A lot of people where I live in upstate New York dislike November's weather, but I love it. It's chilly out and most of the leaves are off the trees. We might have cold rain or even snow. But for me, it just makes it all the cozier inside. Plus, I love winter, so I don't mind getting a little taste of it in November.
I'm very bothered by the way Black Friday has migrated into Thanksgiving day. There are stores opening for business on Thanksgiving morning! Last year, I believe stores opened for business on Thanksgiving evening, but now, there are stores that will be open for the whole holiday. It's one holiday that we all share. It's secular, so people of any or no faith can celebrate it. It's not commercial. Sure, we buy a lot of food for it and maybe some decorations, but it's not a gift-giving holiday. I believe that everyone should have the day off so that they can celebrate with family and friends. Instead, it's starting to be treated like just another day, except that people have off from work so that they can go shopping. This disturbs me.
Well, I'll be celebrating Thanksgiving with my family, and I don't even go shopping on the actual Black Friday. I'm busy decorating for Christmas. I'm grateful this Thanksgiving month for typically being well during the fall and winter. A lot of bipolar people have trouble with the longer periods of darkness and, if you live in a climate like that of upstate New York, the inability to be outside as much of the time. But because I love winter and don't mind "hibernation mode", I don't tend to have serious problems with my mental state. I have more of a tendency to have trouble when spring and summer come. But that's material for a different blog post. For this one, I'll end by saying that I'm thankful for November and the way I live it.