Thank you Emilie Maguin for this months seasonal illustration. A beaut, no?
November, November... happy new month to you! We hope our monthly dose of seasonal joy greets you in the midst of your warm duvet, or perhaps anticipating a tower of pancakes, pile of buttery toasted sourdough or our favourite; a trough of baked eggs (our recipe is available to newsletter subscribers!) Mmmm.
November is a month on the brink. Still full of the colours and energy of Autumn, but with Christmas just around the corner. Wintery temperatures may set in this month, or it could remain golden and mild. Autumn holds on, but winter gathers force. November has some of our favourite celebrations, and it's a good month to take stock and quieten down before the furore of December too, so clear those decks and hunker down.
10 Wonderful things to make, do and celebrate in the month ahead
1) Bonfire night.
Remember, remember the 5th of November…. It’s nearly bonfire night and what an excellent celebration it is. We love finding our closest largest display for the wow factor, and hosting a small bonfire and sparklers party for the cosiness. Mugs of soup and real hot chocolate ahoy. (Don't forget ear defenders for the kids!)
2) Festival of Light
Many different religions celebrate a festival of light in November- from Michaelmas to Diwali. They mark the gathered harvest, building strength for the winter months and the victory of light over the darkness. Look up local celebrations or light all the candles at home in celebration. Frankie and Elfie’s Steiner schools host lantern walks through the forest, which are wonderful! (You could organise your own too). Watch out for your local lights turn on event too- often a bit crap but entertaining none the less!
3) Christmas crafting!
Yes we mentioned the C word. We’ll be opting for simplicity again this year, forsaking presents for the adults (or organising a secret santa- now is the time to suggest it) but making a few small gifts for the kids which we hope to start now.
4) Your ‘inner harvest’
The harvest is complete now and we love the concept of looking at your ‘inner harvest’- all the things you’ve learned and accomplished since spring- both big and small. What are you proud of? Is there anything you need to let go, anything else you need to focus on?
5) Give thanks
Whether its a quiet taking stock of all that you’re thankful for or an excuse for a Roast with family and friends, the 26th is Thanksgiving, and although neither of us are American, we love the notion.
6) Rest and nourish
December can be a frantic month during which many of us eat lots of rich and sometimes unhealthy foods, and go to lots of parties. Use November to fill your body with nutritious foodand get lots of rest so your body is strong for the busy month of December and the winter season ahead.
7) Plant bulbs
if you haven’t already. Dead head flowers and prepare the garden for winter.
8) Prepare for Advent
Advent officially begins in November with the lighting of the first of 4 candles to mark the countdown to Christmas. Whether you mark advent like that, or if you want to organise an advent calendar, It's a good time to organise it.
9) Make christmas pudding
It's time to make Christmas pudding and mincemeat, ready for Christmas day! This has become a lovely family tradition for both os us with everyone in the house taking turns to stir the mixture.
10) Forage for Chestnuts
Late autumn is the time to forage for chestnuts. Hidden in spiky cases, you’ll need a stout pair of gloves to harvest them. Roasting freshly foraged chestnuts is a treat, we tell you. They can be frozen too, ready for Christmas.
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