I love the month of November. For me it kicks off the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons. Here at StoneGable the weather is turning quite chilly and I love to bundle up! The evening are longer and our candlelit home never looks better! Yes, there is a lot to love and do in November!
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Even though our holiday season might look different this year let’s commit to making the most of it. And not waste one day on worry or frustration!
Let’s live in the moment and use each day of November with gusto and thankfulness!
Here are some fun and productive things to do in November…
PLAN YOUR HOLIDAY MEALS
NOW is the time to plan all those holiday meals. YUM! Even if you are having just a small group for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner plan them all now.
Also if you are having any small gatherings sit down and plan all of them! Make a list of ingredients you will need too.
My Christmas dinner is already planned. We will have a very intimate Christmas this year but my Christmas dinner will be delicious.
Here is my very favorite HOLIDAY BEEF BRISKET.
It is a slow cooker make-ahead main dish that makes its own wonderful sauce and it is sublime! All I do for dinner Christmas day is reheat it.
Believe me, this is a winner Christmas dinner. I often serve it with celery root mashed potatoes, roasted carrots and a big Christmas salad.
TRANSITION DECOR FROM FALL TO CHRISTMAS
I find it so much easier transitioning decor from fall to Christmas instead of taking all my fall decor down in one or two days and then putting up all my Christmas decor.
PHEW! Lots of work and lots of shuffling and schlepping decor!
There really is a much easier way to gently float from fall into Christmas without losing your Christmas spirit!
I usually take all my “overtly” fall decor down the very beginning of November. Most of my real and faux pumpkins go and so do mums, gourds etc.
I might leave one or two pretty little pumpkins still around but I replace my fall decor with Christmas decor that will work for Thanksgiving too.
Like snow and deer sheds and pheasant feathers and pinecones and boxwood.
Look for a post on Wednesday about how to transition from fall to Christmas effortlessly!
Also, now is the time to check out all your Christmas decor and see what you might need to purge and what you also might need to get.
Here is a WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS EMPORIUM that full of Christmas decor. My blogging friends and I have looked all over the best online stores to stock our virtual Emporium!
START CHRISTMAS DIY PROJECTS NOW
Most of us don’t start our Christmas DIY projects soon enough. And then we either rush to get them done or give and don’t finish them! I know because I do that too!
I’m making these darling MASON JAR FROSTY LANTERNS to add to my Christmas decor this year!
Even if you are not crafty you can make these! And they would make the sweetest gift!
Aren’t these CLOTHESPIN SNOWFLAKE ORNAMENTS so pretty? I’m making them to go on gifts this year! I love the idea of a gift on a gift!
BEGIN A JOURNAL
One of the nicest things you can do for yourself and other is to start a journal/ diary/ gratitude journal etc!
The thought to write a journal came to me because I wanted to remember the day recently that my two year old grandson asked to FaceTime me. And I answered the phone and was greeted with this sweet face and a loud, “HI. GIGI!”. I thought it was so precious that this little guy thought of me!
Even during the pandemic our lives are so busy and we tend to forget the little joys and moments in life! Commit to spending just 10 minutes at the end of the day writing in it.
During this month of Thanksgiving let’s be thankful. And write even the littlest thing down.
Wow, you will be so surprised at all the sweet little things that have happened in your life!
And while you are at it, get some fun pens to write with like THESE. They are my favorite!
WALK OR EXERCISE REGULARLY
Can you guess the first thing that takes a back seat when I have a super busy day? Exercise!
And exercise is just what I need the most! November and December are big months for celebrating with food!
Make a personal commitment to move your body!
I usually swim but since Covid the pools around me have been closed. So I’m walking. But to be honest, I’m really NOT walking! I’m not doing much of anything.
So, why not join me and commit or recommit to exercise! I’m dusting off my treadmill this morning and planning a date with it each day!
Along with exercise remember to…
- take your meds and vitamins
- drink lots of water
- eat sensibly
Let’s move away from exercise and talk about something more important… COOKIES!
November is the month to make cookie dough and freeze it until you are ready to bake them.
I used to make lots of different kinds of cookies at Christmas. But I’ve gotten wiser over the years and trimmed my cookie baking to just a few cookies we love the most!
My favorite cookie are MY VERY BEST SUGAR COOKIES. They are a must try!
Make the cookie dough, form it into a disk or log and wrap it in plastic wrap, put it in a labeled freezer bag and freeze it until you are ready to use it.
Here are our other favorites…
DECORATE A TABLETOP TREE
You don’t have to get out your big tree yet, but think about decorating a tabletop tree!
They are so easy to decorate and so much fun! Yes, it is a bit early but it’s just the best size tree to decorate and it gives you a little head start on Christmas decorating!
START A NEW HOBBY
I usually save this tip for the New Year but I’m getting the itch to try something new. So I thought you might be too!
I’m so wildly busy and tired during this time of year I often watch tv in the evening. I do not like to fall into this default-setting, mindlessness every night.
I love to read, but when I’m tired reading makes me even more sleepy!
So I’m picking up knitting needles again! I learned to knit as a young child when we lived in Scotland and have knitted off and on for decades. So I’m starting an easy chunky throw.
How about you? Why not fill up some of your time taking up a new hobby!
One hobby that looks so fun is a grown-up paint by number. You can find companies that will put one of your own photographs into a paint by number image.
Bobby is really a great artist so I thought this might be fun for him. Don’t tell him, but this is one of his Christmas gifts.
Here are some fun hobbies to think about…
- Sourdough bread making- been doing this and it’s addictive
- indoor gardening- just got a microgreens kit here
- crossword puzzles (we love these too)
- jigsaw puzzles
- dancing (lots of youtube videos)
- learn a new language
- virtual book club
- try geocaching
- play games like cards and scrabble (LOVE scrabble)
- learn calligraphy
- play an instrument
- write letters, notes, and cards to those you love
If you have a hobby you love please tell us in the comments.
GET YOUR CHRISTMAS CARDS READY
I think Christmas cards are much needed this Christmas! People need to know other people are thinking about them.
Even if sending Christmas cards are not normally what you do, think about sending them this year!
There is such joy about getting Christmas cards!
Buy cards now or take pictures for your Christmas cards and get them printed!
And please write a personal line or two to each person on your Christmas card list!
There’s a lot of fun, meaningful and productive things to do in November! So get busy and enjoy this glorious month!