A nice cup of hot chocolate on Saturday afternoon, started my favorite month of the year in the perfect way. November came in with brisk winds and the signs that autumn, while still here, is bringing us towards that first snowfall. November is a busy month, as holiday preparations begin. I always host Thanksgiving at my home and I have always thought it the perfect holiday. Family and good food, without the added burden of presents to buy. I look forward to my daughters being home for a long weekend and spending some quality time with them.
November brings cozy fires, soft blankets and nights turning on the lights earlier and earlier to chase away the darkness. Daylight savings time seems to slow the evenings down and bring a quieter pace to most nights. Cozy dinners are planned and candles are part of the ritual. The days will be busy with all the projects still needing to be done before the holidays, but as darkness falls earlier and earlier, my pace changes too.
November is somewhat of the calm before the storm of the Christmas holidays. I don't rush through these days and really don't think too much about Christmas until after Thanksgiving. I will still enjoy my autumn decor and do what I can to keep the ever earlier Christmas decorating in the background. I will celebrate November, because December will come soon enough.