When you think November celebrations, Thanksgiving comes to mind for most U.S. citizens. Childhood memories of turkey dinner, time with family, and giving thanks.
However, there are other fun days to celebrate in November that also celebrate family and expressing gratitude to our loved ones.
Here are my 5 favorite ‘National Days’ for November:
November 3rd – National Men Make Dinner Day
This national day is celebrated on the first Thursday in November. It is the day for men to get into the kitchen and take over the role of making dinner for their loved ones. While many men are already masters in the kitchen and wholeheartedly embrace cooking, many others are still a bit hesitant. This can be made into a fun evening and a wonderful way to start sharing the cooking responsibilities.
The creators of National Men Make Dinner Day have a humorous take on it.. I love what the website says:
The ideal participant in ‘National Men Make Dinner Day’ is the man who:
- Helps with household chores
- Has a sense of humor and is a great all-around guy
- Loves his wife/girlfriend, kids and pets
BUT NEVER LEARNED HOW TO COOK!
…and is somewhat afraid of the idea.
Interestingly, there are actually ‘rules’ for this holiday.
- The main meal must include a minimum of 4 ingredients and require at least one cooking utensil other than a fork.
- The man must go shopping for all the ingredients.
- They must also clean up the kitchen, whether it be while preparing the dinner or afterwards.
And yes, there is actually a website dedicated to this. You can find it at
Men Make Dinner Website
November 10th – National Forget-me-not day
This day was created to remember and get in touch with friends and family that you do not see on a regular basis. It is a day to reconnect. Ways to reconnect can include making phone calls, writing letters, sending e-mails, e-cards, or getting together in person.
November 19th – National Adoption Day
This day is celebrated on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.
National Adoption Day was started to raise awareness of the more than 100,000 children in foster care waiting to find permanent, forever families.
The average wait for a foster child to be adopted is 3 years and more than 23,000 children age out of the system without ever being adopted.
Learn more about National Adoption Day at the National Adoption Day Website
November 26th – Small Business Saturday
Small Business Saturday was created by American Express corporation and they actually hold the registered trademark for this phrase. It started in Roslindale Village, Massachusetts on November 27, 2010, and was designed to be the counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize small, local brick-n-mortar businesses. It has since grown to include small e-commerce businesses too, such as individual Etsy shops – usually run by solo proprietors such as myself.
Look for the hashtag #smallbusinesssaturday to find participating stores offering special deals on this day.
November 29th – National Day of Giving
This day is celebrated the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. This is a global day dedicated to giving back.
This day is the ‘unofficial’ day that kicks off the charitable season, when many of us focus on giving to charities that help families in need during the holidays.
From their website, Giving Tuesday Website, the big idea behind this day is:
“#GivingTuesday harnesses the potential of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities; it provides a platform for them to encourage the donation of time, resources and talents to address local challenges. It also brings together the collective power of a unique blend of partners— nonprofits, civic organizations, businesses and corporations, as well as families and individuals—to encourage and amplify small acts of kindness.”
Use the hashtag #GivingTuesday to see ways people are celebrating on Social Media.