In most parts of the United States, trees have already lost their leaves. However, where I live we often see the peak of fall colors in November. Daylight Saving Time ends and nights come early. But what else can we learn about our eleventh month?
November, the ninth month in the ancient Roman calendar, gets its name from the Latin word novem, meaning nine.
“November comes, and November goes. With last red berries, and the first white snows.” ~Elizabeth Coatsworth
A bit of November trivia:
- Topaz is the November birthstone
- The chrysanthemum is the month’s flower
- On November 2, 1769 a Spanish expedition reached San Francisco Bay
- Mission San Juan Capistrano was founded in California on November 1, 1776. San Juan Capistrano is known for the swallows that nest there. Each year swallows leave their nests at the mission around St. John’s Day on October 23 and return around the time of St. Joseph’s day on March 19.
- Rutgers and Princeton Universities played the first intercollegiate football game in the US on November 6, 1869.
- World War I ended on November 11, 1918 with the signing of the Armistice agreement between the Allied and Central powers. The agreement went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
- November is Peanut Butter Lovers Month, National Sleep Comfort Month, and Aviation History Month
- In the United States, we celebrate Veterans Day on November 11. Thanksgiving Day occurs on the fourth Thursday of the month (this year on November 26).
- Six states joined the Union during the month of November. North Carolina (by ratification) in 1789, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, and Washington in 1889, and in 1907 Oklahoma became the first state admitted in the 20th century.
- Famous people born in November include actor Matthew McConaughey, singer Glenn Frey of the Eagles, novelist Margaret Mitchell, folk singer Mary Travers of Peter, Paul, and Mary, painter Georgia O’Keeffe, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, and author C S Lewis.
Many people flock to stores on shopping malls on the day after Thanksgiving. What about you? Do you shop or prefer to spend time at home with family?