If you read yesterday's post you'll know that November is not starting off with the best of weather in our area.. There is still snow on the ground although the sun is shining today. The days grow shorter now, especially once most of the U.S. "falls forward" by one hour, exiting Daylight Saving this weekend at 2 a.m. on Sunday.. The thought of it being dark by 5 in the afternoon will make me want to put my jammies on early (the doggies will be happy though because they are ready for bed by 6 p.m. and don't understand why we're not ready too).

Below are some facts about November:

It was the ninth month in the old Roman calendar, and it got the name November from the Latin word 'novem' meaning nine.

November's birthstones are the topaz and the citrine.

· Topaz is a semi-precious stone that symbolizes friendship, and is found in many colors, but it is the orange-yellow version that is the traditional birthsone for November.

· Citrine is actually a quartz crystal that ranges from yellow to orange in color, is considered another November birthstone. It is often mistaken for the orange-yellow topaz, which is the more expensive of the two stones.

November’s birth flower is the chrysanthemum. The word chrysanthemum comes from the Greek words chrys and anthemum, meaning golden flower. In the language of flowers, chrysanthemum is considered to symbolize honesty, joy, and optimism.

·Scorpio and Sagittarius are the astrological signs for November. Birthdays from November 1st through the 21st fall under the Scorpio sign. November 22nd through November 30th birthdays fall under the sign of Sagittarius.

Some days which are celebrated in November are:

-All Saints Day is a Christian festival held on November 1 and it celebrates the lives of all saints, known and unknown. In Mexico and throughout many Hispanic communities in the U.S., November 1 is also known as the Day of the Dead, a time for families to remember and honor loved ones who have passed away.

-All Souls Day on November 2 is also dedicated to remembering those who have died and in particular your own dead relatives.

-.Veterans' Day is when we honor those who have served in the United States Armed Forces, and it falls annually on November 11.

-Thanksgiving perhaps the most popular of all American holidays after Christmas, is celebrated each year on the third Thursday of November. Not only do Americans have the chance on this day to gather with friends and family over a sumptuous meal but they also get to enjoy a rare four-day weekend (with the Friday afterward, known as Black Friday, marking the traditional start of the Christmas shopping season).

Some important November historical dates are:

-The apartheid system in South Africa finally came to an end on November 1, 1995, with the first all-race government elections.

-The Erie Canal was formally opened in New York on November 4, 1825.

-Parker Brothers introduced the world to the Monopoly game on November 5, 1935.

-.On November 18, 1963, Bell Telephone Company introduced to the public the push button phone.

-Abraham Lincoln gave his Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863.

-The Reverend Jim Jones led over 900 of his followers to their death in a mass suicide, the largest in history, at Jonestown, Guyana, November 19. 1978.

-John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963.

Some silly November celebrations are:

· Nov. 1: National Cook for Your Pets Day

· Nov. 3: National Sandwich Day and National Housewives Day

· Nov. 16: National Button Day

· Nov. 21: World Hello Day

· Nov. 23: Fibonacci Day – Leonardo Fibonacci introduced the Fibonacci Sequence, which is what he remains famous for to this day. The sequence is 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55... This sequence shows that each number is the sum of the two preceding numbers. It is a sequence that is seen and used in many different areas of mathematics and science today. The Fibonacci Sequence defines the curvature of naturally occurring spirals, such as snail shells and even the pattern of seeds in flowering plants. And some traders use it to predict how the stock market will react.

I hope that your November brings you lots of times to enjoy with family and friends!

Source: Excerpts from The Old Farmer's Almanac and various internet sources

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