Every month of the year is beautiful, but November has it’s own kind of madness. The gorgeous colors have mostly been stripped away by the winds and rain that late October brings. The skies are often gray and forbidding. The holidays are looming up and a feeling of fear creeps in that you won’t be able to keep up. The massive shopping and choosing of gifts are daunting and pressing over your heart. All of this starts to overwhelm people as this gray and cold month, November appears.
Don’t allow yourself wallow in the mire of drizzly chilly days. Embrace the cold and gray and find the beauty in November.
Clothe yourself in comfy layers of soft wool and cotton that you can removed one by one and added again as you move through your day. First a soft cotton undershirt, some warm leggings and knitted socks. Next a long sleeved jersey, topped with a fleecy wescot or vest. A wool sweater with handmade buttons. Warm flannel slacks. Ready to go outdoors? Don a tweedy jacket with a soft silk scarf under and a felted muffler outside your jacket. Cover your head with a warm felted cloche. Slip into your Uggs and you are ready for walking the dog or exploring the hills. What could be more delightful? Enjoy the stark bare trees that lets you view the hills beyond.
Bring in an armload of wood and build a fire and draw the armchairs up close. This is what November is all about. Your meal of thick bread toasting over the fire to be consumed with hot tea or the decadence of a dark cocoa. Stir in some whipping cream to either. Butter your warmtoast and add some bramble berry jam. Choose a light mystery novel and read by the flickering flames and move about the world without taking a step away from the warmth of the fire.
You haven’t done these things in months and it can be heavenly. Thankfulness for the warmth, the good food and the comforts of a good book. Rest from the business of the past year. Revel in the bliss of warmth. Pile your bed with down comforters and hand made quilts. Slip between tartan flannel sheets and dream and pray.
Invite friends and family over for a meal of thankfulness. Choose your menu carefully while your feet are propped before the fire. Dress warmly and shop at local farms for the freshest eggs, the fat turkey. Find an orchard and choose from their harvest. Go into cold wine cellars and browse at your leisure. Gray days are perfect.
Later, illuminate your home with dozens of candles and welcome your family with hot cider and the good smells of roasting fowl and spicy pies. Good conversation flows and thankful memories of the year spill over while dining together. Toasting one another and thanking God for his goodness, for being together.
This is resting and celebrating November.
© 2010 Jeanne Baney