Written by: Mae Kroeis
Let us tell you why the 11th month is just as good as any other.
Ask anyone and they’ll most likely say their favourite season is fall. But the things we love so much about it – the crunch of leaves under our feet, the slight chill in the air, pumpkin spice flavoured everything – can be old news by the time November rolls around. That’s not to say a month where the days only get shorter and the threat of winter is literally hanging over our heads doesn’t have some redeeming qualities of its own. Check ‘em out.
- Fall wardrobe. This is your last chance to throw on that black leather jacket and those grip-less suede boots before you’ll be hiding under a parka, damning American magazines for pretending stylish coats actually keep anyone warm in winter.
- The Stamps. Those plastic seats might be chilly this time of year but the game is infinitely more exciting when you’ve got a coffee with a splash of bailey’s hiding under your coat.
- Red Wine. It begrudgingly took a back seat to sangria and cold beer all summer long but now it’s in its prime. Think warm feeling in your stomach and a hint of red on your lips that didn’t come from lipstick.
- Snuggling. Patio dates are out of the question but now you have an excuse to get your cuddle on. Sit under a heat lamp or take a brisk post-dinner walk before you and your date won’t want to venture outside at all.
- Peppermint Mochas. The pumpkin spice may have all dried up at Starbucks but now you have a reason to get excited about Christmas. The red cups, peppermint mochas and cranberry bliss bars may in fact be the true meaning of Christmas.
- Movember. A whole month to don your wackiest facial hair or laugh at others’ around you (or groan because it’s your boyfriend and he looks gross). Also a whole month to get motivated for men’s physical and mental health.
- Remembrance Day. Lest we forget.
- The promise of snow. Kidding. Unless you’re a powder junkie. Snag deals on last season’s gear and get revved up at the site of snow in the mountains.
- Daylight Savings Time. While the clocks may have ‘fallen back’ on November 1st, it’s still okay to remind yourself when it’s dark on the way home from work at 5pm, that really, it’s actually 6pm.
- Christmas Shopping. Sorry if you just cringed. But getting a head start might actually help you avoid a lot of anxiety later (when you’re fighting off crowds at Chinook in December). For some unique gifts and a fun shopping experience, check out the craft markets that happen this month around the city; like Market Collective or Spruce Meadows’ Christmas Market.
- Catch the sunrise. This is the only time you can do it when you won’t freeze or have to be up at the crack of dawn. Well, technically the sunrise is the crack of dawn but in November, that’s at 7:30 AM. If you can get yourself to the east side of the city, you’ll get a little pink and orange pizazz to go with your coffee.