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“The house was very quiet, and the fog—we are in November now—pressed against the windows like an excluded ghost.”
― E.M. Forster, Howards End
“In November, the smell of food is different. It is an orange smell. A squash and pumpkin smell. It tastes like cinnamon and can fill up a house in the morning, can pull everyone from bed in a fog. Food is better in November than any other time of the year."
“In November, the earth is growing quiet. It is making its bed, a winter bed for flowers and small creatures. The bed is white and silent, and much life can hide beneath its blankets."
“In November, the trees are standing all sticks and bones. Without their leaves, how lovely they are, spreading their arms like dancers. They know it is time to be still.”
― Cynthia Rylant, In November
“It is also November. The noons are more laconic and the sunsets sterner, and Gibraltar lights make the village foreign. November always seemed to me the Norway of the year. ------ is still with the sister who put her child in an ice nest last Monday forenoon. The redoubtable God! I notice where Death has been introduced, he frequently calls, making it desirable to forestall his advances.”
― Emily Dickinson, Lettere 1845-1886
“I heard a bird sing in the dark of December. A magical thing. And sweet to remember. We are nearer to Spring than we were in September. I heard a bird sing in the dark of December.”
― Oliver Herford
“Colored lights blink on and off, racing across the green boughs. Their reflections dance across exquisite glass globes and splinter into shards against tinsel thread and garlands of metallic filaments that disappear underneath the other ornaments and finery.
Shadows follow, joyful, laughing sprites.
The tree is rich with potential wonder.
All it needs is a glance from you to come alive.”
― Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration
“Christmastime was always my favorite time of year. It did something to me. It made me softer. More kindhearted. Not an affliction I fall prey to lately. But back then I loved the days leading up to Christmas almost as much as I loved the day itself.”
― Serena Valentino, Evil Thing
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THE END MONTHS OF THE YEAR ARE FILLED WITH DAYS OF REMEMBRANCE, THANKSGIVING, CHANGE, AND CELEBRATIONS
The old adage of saving the best for last aptly applies to the months of November and December. Days 1 and 2 of November are set aside as days of remembrance for the good and bad who have passed. All Saints Day is celebrated followed by All Souls Day or the Day of the Dead. Both living and passed are celebrated on November 11 with Veterans Day. This day is set aside to honor the living who served their country and to remember the sacrifices any one who serves his country may be called on to make, even the ultimate sacrifice. December also has a day set aside for remembrance for when the US was attacked on its own soil by a foreign power. Something that had not occurred for over 100 years and would be more than 50 years until it reoccurred.
In November with change the way we measure time as we changed back from Daylight Savings Time. Afternoons darken sooner but mornings become brighter earlier. In December the season changes with the advent of the winter solstice and the tendency turns more towards inside pursuits than those of the outdoors. Wood and leaf smoke begin to fill the air as the earth in our part of the world goes into its time of rest. A special day of thanksgiving has been set aside on the fourth Thursday of November, but then every day should be one of Thanksgiving. The season of Advent begins on a Sunday either in late November or early December. Friends and family gather during the last two months of the year to celebrate and remember and prepare for the new year with chances to do it all over again. And remember that by the end of December, spring is just around that proverbial corner.