day on the 11th and Thanksgiving on the 24th, there is no shortage of days to celebrate. While we honor our soldiers and gather with family, here are some other noteworthy days in November.
3rd National Housewife’s Day happens to be the same day as National Men Make Dinner Day (First Thursday in November) this year. I think it’s fate. The rules specifically say, “No BBQing allowed,” but I love a good meal from the grill, so I’m ignoring that caveat. We can observe these “holidays” however we see fit.
4th National Candy Day: What is national candy day doing in November, not even a week after Halloween? Is this maybe “Buy All the Discounted Halloween Candy Day”?
5th National Donut Day: Yes, please. I’ll take a classic glazed… ooo and maybe a Bear Claw.
National Play Outside Day: (First Saturday of Every Month) This sounds like a great idea no matter your age. Whether it’s a game of tag in the backyard, tossing around a frisbee at the park, or flying a kite at the beach, today is a perfect excuse to get outside and move.
6th Fruitcake season is upon us. It’s not a holiday… but if you intend to make fruitcakes for Christmas, I thought I would warn you that it’s time to get baking!
8th National STEM/STEAM Day: There are so many great STEM/STEAM toys out there combining learning and play. But there’s no need to spend lots of money to get your kids interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Mommy Poppins has a list of 64 science projects you can do at home. You can spark your child’s curiosity and wonder using items found around the house.
11th Veterans Day: God Bless America and God Bless the men and women who have served to protect it.
15th National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day: Maybe not as fun as Donut Day, but it definitely neeeeeeeds to happen. Gotta make room for all those Thanksgiving leftovers. This is a great chore to get the kids involved with. The little helpers can assist with tasks like finding expiration dates, rinsing out Tupperware, and sorting trash from recycling.
18th National Princess Day: This might be my favorite National Day. Even as a grown woman, I think I will bust out my tiara (I have quite a few to choose from), wear my prettiest dress, and celebrate National Princess Day! And for good measure, I’ll probably watch The Princess Diaries as well. This could be a fantastic Mommy-Daughter night, and the little princes of the household can play along as well.
20th -27th Game and Puzzle Week: (third week of November) Puzzles and Games are not just great fun for the whole family; they can also build character and problem-solving skills. Crossword, word search, and logic puzzles are often considered solitary games, but jigsaw puzzles can easily be a team event. Either way, bust out a game or puzzle and declare a family game night.
21st National Gingerbread Cookie Day: Gingerbread cookies smell amazing and are a ton of fun to decorate! There are A LOT of recipes out there, but this one seems pretty spot-on and easy to follow. You can decorate with whatever you choose, but if you want your cookies stackable, you'll have to make some royal icing as well. No time to make everything from scratch? You can buy a kit and still enjoy a family activity that ends in eating cookies. It sounds like a Win to me!
24th Thanksgiving! A day of family traditions. Oh, this is your reminder to check on the rolls in the oven. It is a Lynch family tradition to burn the dinner rolls.
30th Rockefeller Tree Lighting: You don’t have to live in New York to enjoy this beautiful tradition. The Tree Lighting ceremony is always televised (NBC) with celebrity hosts and performers. It’s an easy way for the family to kick the holiday season off together.