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November Offers Plenty of Reasons to Celebrate

Some holidays and remembrances this month might fly under your radar.

Now that Halloween is under our belt, we are in the month-long stretch toward Thanksgiving. But in preparation for that glorious day of food, thanks and football, there are a few other days to remember. 

Nov. 5 is Guy Fawkes Night, commemorating a foiled assasination plot against England's King James I in 1605. Some celebrate the foiled plot, while others remember an underground struggle against government oppression. Either way, the night is a fun reason to have a mini Burning Man in your fire pit or watch "V for Vendetta."

On Nov. 10, 1775, the United States Marine Corps was born at Tun Tavern in Philadelphia, Pa. Don’t forget to wish a big happy birthday to the Devil Dogs in your life.

November is Military Family Appreciation Month, and the Nov. 11 is Veterans Day. In addition to honoring military service, this is a great opportunity to serve. Take a trip to the National Cemetery in Arlington or Alexandria to remember those who lost their lives. Then, give something back. Volunteer through organizations like the USO, Red Cross or Blue Star Families (BSF). I particularly like BSF’s Operation Appreciation, where you write letters of encouragement and dedicate community service to military families.  

Nov. 13 is Sadie Hawkins Day, where gender roles are turned on their head. I find it is a great reason for a girls outing. I plan on an evening of cheese-snacking with girlfriends at , which recently opened its . 

November is also National American Indian Heritage Month, which can be a lot of fun with kids. Visit the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. Settle in with Byrd Baylor’s book "I’m in Charge of Celebrations," or make rain stick or a dream catcher

In addition to Thanksgiving, there are many November days to celebrate. I hope that your month is filled with joy, love and good food.  

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