Thursday, November 15, 2018

Do you ever go Novembering? by Alicia Street

I do. Novembering is what I call indulging in the deep nostalgia that takes over my brain in November. To me, it is a month for remembering. The summer is truly gone, and with Thanksgiving approaching and the Christmas holidays right around the corner, I can’t help but go back to thoughts of years past.

                                                Photo by Niklas Hamann on Unsplash

I love to take walks in the crisp autumn air and remember all the things I’m grateful to have lived and experienced. All the people who’ve touched my life and the things I’ve been lucky enough to do. A few years back, my mom passed away just before Thanksgiving, so memories of her warmth always fill me when I see the leaves turning red and gold. And I can’t seem to stop myself from collecting the prettiest autumn leaves and pressing them into the pages of a book—a yearly ritual my mom and I began when I was seven years old.  

Novembering is also that special feeling of returning to familiar rituals—like making cranberry sauce from fresh berries or sticking cloves in oranges to make pomanders or finding my grandmother’s big serving platter for the turkey—the kinds of things that bring up precious memories of days shared with family and friends year after year. I was one of four children and both my parents came from large families, so the fall and winter holidays meant our house was often full of cousins and aunts and uncles and neighbors and the excitement of food and crafts and festivities.

I can’t help the childlike giddiness that fills me whenever this time of year rolls around.
And the precious memories. By the time I get through the month of November and Thanksgiving arrives, I’ve catalogued a whole life’s worth of thankfulness.

Do you ever go Novembering?

Alicia Street is a USA Today bestselling author and a Daphne du Maurier award-winner. She spent many years as a dancer, choreographer and teacher and is a compulsive reader of every genre. Alicia sometimes writes in collaboration with her husband, Roy, and is grateful to have the kind of marriage that proves romance novel love really exists.
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  1. Alicia, yes, I do go Novembering. It seems that every year around this time, I think about the past holidays and remember those who have gone on before me. Those memories become more precious with each passing year.

  2. What a beautiful post, Alicia! And yes, I am Novembering right along with you.

  3. When you remember, it highlights things to be thankful for.

  4. Alicia, I love that phrase--Novembering. Beautiful post!

  5. Lovely. I'm going to do autumn crafts with my grandchildren after reading this. xo