Mark your calendar for November 2016, which we like to think of as the month of food, when the best of cooks can shine and the best of eaters will surely get their fill.
And the dead leaves lie huddled and still,
No longer blown hither and thither;
The last lone aster is gone;
The flowers of the witch-hazel wither …
–Robert Frost (1874-1963)
We’ve made this month, named for the old ninth (novem) month in the Roman calendar, into a social time of community suppers, feasts of thanksgiving, and general elections.
- November 1 is All Saints’ Day.
- November 4 is Will Rogers Day.
- November 5 is Sadie Hawkins Day.
- November 6 is the end of Daylight Saving Time. Set your clocks back!
- November 8 is Election Day (U.S.).
- November 11 is Veteran’s Day (U.S.) and Remembrance Day (Canada).
- Remembrance Day (Canada) also falls on the 11th November.
- If you’re fortunate, you may experience Indian Summer in November; but it can only come between November 11 and 20. What is Indian Summer?
- This year, Thanksgiving Day (U.S.) arrives on Thursday, November 24. Understand the history and origins of Thanksgiving.
Recipes for the Season
It’s time to start thinking about holiday preparations.
Consult our collection of Thanksgiving recipes—from the big bird to stuffing to deserving side dishes to desserts!
You may also enjoy these make-ahead Thanksgiving recipes; they can be prepared ahead of the big feast day.
If you’re serving turkey, here’s tips on how to roast the bird.
Leftovers? Try this Day-After-Turkey-Dinner Hash!
Learn more about Thanksgiving’s foods with these fun facts pages:
The Great Yam Scam: Are Sweet Potatoes Really “Yams?”
November’s full Moon, the Full Beaver Moon, occurs on the 14th, at 8:52 a.m. EST. It’s the brightest and nearest Full Moon of the year—and perhaps your lifetime! Learn more and enjoy our free observatory show on the November Moon page.
In November’s dark skies, the night is a stargazers delight. See November highlights and a printable sky map.
Use small stakes or markers where you’ve planted bulbs or late-starting plants in the perennial garden to avoid disturbing them when you begin spring soil preparation.
Check trees around your house for weak branches that should be removed by you now, rather than by snow and ice later.
See more gardening jobs for the month of November.
November’s birth flower is the chrysanthemum. Generally, chrysanthemums represent cheerfulness. A red one conveys “I love you.” White symbolizes truth or pure love. A yellow one indicates slighted love.
The holiday season is now upon us! Check out our Holiday Cooking and Cleaning Checklist
It’s also the start of cold and flu season. Here are natural cold remedies for your body and mind.
Stay warm with a cozy fire. See our Best Bets for Firewood.
November’s Zodiac Signs are:
- Scorpio: October 23 to November 22
- Sagittarius: November 23 to December 21
- If there’s ice in November that will bear a duck, There’ll be nothing after but sludge and muck.
- November take flail; let ships no more sail.
- If trees show buds in November, the winter will last until May.
- There is no better month in the year to cut wood than November.
- Ice in November brings mud in December.