Tag Archives: November 2013

November 23: Eat a Cranberry Day

cranberriesNovember 23 is Eat a Cranberry Day! Ever since I saw this, I’ve been racking my brain to remember if I’ve ever eaten a fresh cranberry, and I don’t think I have. It’s rather ridiculous, because I really enjoy a little cup of cranberry juice (especially if it’s cranberry grape), and I’m super excited for the cranberry sauce and cranberry jello that I know is coming next week. 🙂 I even like snacking on “Craisins” (Technically, I suppose they are dried cranberries, but I’ve always thought of them as craisins.) Maybe it’s time for me to try out some fresh cranberries.

If straight cranberries aren’t your cup of tea, check out this page for some fun looking recipes, all featuring the cranberry.

“In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world—just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace.”

Colossians 1:6b

I know it's still November (and I really do love Thanksgiving!), but I can't wait for Christmas!

I know it’s still November (and I really do love Thanksgiving!), but I can’t wait for Christmas!

November 10: Forget-Me-Not Day

forget-me-notsForget-Me-Not! November 10 is a holiday for connecting with old friends, those who you haven’t talked to in a while, but that you definitely want to forget-you-not.

There are many legends around the flower called “forget-me-not.” According to one legend, God was naming the plants, but didn’t notice the small blue blooms, until they cried out, “Father, forget me not!” In response, God blessed the flower with the name it had cried and the ability to remind others of their loved ones.

“Remember me, Lord, when you show favor to your people,
come to my aid when you save them,
that I may enjoy the prosperity of your chosen ones,
that I may share in the joy of your nation
and join your inheritance in giving praise.”

Psalm 106:4-5

November 9: Chaos Never Dies Day

Moscow Metro in 2008, image credit Christophe Meneboeuf

Moscow Metro, 2008; image credit Christophe Meneboeuf

I said it last year, and I’ll say it again: chaos never dies. It might slack off a bit or come on full force, but it will never, ever die (at least in this life!).

November 9 may have been chosen for this holiday due to the Northeast Blackout of 1965, where over 30 million people were without power for several hours. This seems like it shouldn’t be a big deal to me, but if you can imagine being stranded in the dark in New York City, a place where, usually, the lights and noise never stop and where you probably depend on public transportation to get anywhere.

I've never seen anything like the traffic at the Arc de Triomphe roundabout in Paris - and this picture shows it relatively calm and peaceful, a far cry from rush hour!

I’ve never seen anything like the traffic at the Arc de Triomphe roundabout in Paris – and this picture shows it relatively calm and peaceful, a far cry from rush hour!

You can celebrate Chaos Never Dies Day by reveling in the chaos or working to lessen it, whichever you prefer, as long as you recognize that you won’t completely conquer it. And, if you don’t have to deal with situations like these pictures on a daily basis, you can be thankful. If you do have to deal with them . . . I’m sorry. (And I’m glad I’m not you!)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7

November 8: Abet and Aid Punsters Day

It’s Abet and Aid Punsters Day! Today, it’s laughing, not groaning, as you share the worst word plays you know! That means no “joke probation” on November 8. 🙂 (Yes, from childhood, my husband has spent quite a bit of time on joke probation, but he can’t seem to stop himself!)

Here’s one from the Punster’s Unlimited treasury (or registry!) of worst puns:

Though he’s not very humble, there’s no police like Holmes.

Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

(Check here for a little bit of information and a lot of puns!)

P.S. November 8 is also Dunce Day. Check out last year’s post for one of the funniest historical etymologies I’ve discovered yet, and the reason for this holiday! (Okay, maybe “historical etymology” doesn’t sound very appealing, but, honestly, it’s hilarious!)

“He will yet fill your mouth with laughter
and your lips with shouts of joy.”

Job 8:21

November 7*: National Men Make Dinner Day

On the first Thursday in November, it’s National Men Make Dinner Day!

plateI love this holiday, but, I have to admit, I am one lucky girl. In many ways my husband is a better cook than I am, and he cooks some tasty stuff pretty regularly. We’re rather a reversal of normal – I need a recipe, while he is more than happy choosing ingredients and “guesstimating.” The weird thing is that it almost always turns out great!

But, whether you (men) or the men in your life (women) are gourmet chefs or uncertain which doohickey is the spatula, today is the day for them to cook dinner, unaided. Check out the National Men Make Dinner Day website for more information, tips, recipes, and, of course, the rules – All women must avoid the kitchen unless the smoke alarm goes off, you’re not allowed to grab takeout and feed the kitchen results to the dog, etc. 🙂

Bon appetit!

“Is tasteless food eaten without salt,
or is there flavor in the sap of the mallow?”

Job 6:6

 

P.S. November 7 is also International Tongue Twister Day.

November 6: Saxophone Day

Happy Saxophone Day!

Please check out last year’s post for more information on the saxophone and Saxophone Day. In the meantime, here’s the Donna Lee Saxophone Quartet playing “The Pink Panther!”

and for those of you who don’t think the saxophone is a “real” instrument, try this one on for size. 🙂 It’s the National Saxophone Choir of Great Britain playing Bach’s Toccata. Yikes!

“We played the pipe for you,
and you did not dance;
we sang a dirge,
and you did not mourn.”

Matthew 11:17

November 5: Guy Fawkes Night

Guy Fawkes Night Fireworks; image credit KSDigital at http://www.flickr.com/photos/kelvynskee/5155168711/I’ve been writing a daily holiday post for almost two years now. According to my wordpress stats, this is my 685th post (there are a handful of days I did two for). I think I can safely say that most holidays celebrate a great victory or other event, great cause, great person, or a great thing (like National Cheese Pizza Day or National Chess Day). Today’s holiday does celebrate a great event . . . sort of:

James_I,_VI_by_John_de_Critz,_c.1606.On November 5, 1605, the entire government of England did NOT get blown up.

Personally, I really do think that’s a great thing, but it’s not the sort of thing I would normally celebrate. Instead, I would tend to expect it, and we don’t usually celebrate what we take for granted. But England is different. Every year on November 5 they party – bonfires, fireworks, and, my personal favorite, burning Guy Fawkes in effigy. 🙂

Princess Elizabeth (Elizabeth of Bohemia, 'The Winter Queen'), 1596–1662, aged seven, by Robert Peake the elderFor a better explanation of what happened in 1605, see last year’s post on Guy Fawkes Day, but here’s your quick history: Several men secretly placed 36 barrels of gunpowder (enough to destroy the building and probably kill everyone inside) in the basements of the English parliament building, underneath the House of Lords. On November 5, King James was expected to officially open Parliament. Much of England’s royalty would be present. With them out of the way, the conspirators planned to replace King James with his young daughter, princess Elizabeth. 

Guy_Fawkes_in_Ordsall_Cave by George CruikshankThe plot probably would have succeeded, except that one of the conspirators  warned a friend to avoid the opening. This prompted a thorough search of the building, where the authorities found Guy Fawkes guarding the gunpowder shortly after midnight on November 5. The conspirators fled, but were soon caught and publicly, violently, executed.

“A king’s wrath strikes terror like the roar of a lion;
those who anger him forfeit their lives.”

Proverbs 20:2