Ever since I was very young, November has been my favourite month. I'm born in December and so you might think I would love December the most because my birthday is then and Christmas is then - and I love Christmas - but no, I heart November.
I was due in November, maybe that is why?
November has all the fun of December, but is more laid back, if you know what I mean. There is more time to just enjoy the warmer weather and the lead up to Christmas without having to stress so much about Christmas grocery shopping (my most loathed activity - why can't the food just appear in the fridge???).
But more than that...
November, for me, starts with Beltaine - the feast of fertility! This has always been my favouritist of favourite sabbats. In the northern hemisphere this day is most commonly known as May Day, or Maypole day, but as spring in the southern hemisphere happens later in the year, we celebrate May Day around now. Some celebrate Beltaine on the 31st of October and blend it in with Halloween celebrations, but I'm one of those who likes to keep those things separate (as Halloween has nothing much to do with Samhain anymore anyway, and certainly nothing to do with Beltaine).
Last night I was inspired by everyone's Halloween posts on Facebook to paint this:
As you can see, in my mind Halloween is still part of the harvest festival with the harvest moon.
The astrological date of Beltaine these days is actually on the 7th of November, but I'm a bit of a traditionalist, so I celebrate on the first, but keep in mind that this is more of a Beltaine Week thing really...
Blessed Beltaine Everyone!
May the coming year be a fruitful one for you!
So, what else does November have to offer?
Well, the school fair at primary school - and as of this year the school fair at high school as well!
Our family looks forward to the school fair every year. If there is one thing our school does so very, very well, it's the fair. We all have a great family day out, with rides and fairy floss and face painting and catching up with other families and being part of a community. There is also the Artist Camp Exhibition which we have participated in for the past few years. First Erik submitted for three years, and this year I've submitted. I would love to get the Grumpy Old Man to submit something - he is very skilled - maybe next year.
This year on the same weekend (EEEEeeeee!) we will have the high school fair day as well. I'm excited to see what they come up with - as they are also full of fun!
In the middle of the month the Grumpy Old Man and I will celebrate fifteen years of marriage - and seventeen years of being together - which is quite a milestone. I was going to have a vow renewal at our 10th anniversary, but then Ari was just two weeks old, so I put it off to our fifteenth, but guess what, I still haven't organised it! Maybe for our twentieth anniversary...
November is also the month of NaNoWriMo! I have participated - but not won - in the past two years, but this year I'm giving it a break because I need to concentrate on my studies. Still, there is something heartwarming thinking of all those hundreds of thousands of writers around the world busily beavering away to reach their 50 000 word goal! I wish them all well!
And there is no forgetting that November is the first true month of warm weather here in Melbourne each year - that is always something to celebrate!