Sunday, November 1, 2009

Earth Sinks to Rest

"November comes and November goes,
With the last red berries and the first white snows.
With night coming early and dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket and frost by the gate.
The fires burn and the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest until next spring."
Clyde Watson

(photo print - The First Snow available at Meganzii )

Happy November! That little verse is one of my favorite poems about the months and definitely sums up November pretty well! Much like February, November is a month of transition - definitely not quite winter, but as the poem says, earth is beginning its rest until spring.

I've always enjoyed some of the little facts and trivia about the months, so I thought it would be fun to share some of the well known and not so well known tidbits about November and some of the items I've found on Etsy to illustrate them!

November's flower is the chrysanthemum - a hardy perennial which includes over 30 varieties of mums - from tiny button mums to huge football mums. This lovely Spider mum ECO heather unisex T depicts just one of the many beautiful varieties and is available at Ahpeele .

Although yellow topaz was always considered the birthstone for November while I was growing up, citrine is also considered a traditional birthstone for the month. Both are beautiful stones, although I must admit that I love the golden color of topaz personally (or I'm just an old dog who can't learn new I've tracked down both stones at BlackLotusDesign so you can decide for yourself which one you prefer. The one on the left is a Brandy Topaz Hand Carved Oval Pendant while the one on the right is a Faceted Citrine Oval Silver Drop Pendant .

In astrology, November arrives during the rule of Scorpio, giving way to Sagittarius on the 22nd.

Thanksgiving Day in the US is always celebrated on the 4th Thursday in November.

November is: American Diabetes Month, Native American Heritage Month and National Red Ribbon Month (anti-drunkdriving), just to name a few.

Significant November holidays are All Saints Day (1st), All Souls Day (2), US Veteran's Day (11th), Buffy's Birthday (15th) (Buffy, you know who you are!) and Thanksgiving (26th).

The November moon is known at the full beaver moon, or frosty moon and will be full on November 2nd.

Famous November birthdays include Mark Twain, Walter Cronkite, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, Leonardo DiCaprio, Howie Mandel, and Tina Turner among so many others!

The name November has its root in the latin word novem, which means nine... it was actually the ninth month in the ancient Roman calendar!

Black Friday and Cyber Monday - the two busiest shopping days of the year - both fall in November.

I'd love to hear any other great facts or trivia about this wonderful month, so be sure to share! Hope your November is a happy, healthy, prosperous one!


Splendid Little Stars said...

great stuff! I love the poem by Clyde Watson, too!

Boutique By Bonnie said...

Lovely little poem. November is my birthday month. My birthday sometimes falls on Thanksgiving, which wasn't always good because school would be on break and I couldn't be with my friends.

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