Is there a way to redeem November?

I love September. Itโ€™s the first month of the university year. Thereโ€™s lots of things to do on campus. I love the bustling atmosphere of all the students returning.


October is Halloween and pumpkins and while some of the days are dark and grey I find the brightness of the yellow and orange leaves helps.

Hereโ€™s Michael Enright in praise of October.


December is all seasonal celebrations, concerts, family, holidays, gifts and joy. It feels very cozy and I love the music.


While January is cold and snowy here thereโ€™s often a lot of bright sun beaming off the bright white snow. Also the days are getting noticeably longer. Usually I head south in January and get some winter bicycling in.


February and March can seem long I know but again thereโ€™s sun and Iโ€™ve got spring in my sights.


But November? The leaves are gone. Itโ€™s not yet snowy, mostly grey and cold and rainy. Itโ€™s dark when I go to work and dark when I come home. There arenโ€™t even any good holidays in November. Iโ€™m Canadian, remember. We did Thanksgiving in October.


November is objectively the darkest and worst month of the year. I need a way to redeem November. I should be able to find something good about November. But what?


Your suggestions and ideas about redeeming November are welcome. And while I appreciate that some people can lean into the misery and kind of revel in the worst month of the year gloom, thatโ€™s not me. I need ways of making it through November, and for this year, I need ways that donโ€™t involve more outside exercise. As I rehab my knee that isnโ€™t going to happen. I need to know what you like about November. Whatโ€™s Novemberโ€™s good side? Somebody has to like November, right?

Goodbye October. Hello, November.
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