Can you believe it? Just like that an entire year has almost passed. With temperatures dropping and stores beginning to line their shelves with holiday gifts and decor, there’s nothing better than cuddling up by the fireplace with a hot chocolate in hand – except for celebrating a birthday, that is! Whether it’s you who has a birthday this month or you know someone who does, start December off right by learning more about what makes winter babies unique (and don’t forget to check out our gift ideas at the end too):
Aside from the food that never seems to run out, one of the best things about Thanksgiving dinner is getting to spend time with family. It doesn’t matter if it’s family that you see every day, family that you see every few months, or family that you only see on major holidays, the fact that you get to spend quality time with your loved ones is reason enough alone to love a day like Thanksgiving. But while you may be looking forward to seeing your immediate and extended family, we know that getting everyone together can be quite a show when personalities collide! Which of the following family members do you expect to encounter this year?
The Quiet One
You know this one – the one that shyly says hello (you may even only get a wave) and heads to the table to claim their seat before the festivities begin. In fact, chances are once they’re down they won’t ever get up, even if the rest of the clan is congregating elsewhere. Oh, and don’t expect them to utter a word during dinner either.
History of Singles’ Day
Singles’ Day began at Nanjing University in China. It was initially called “Bachelor’s Day” since it started out with only young men celebrating the occasion, however, it is now celebrated by both genders. The holiday is celebrated on November 11th (11/11) because of the four single “ones,” and the Chinese name of the holiday, “Guanggun Jie,” appropriately translates to “bare sticks holiday.” The occasion started in the 1990s and has been spread throughout China and beyond. It was created to help stop the negative connotation surrounding the idea of being single, especially in universities. The holiday is celebrated with fun, uplifting activities to enjoy the fun of being single!
How to Celebrate Singles’ Day
A Night on the Town Dancing and Singing Karaoke
What better way is there to meet new people and enjoy your single life more than singing your heart out and dancing the night away? We couldn’t think of any either, which is why Singles’ Day often involves parties and karaoke!
What is Diwali?
Once a year in autumn, during the darkest new moon in the Hindu month Kartik, Hindu communities and temples will shine bright with millions of candles and lamps. This celebration, known as Diwali – or the festival of lights – dates all the way back to ancient times! Diwali 2015 is celebrated on November 11th and for several days after, depending on the family’s religion and traditions.
The traditional name of this holiday, Deepawali originates from the Sanskrit words deep, meaning light and avali, meaning row. Depending on the region and religion, the duration of the festival (3-5 days) as well as the history and origin of the holiday may vary. Although Diwali is mainly a family affair, Diwali is also a religious day for many Hindus. Many celebrate the holiday to bring prosperity and good health to their families.
The crunch of freshly fallen leaves under your boots. The scent of warm apple pie wafting from the kitchen. The crisp, invigorating air tingling at your fingertips. What could be better than a gorgeous autumn day? Celebrating November birthdays, of course!
Now that November is just around the bend, it’s time to find the perfect gifts for your loved ones who were born this month. And with nature showing off her true golden colors, you can find inspiration for fall birthday gifts everywhere you turn. When you’re looking for your autumn birthday gifts, think warm, rustic, simple and colorful. To help you with your search, we’ve gathered a list of his-and-her November birthday gift ideas that your beloved will simply fall head over heels for!
November Birth Flower: Chrysanthemum
The official birth flower for November is the Chrysanthemum, so a lovely autumn arrangement of mums is the perfect way to wish any man or woman a happy birthday this month. The Pumpkin Patch Mum Plant is displayed in a wooden bucket planter and paired with a Pumpkin Spice Yankee Candle, bringing the beauty & scent of the harvest season indoors.
What Is Day of the Dead?
Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos), is a holiday that is celebrated annually on November 1st and 2nd to honor and remember those that have passed on. The holiday resembles All Saints Day and All Souls Day, which are celebrated after Halloween on the Christian calendar.
First developed in Mexico, the Day of the Dead is most notably celebrated in Latin American regions, although it is becoming increasingly popular throughout the United States, too!
Why Is Día de los Muertos Celebrated?
When the Aztecs first began observing this occasion over 3,000 years ago, their ultimate goal was to honor and celebrate the deceased as their spirits returned, not necessarily to mourn those who are no longer with us. While it is definitely still a time of reflection and remembrance, the main focus is to celebrate the lives that our loved ones lived.
Looking for a last-minute Halloween costume for you or your kids? Instead of dropping close to $100 at the Halloween warehouse, get inspired by your favorite blooms and make this adorable DIY flower costume instead. It’s fast, fun and cheap: If you don’t already have the supplies lying around your house, you can find them at your local dollar store! Just follow this simple tutorial and you’ll be blossoming in the spotlight at your Halloween party.
Flower Costume Materials Needed
Brown wrapping paper
6 long-stemmed flowers
12-foot pet tie-out rope (or regular rope)
Hot glue gun
Thick plastic headband
* You’ll be wearing the basket around your waist, so make sure it’s big enough for you to fit in it Continue Reading…
What is Sweetest Day, you ask? It’s the sugary-est holiday of the year, and it’s celebrated on the third Saturday of October.
History of Sweetest Day
It all started back in the ’20s when Herbert Birch Kingston—a simple man who worked for a candy company—decided to spread a little love to the less fortunate who are often overlooked. So, he passed out heaps of candy to the orphans, the ill and the disabled in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. Continue Reading…
Fall – what a wonderful time of year! The leaves are changing, temperatures are dropping, and we’re making our way into the ultimate holiday season! To kick off the month, learn some more about October’s birthstones, zodiac signs, birth flower and gift ideas you can consider if someone special has a birthday coming up below »
October Birthstones: Tourmaline and Opal
Those with a birthday in October have two options for birthstones – Tourmaline and Opal. The multi-colored beauty Tourmaline is one of the most popular in the eyes of jewelers and those who collect gems; primarily a result of their ability to be found in almost any shade!
Opal, another classic that comes in many different hues, is particularly known for the way its color plays on its background at any given moment. Which one of the two is your favorite?
October Birth Flower: Calendula
Perfect for the month where trees, streets and sidewalks become a sea of orange, the birth flower for October is the marigold, specifically the Calendula. A mix of orange and gold, bouquets of this nature are sometimes also referred to as the “pot marigold.” This flower, along with any other fall floral arrangement, is an excellent way to deliver the spirit of the season to anyone who is celebrating another year of life this month.
October Zodiac Signs: Libra and Scorpio
Those who are born between September 24th and October 23rd fall under the Libra zodiac sign. Known as relatively peaceful people, Libras find strength in their ability to be fair and cooperative.
For those with a birthday falling on October 24th or later, their astrology sign is Scorpio. People who fall under this classification are typically known to be smart with their resources, passionate and best of all, a true and honest friend.
October Birthday Gift Ideas
Nothing says happy birthday to an autumn baby like a gift that smells, tastes and looks like the season. Between home decor that radiates orange, yellow and red, food baskets that include some of the best the harvest brings, and of course, seasonal plants and flowers, there are so many incredible gift ideas available to show someone you care.
One thing else is certain – those with an October birthday are sure to love anything outdoors when the autumn air is cool and crisp. So, why not take your someone special out for a day of apple or pumpkin picking? You can even surprise him or her with a gourmet food basket as things wrap up to enjoy a taste of seasonal treats.
On the other hand, do you know an October baby who lives for Halloween? In addition to spending an evening at their favorite haunted house, give them a spooktacular gift that includes holiday themes – home decor is always a big hit! And the best part is, these decorations go great with any fall plant or fall flower – a combination you surely won’t want to miss out on giving!
To all of you September babies – Happy Birthday! Did you know that in the Roman calendar, September was once regarded as the seventh month of the year? After all, septem, which was the month’s original name in Latin, means seven! So when did it become the ninth month, you ask? Well, the truth is that it officially became month number nine when King Numa Pompilius added the first two months to the calendar.
More September Fun Facts
Due to the calendar’s alignment each year, September always starts on the same day of the week as December. Additionally if you were born in September, you share the same birth month as Beyonce, Adam Sandler, Jimmy Fallon, Will Smith and even Prince Harry! How cool is that?
September Birthstone: Sapphire
Known to provide protection, the sapphire is the beautiful birthstone for all those born in September. With its popularity growing around the Middle Ages, many medieval clergy were known to wear this precious gem as a symbol of heaven. Do you wear one today?
Although sapphires are available in multiple colors (like July’s Ruby), September is typically represented by variations of blue stones. And which ones are most sought after? Those that are found in medium or medium/dark blue, and those that display a hint of violet.