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November Is…Interesting Facts about the Month of November

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Interesting Facts about the Month of November

November is: Fun Facts about November

We all know about All Saints’ Day (November 1), Election Day (November 8), Veterans Day (November 11), and, of course, Thanksgiving Day (November 24). Here are some lesser-known facts about the month more easily identified by turkeys and patriotism.

National Split Pea Soup Week (NSPSW)National Split Pea Soup Week (NSPSW)

Observed during the second week in November, this year being November 6-13, National Split Pea Soup Week celebrates exactly what you’d think it does: that yummy green potage. In honor of this highly anticipated week, break out your favorite recipe and make a batch or two.

Buy Nothing Day

It’s the anti-Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving (this year November 25) when stores open at 4am to give you “the lowest deals ever” for all your holiday shopping. Instead of buying into the hype, decide to sleep in, curl up with a book and warm hot chocolate, dig into the leftovers, and buy nothing. Not even a pack of gum or a gallon of gas.

National Adoption Month

In an effort to recruit more families for preteens (youth aged 8-12 years old), 2011’s theme is Build Capacity to Make Lasting Change, aimed at raising awareness to the adoption of children and youth from foster care. The campaign is supported by partnerships of the Ad Council, AdoptUSKids, the Children’s Bureau, and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. You can find more information at


Many clean-shaven devote the month of Movember to growing a fine looking moustache. Why? To promote awareness and education of men’s health. What started as a few guys in Melbourne, Australia has grown to over 1.1 million around the world. To participate, visit to register before the first of the month. In 2010 alone, more than 64,500 men and women got involved in the US alone, and together they raised $7.5 million.

Louisa May AlcottLouisa May Alcott’s Birthday

Mark your calendars: Ms. Alcott’s birthday is November 29. Born in 1832, that would make her 179 this year, although she passed away at the age of 55. Louisa is best known for her novel Little Women, which is based (somewhat) on her childhood in Concord, Massachusetts.

National Novel Writing Month

Always wanted to write a novel? Do it. And do it during the month of November. Add your name at and commit to writing one 50,000-word novel from scratch. You officially start writing at 12:00:01 am on November 1 and write your last word by 11:59:59 pm on November 30. The idea is to just write. The website explains that, “You will be writing a lot of crap. And that’s a good thing.” Get it all out there, and then go back and make it flow, find that perfect word. How awesome will it be to say, “Why, yes. I have written a novel, thank you.”

Great American Smokeout

Started by the American Cancer Society 36 years ago, November 17 is the magical day for 2011. The day is designed to encourage smokes to use the date to plan to quit, or at the very least, research first steps. For more information, visit

Halley Ofner is a Contributor to The Free George.

The Free George is the online magazine and visitors’ guide of Upstate NY, covering things from Albany to Lake Placid, including Saratoga, the Lake George region and the Adirondacks. Check out our City Blogs section for our extended coverage areas as well.

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