It’s finally November. I don’t know about you, but November is one of my most favorite months.
Reason number 1: it’s Fall and all the trees are changing colors and the air is crisp. And despite the fact that I live in SoCal, it sometimes RAINS. Now this doesn’t happen very often so as you can imagine, when it rains, I’m like a kid in a candy store. I love the way you can smell the rain before you can hear it or see it. SO, at the first smell of rain, I run outside and just stand in it, take a few deep breaths, and sometimes dance a bit (but don’t tell anyone).
Reason number 2: Thanksgiving!!! I love every aspect of this holiday; I love the food, I love the family, and I love love love all of the thoughtfulness that comes along with it.
Food: In my family, we have the usual turkey dinner with mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, rolls, green beans and pie at the end. As you can probably tell, even though we feed eight to nine people that day, we end up having a lot of food, which means a lot of leftovers. #leftoversfordays.
I love Thanksgiving leftovers, but they can get old really really fast. Here are a few ways to make the most of your holiday leftovers!
- Make a turkey and cranberry sauce wrap. Include some lettuce to give it a little bit of a crunch, wrap all of the fillings in a tortilla, and you’ve made yourself a delicious, tart, and healthy lunch or dinner.
- Another way to get rid of leftovers is to put your own twist on breakfast! My family makes type of Thanksgiving Moco Loco. You take an egg or two and heat up some stuffing and some potatoes to go underneath the egg. Once the eggs are cooked to perfection put them on top of the stuffing and potatoes and break the yolks to let them ooze down into the eggs. To make it even better, if you have any leftover rolls, you can use them to sop up the remaining yolk.
Family: I think in every family, loved ones can get on your nerves really quick. However difficult it seems, we have to love them no matter what. My family has found that on Thanksgiving if we put our differences and annoyances aside, it makes the holiday much more enjoyable. One great way to do that is to focus on being thankful for them, instead of what they said or did. Another way my family keeps the good vibes comin’ is to bring out games or to ask for help preparing the food, preoccupying everyone to work towards a shared goal: eating!
The Thoughtfulness: A lot of families spend thanksgiving at home eating dinner with family, and that is a fantastic way to bond with each other. However, some families around us can’t afford to have an extravagant feast or even a turkey. This time of year is full of charity events that you can either be directly involved in or just send a check to help the cause. One way that my family helps around our community is participating in our church’s annual turkey basket event. We go to a church, make turkey bags, and give them to families in the area. Another way that we help spread the love to the world is through an organization called Samaritan’s Purse. In the month of November, they have a charity event called Operation Christmas Child, where people from all over the world send shoeboxes of Christmas gifts to children around the world. Although most of us get loads of presents on Christmas morning, for many kids around the world, these shoeboxes are the only Christmas gifts they get. Watch this video to see how you can help! Now these are definitely not the only way you can help out in your community! You can volunteer around your city to help people in need or just open your home for someone without family nearby. No matter what you choose to do, put your heart into it, show your love to the world and your surrounding area, and partake in the loveliness of this holiday.
Now I think you have better idea of why I absolutely LOVE November and mostly Thanksgiving!! I hope you found these tips for a better holiday experience helpful and always remember : “Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.” – Joel A. Barker
- R 🙂