T-shirts and Calculators- Random Facts Friday: Hello November!
by Saima Uribe
Halloween is officially over and while the kids are still coming down from their sugar highs, I’m barely coming up on mine! It’s my favorite month of the year….November! The first thing I love about November is the fashion. It requires an obvious change in clothing for those of you who live somewhere that actually has weather changes for all four seasons. This allows me to incorporate some of my favorite accessories like scarves, knit caps, and boots into my wardrobe! Speaking of boots, did you know the first lady’s boot was created for Queen Victoria in 1840. Whom may I also add, had a huge influence on fashion during her time and after which an entire era has been named. Thanks Queen Victoria for helping bring about my favorite over the knee style boots.
Moving on to my next favorite part of the month (which I probably should have put first)…Thanksgiving! I love Thanksgiving because it’s a time where the whole family gets together and does what we all do best….eat! And boy do we eat! Our Thanksgiving table is probably the most ethnic one you will see with Pakistani dishes like briyani and samosas sitting alongside Mexican dishes like tamales and salsa and then of course the beloved Moroccan chicken. All this sprinkled around our American dishes like deviled eggs, macaroni and cheese, and the deep fried turkey right in the center of it all. I’m getting hungry just writing about it, which brings me to my next fun fact that Thanksgiving was almost a fast instead of a feast. The early settlers gave thanks by praying and abstaining from food, which is what they planned on doing to celebrate their first harvest, that is, until the Wampanoag Indians joined them and turned their fast into a three day feast! My tummy thanks you Wampanoag Indians!
Last, but not least, we have my absolute favorite thing about November…Black Friday! Yes I am one of those crazy lunatics that takes off to the mall right after I eat that last morsel of Thanksgiving dinner and stay out shopping until the next day. I actually have a series of stretches I do right before I begin my shopping extravaganza. I can’t let pesky cramps get in the way, after all. Just to put things into perspective, approximately 133.7 million people shopped in stores or online during Thanksgiving weekend last year. That’s more than the entire population of Mexico which is 128.6 million people. I told my husband I wasn’t the only crazy one!