It's getting colder, leaves are on the ground and somehow, November is suddenly upon us. This is the season we prepare our homes for company, start collecting recipes for the holidays and make plans to get together with people we may not have seen for a while.
Some people prefer summer but I love this time of year. The air is crisp but not too cold, the trees are beautiful and I prefer sweaters, scarves and coats over sun dresses and shorts. Thinking about Thanksgiving and holiday parties and imagining what those events will be like, is a lot of fun. The anticipation is often better than the real thing.
As soon as Thanksgiving is over come the holidays where gift giving is traditional. After a couple of years of financial strain, people seem to focus less on the importance of showy gifts and think about what might be more meaningful gifts. It's not easy to give just the right thing to someone--something that will mean a lot to that person.
As November gets started, I start thinking about what I can do to make the holidays special for the people who mean a lot to me and I start listening and watching them more a little more closely to see if I can come up with an idea that will make them happy. Maybe it's a new way of making their favorite food or picking just the right color for a scarf.
What are your plans? What are you thinking about doing to make the holidays special this year?