November sucks. It’s a bitch of a month. I know it’s easy to find things to dislike about any month. But for November, I find it difficult to find things to enjoy and look forward to.
Some of you may be thinking “What about Thanksgiving and Black Friday shopping?” Yes, those things are great, but it’s hard to be excited about them all month long. Plus, people just don’t get as excited for Thanksgiving the way that they do about Halloween and Christmas. There are far less Thanksgiving themed movies, and stores rarely advertise for Thanksgiving. Most of them have completely skipped it and already put up Christmas decorations by now.
October brings the welcomed chill of fall weather, leaves changing color, and pumpkin spice everything. December brings the joy of the holiday season, the newness of snow for the year, and the deliciousness of all things being gingerbread flavored. November does not bring any of these new things to get excited about.
The entire month is like a long morning after. Now that all the costumes from Halloween are gone, we are left with the unmasked face of fall. The trees have gone from looking beautiful with the leaves changing colors to looking dead with all the leaves falling off. The excitement of pumpkin drinks and hayrides has worn off. And it’s colder than it was last month, but not yet cold enough to really enjoy the usual winter activities.
You may want to ask, “What happened to you during this month that made you hate it so much?” The answer is nothing. During college, November was a good month. It was the time that all the student groups had their semi-formals, and it was too early to worry about finals.
I want to be proven wrong. I would love for someone to comment with a list of things that we can enjoy about November. But until then, November mostly just makes me think about the rotting pumpkin that I’m simply too lazy to throw out. .
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