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Perspective | November Appreciation Month
Editorial: As featured in volume 112, issue 5 of The Collegian.
Ah, November. You’re the middle child of the last three months that everyone overlooks.
Of course, when your older sibling October is the start of fall and widely considered the spookiest time of the year, and your younger sibling December steals your spotlight by putting Christmas decorations and carols in our minds and ears a whole month before their time, it’s easy to see why.
After all, you’re left with Election Day, one of the most divisive times in our country, the colonist holiday of Thanksgiving, immediately followed by the “holiday” where people will literally turn into MMA fighters over a Walmart TV with Black Friday.
I get it, it’s difficult to get the attention you deserve, November. But let’s take a look at why we should take some time to move on from Halloween, and for the love of all that is not Mariah Carey, why we should wait to celebrate Christmas.
As with many other months, November is the awareness month for several different subjects. It is the awareness month for adoption, diabetes, epilepsy, and child safety. November also hosts Veteran’s Day, celebrating the end of World War 1, which ended on the 11th month, on the 11th day, at the 11th hour.
November holds an interesting place name-wise among the months. Similar to many of the moths, November was named after a Roman word or person. “Nonus” is the Latin word for ninth, as November used to be the ninth month of the Roman calendar year. And I know that many people are confused, as November is the eleventh month of the calendar year.
November hosts many fun and exciting entertainment events as well. For example, as far as sports seasons go, many football, volleyball, and soccer seasons are in their last legs, bringing in the excitement of potential championships.
Simultaneously, it heralds the start of the basketball season, yet another exciting sports season. One could argue that for sports fans, November is the best month due to the overlap of seasons it hosts between fall and winter sports.
Another staple of November is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, and while I have my choice words for the Thanksgiving holiday, the parade is always an exciting entertainment provider.
So if you are already hanging your stockings and blaring “All I Want for Christmas is You” already, slow down and enjoy the month.
November is a month to relax, be with family and friends, and is a good time to wrap up any desires you may have before the end of the year occurs
Take the time to enjoy the outdoors before the freezing winter season hits, enjoy the last weeks of fall, and enjoy the time off you get from breaks.