The month of November can be quite underrated by some. In between the excitement of Halloween and the preparation for Christmas, the month of November tends to fall by the wayside. But there are so many amazing things that I love about November that I refuse to let it be forgotten so here are a few of what I think are the best things about November!
One of my favorite parts of November is the re-introduction of Starbucks red cups, which can only mean one thing, the return of my favorite Starbucks drinks (hello peppermint mocha)! It's always a social event when the cups return as everyone alerts their friends to get to a Starbucks fast. I got three text messages and saw several Instagram posts!
Another reason to love the month of November is the weather! Fall is officially in full swing and the weather is definitely showcasing a bit of a chill. October tends to be a bit too warm in San Francisco, feeling more like summer than Fall, so November is my month to take advantage of all the cute sweaters, tights and boots that I couldn't wait to pull out for Fall.
Now, it may seem like a little early for Advent calendars, but you definitely need to grab them before December 1st! There are some awesome advent calendars coming out this year like Benefit Cosmetics Advent Calendar, or the Yankee Candle Countdown to Christmas or even the David's Tea 24 Days of Tea (Davids Tea already sold out online, but i'm sure they'll get a new shipment soon!). I waited until last November last year and there were no cute Advent Calendars to be had anywhere! They had sold out weeks prior to all those who knew to get their Advent Calendars early. I will not make that same mistake this year so be sure to grab your favorite Advent Calendar early this year and have it stashed away until December.
Now, who could forget about Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it brings family and friend together under the banner of food and thanks. Who couldn't love that?! I spend the morning making the Pumpkin Pie for our families' T-day dinner, while my sister makes crescent rolls from scratch and my boyfriend makes his homemade cranberry sauce, which my sister like to refer to as 'crackberry sauce'. While we all cook, we re-watch every awesome Thanksgiving episodes from some of my favorite shows, Gossip Girl, The O.C. and Friends (seriously, they each have the best Thanksgiving episodes ever) in between watching clips of the Thanksgiving Day Parade. It's just a wonderful day that I get to spend with the people close to me.
Now, this may not be one of the best things about November for some, but the sales on Black Friday, are one of the best things about November to me because of the tradition it holds for my mom and sister. Every year, my older sister, early riser that she is, gets up at 3 or 4 in the morning to come wake me and my mom up to get dressed. I spend the next 20 minutes complaining and swearing in whispers, because my dad is still asleep like a normal person, that it's crazy for anyone to get up this early and we're all very crazy for doing so. This complaining continues until we pop into our local Starbucks and my sister usually buys me the largest skinny Peppermint Mocha known to man. The complaining officially subsides after about an hour of shopping when I look around at all the oodles of goodies I got and the amount of people I got to cross off my Christmas list. After a couple of hours of shopping, my mom, sister and I always love to pop into a local diner to grab an early breakfast while we chat. It's always been an amazing tradition for us to have together and I'm excited to see it continue this year!
How about you? What do you think is one of the best things about November?