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Celebrate This Holiday Season

Thanksgiving Family DinnerFlu season is upon us. Oh enough about that already! The Holiday Season is upon us! Before you moan and groan about shopping days and cooking the big Thanksgiving meal, let’s get a little adventurous with it all. There are plenty of holidays to celebrate in the month of November, and with the weather we’ve been having lately, we could all use an excuse for a party, right?

Moving right along, have yourselves an indoor picnic on Sandwich Day, November 3rd. Bake your own breads or rolls, and challenge the kids to invent a new and exciting sandwich. Anything goes, as long as everybody agrees to taste all your amazing concoctions.

Why not celebrate Guy Fawkes Day with a bonfire on November 5th? This one has been around since the early 17th century, when King James I persecuted Catholics and tried to make them all Protestants. We all know how that turned out, so let’s all celebrate our religious freedom together with a bang (minus the execution)!

For the parents, there’s Chaos Never Dies Day, November 9 (you just knew there was a special holiday made up for your family life, didn’t you?). You can go two ways with this one, either jump in and put one little piece of your life in order, or just go with the flow. The chaos will never completely go away anyway.

While Veteran’s Day is November 11th, if you have a special Marine in your life they may appreciate recognition of the birth of the USMC on November 10th (during the Revolutionary War).

We could all use a little more kindness, couldn’t we? Some great ideas for celebrating World Kindness Day on November 13th are just outside your door. Watch the neighborhood children at play, see kindness at work, or not. Bigger kids can be great role models for little ones, with only a simple reminder that we all should practice a little kindness. If for some reason you miss World Kindness Day, there’s always World Peace Day on November 17th, with much the same focus on living peacefully, with kindness to all.

I, for one, will not be observing Clean Your Refrigerator Day on November 15th, but don’t let that stop any of you, especially if you plan on hosting Thanksgiving Dinner and need to make room for your feast. I will more likely participate in Homemade Bread Day on November 17th, possibly trying out a new recipe for the occasion. And yes, bread machines DO count!

Remember last May and June, around Mothers’ Day and Fathers’ Day, I bet your kids were asking for a Children’s Day, weren’t they? Well, here it is, November 20th. It’s not Christmas, so I don’t think any presents are called for, but maybe some joyous celebrating in the ways of children, lots of playing, singing silly songs, etc. Just have fun with it!

As we get closer to Thanksgiving and the start of the traditional holiday season, stress starts to build. One way to beat it is to Go For a Ride on November 22nd. Challenge yourselves to find a unique mode of transportation, rather than just going for a ride in the car (uses too much gas anyway). If the weather allows, ride your bike, or snowmobile, or maybe a horse, or even the little red wagon that hasn’t seen much use recently. Find a new way to travel, leave your cares behind and Go For a Ride!

We get plenty of notice when Thanksgiving is coming, and are bombarded with advertisements to start gift shopping on Black Friday (or to ignore it and join in for Buy Nothing Day), but how many of us have ever celebrated Red Planet Day? On November 28th, look up and wave at our nearest neighbor, or maybe invite some local Martians to join in some leftovers. That is, if you have any … leftovers (your aliens are probably hanging around the cookie jar or plugged into some video games).

Anyway you look at it, there’s always a reason, or excuse, to celebrate with family and friends. You don’t have to wait for the traditional Biggies to break with the everyday. Any day can be a fun day. And when your stress meter is about to break, it’s time for a holiday! Let’s celebrate!

Patti Hermes

Patti Hermes, Parent to Parent, is living the dream with her high school sweetheart, raising their boys in the Midwest because it's a good starting point for epic road trips. While writing, reading and homeschooling take up most of her time, she still blogs at HermesParent to ParentParentingParent to Parent Celebrate This Holiday Season Flu season is upon us. Oh enough about that already! The Holiday Season is upon us! Before you moan and groan about shopping days and cooking the big Thanksgiving meal, let's get a little adventurous with it all. There are plenty of holidays...Parenting Advice| Family Fun Activities for Kids