Old tricks and new traditions

November 2, 2012 – November is a busy month.

With time at a premium, I am more than grateful that daylight savings time ends this Sunday and we’ll pick up an extra hour this weekend.

Aside from Thanksgiving and the official kick off to the holiday season, November is also known for two other growing traditions, NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and Movember, the moustache growing charity event held during November each year that raises funds and awareness for men’s health. And I’ve just been informed by wordpress.com that November is also NaBloPoMo, better known in these parts as National Blog Posting Month.

But that’s only scratching the surface of what we honor in November. The month kicks off with the Christian celebration of All Saint’s Day (formerly All Hallows Day), which gave us All Hallow’s Eve or Halloween, followed by All Soul’s day, celebrated today. On November 10, we celebrate the birthday of the United States Marine Corps, and on November 11, it’s Remembrance Day or Veteran’s Day, as it is known in the United States.

November 14 is known as World Diabetes Day, followed by International Men’s Day on November 19. And for good measure, Transgender Day of Remembrance has occurred in the United States on November 20 each year since 1999, and National Adoption Day is November 21.

Let’s not forget the month-long awareness events, such as Pancreatic Cancer, COPD, Alzheimer’s disease and Lung Cancer, all close to my heart and honored in November, along with Homeless Youth, Crohn’s & Ulcerative Colitis, and Epilepsy.

Let’s not forget it’s also International Drum Month.

Whatever tradition or event keeps you busy this month, don’t forget to turn the clocks back on Sunday morning and enjoy an extra hour’s sleep. You’ll need it.

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