Ask anyone what holiday falls in November and they'll likely say Thanksgiving.
But it turns out there are lots of other holidays and events happening this month too! Here are 10 holidays and events your family can recognize this November:
1. Peanut Butter Lovers Month
Yes, it's appropriate to have an entire month to celebrate peanut butter. Celebrate with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for dinner and make some yummy Peanut Butter Brownie Cupcakes with the kids. Nov. 1-30
2. Dia De Los Muertos
This celebratory Mexican holiday is a remembrance of the dead. Watch the moving Disney Pixar film "Coco" with your kiddos to help them understand the meaning behind this holiday. Want to learn more? Attend Sugar Skull Decorating on Nov 1st. Oct. 31-Nov. 2
3. The End of Daylight Saving Time
Before kids, the end of daylight saving time was probably a welcome date -- after all, it meant an extra hour of blissful, uninterrupted sleep! But post-kids? That extra hour can now mean cranky kids and long days of disrupted naps and bedtimes. Read tips from a sleep consultant on how to help your kids adjust. Nov. 3
4. National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week
What a great time to teach your kids the value of volunteering and helping those in need! Volunteer at your local animal shelter or take in donations of things like pet food, blankets, and cleaning supplies. Many shelters have "wish lists" on their websites. You can find the "wish list" for the Scituate Animal Shelter here and the Standish Humane Society here. Want to do more? Join First Parish Church Duxbury for Treats & Toys Benefitting Cats and Dogs in Need on the 1st. November 3-10
5. Election Day
We know we don't have to tell you how important it is to vote. Or how vital it is to teach your kids the importance of exercising their right to vote. Take them with you to the voting booth so they can see democracy in action. Nov. 5.
6. National STEM/STEAM Day
Visit a science or discovery museum or plan some simple science, technology, engineering, art, or math projects to do at home with the kids. Need ideas? Check out Macaroni Kid's "All Things Science" Pinterest board for some science experiments you can do at home. Nov. 8
7. Veterans Day
Celebrate a veteran in your life by having your kids write a letter, draw a picture of thanks, or interview them about their experiences. Need to connect to a veteran? Operation Gratitude collects and distributes letters to veterans, as well as deployed troops, new recruits, and first responders. They even have a guide to letter writing to help you and your kids get started. Nov. 11.
8. National Play Monopoly Day
Don't go straight to Jail. Instead, dust off this old classic (did you know this game has been around since 1883?) and settle in for an epic family game night. Need a copy of Monopoly? You can find Monopoly Classic, Nostalgic, Vintage Bookshelf, and Mega Monopoly at our friends Buttonwood Books and Toys in Cohasset, or the Monopoly: The Card Game at our friends The Toy Box in Hanover Nov. 19.
It's the mother of all November holidays! Nov. 28.
10. Small Business Saturday
We love supporting local businesses all year long -- and hope you do too! Small Business Saturday is a chance for you to support local businesses while shopping. Find some new local small businesses to support in our South Shore Business Directory. Nov. 30.