Keep it Real, November

As a self-proclaimed, all out Christmas nerd, I get pretty excited around this time of year. The KOST radio station has (already) switched to 24 hour holiday tunes, the Christmas Tree Lot that takes over the nearest corner by my apartment is currently stringing lights and every commercial on TV has turned red and green. Reminder, it is November 20. We still have a ways to go (34 days to be exact and 10 hours to be exact).

And, and, and what about Thanksgiving?  What about Happy Fallidays?

As antsy as I am to get this holiday party started, I know to pump the brakes and get real with November. Thus, I wanted to provide you with a list (that you don't have to check twice) on how to keep it real in November:

1) Although Starbucks has already released the red cups and holiday flavors, stay true to Fall and keep it real with the Pumpkin Spice Latte orders.

2) Fall flicks that remind me of Turkey Time are: Uncle Buck, When Harry Met Sally, You've Got Mail, Planes, Trains and Automobiles and BIG. And isn't there a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving edition?  There is, I had to google it.

3) FOOTBALL!

4) Decorations in my house are still garlands of Fall leaves and pumpkin candles. Christmas decorations and all the twinkle lights are radically released the day after Thanksgiving.

5) Cranberries. This is their season to shine. NOTE: for the rest of the 11 months, women dread taking cranberries.

6) Give thanks. More. This is the time we rock the gratitude and get present. It is not just one day. Start a gratitude list for every day left in November. Let's do it!

7) Rituals are the real deal for Thanksgiving. Everyone remembers that one weird thing your family always had to serve on the menu. My family always had (and still has) homemade noodles at the table. What is yours and are you making it this year?

8) Big pot of CHILI = Fall season to me. Sprinkle cheddar cheese and a dollop of sour cream.

9) Moustaches in support of MOVEMBER.

10) The season of the VEST. Yes, I like to think that the vest is the Fall favorite in my closet. Not quite cool enough for a full jacket (that is at night in sunny SoCal) and a little brisk for a long sleeve alone. Enter the core warming vest. My favorites are from Patagonia.

How do you keep it real in the Fall season?  Share, Share, Share!

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