Thursday, November 7th, 2013
Here’s your list of reasons to celebrate this month
November 11th – Veterans Day
November 21st – The Great American Smoke Out
No need to wait another month and a half to start your New Yearâ€™s resolutions. Since 1977 The American Cancer Society has been encouraging all smokers to snuff out the cigarettes on the third Thursday of November. With a short term goal of extinguishing the â€œbuttsâ€ for one day, their obvious long term goal is to give smokers the boost to kick the habit for good.
November 27th – Hanukkah
Wow, thatâ€™s early! Hanukkah is in November this year! This holiday begins on the evening of November 27th and lasts until Thursday, December 5th. The fact that it overlaps Thanksgiving is actually quite unusual. It’s so unusual that it’s not expected to happen for another 77,798 years. This has prompted some Jewish Americans to combine the two holidays and dub it “Thanksgivukkah.”
November 28th – Thanksgiving Day
The first Thanksgiving was 1621 between the Pilgrims and the Native Americans. The feast lasted 3 days and was a time to be thankful for a bountiful fall harvest, and to thank the natives for their kindness. Thanksgiving as a national holiday today has evolved quite a bit over the years. The Continental Congress declared the first national Thanksgiving holiday in 1777 following the American Victory at Saratoga. In 1789 George Washington was the first President to proclaim a day of Thanksgiving. He set aside November 26th (a Tuesday not a Thursday) as a day to thank God for our new Constitution.
November 29th Black Friday
A shoppers dream (or nightmare)! Black Friday seems to be starting earlier and earlier each year. This day is called Black Friday because many retailers operate in the red, or in debt all year long, that is until the Holiday shopping season where there ledgers are finally in the black.