Three for November
November and the end of Daylight Saving Time are here — did you remember to turn your clocks back an hour this morning? — as are frosty mornings and evenings that will need to be made cozy.
The beginning of November is the calm before the holiday storm, which fiercely hits mid-way through the month — the downtown Wells Fargo Tree Lighting complete with visiting Santa is set for Nov. 15! — and doesn’t let go until ... January.
So get ready.
Tell a veteran, or two, or three, or as many as you can find, thank you. It can’t be said enough, but if you need an excuse to show appreciation to those who served our country in the armed forces, then use Veterans Day, Nov. 11.
And don’t miss the local parade to honor veterans. It is set to begin at 2 p.m. Nov. 9 on Main Street in the downtown area.
It’s Thanksgiving. It’s the first full day of Hanukkah. It’s Thanksgivukkah!
There has been plenty of debate as to the last time a convergence of these holidays occurred — 125 years ago by some calculations — and if it will or won’t happen again thousands of years from now.
But seriously, there’s fun to be had in mixing holidays, as can be seen in recipes, greeting cards and other items available. Moderntribe.com offers a card that combines “American Gothic” with a menorah and T-shirts printed with a turkey, menorah and reading “8 days of light liberty and latkes.”
A boy in New York even designed a “menurkey.” (A turkey-shaped menorah. Get it?)
Jewish or not, consider honoring the holiday mash up in some way — ideas abound online — during the last week of November.
Grief following the death of a loved one isn’t an easy subject, but one we can all identify with.
On Nov. 21, Children’s Grief Awareness Day, HopeWest is encouraging everyone to wear blue in support of grieving children and teens.
As you think of what blue piece of clothing you can wear, consider these sad statistics that were in a news release from HopeWest:
“One in five youth will experience the death of someone close to them before they graduate high school.
“One in 20 youth will experience the death of one or both parents before their 15th birthday.”