Monday, 31 October 2016

10 things to do in November

The clocks have gone back and the nights are drawing in, but Christmas is coming and there's plenty to keep you occupied in November. Here are ten ideas:
  1. Go vegan. November is World Vegan Month, so why not try a vegan diet for the month? Or, i, like me, your family are too fond of their meat and two veg and that seems a bit too much of a lifestyle shift, try a vegan recipe. There are lots of resources on the Vegan Society website.
  2. Write a letter to Father Christmas.
  3. Make a Guy and display him outside your house with a "penny for the Guy" sign. 
  4. See a fireworks display. In Devon, there are displays at Teignmouth Rugby Club on 4th November and at Westpoint Arena on 5th November. If you're feeling brave, you might want to go to Ottery St Mary for the annual Tar Barrels.
  5. Write a story. November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). And, while writing an entire novel might be a bit much to ask of your children, why not adapt a game of Consequences and write a sentence each day and see how your story ends up at the end of the month? Who knows, maybe you will be inspired to write your own novel!
  6. Pledge an act of kindness for World Kindness Day. There are lots of ideas on the Kindness UK website.
  7. If you extend your commitment to random acts of kindness, make a Kindness Advent Calendar, where you come up with 24 random acts of kindness and commit to doing one each day in the run up to Christmas.
  8. Dress up as a hero of your choice or wear blue on 18th November to raise awareness of Anti-bullying week. Post your pictures on social media using the #wearbluecampaign #antibullyingweek and #powerforgood hashtags
  9. Wear a poppy and attend a Remembrance Sunday parade on 13th November.
  10. Visit a Christmas craft fair. You'll find lots of original, hand-made presents that will sort Christmas shopping for even the most difficult to buy for relatives and you'll be supporting local small businesses. As well as the big Christmas Shopping Fayre at Westpoint in Devon, there are hundreds of smaller events taking place in local church halls and schools. Keep an eye on your Facebook feed or do a Google search to find a fair near you.
  11. Mr and Mrs T Plus Three


  1. Great list. I've just written a post about kindness but had no idea World Kindness a Day was coming up, what a fabulous challenge x

    1. Great minds! Looking forward to reading how it goes on your blog.

  2. Our two have bought their poppies at school this week so we've ticked that one off the list ;)

  3. Going Vegan has been on my mind for a while but I live with a carnivore husband and that means cooking different stuff for everyone. I can easily survive without meat. Christmas Market is on my list to do this month as well. #TheList

  4. Wow Vegan! Good luck with all your challenges. Thanks for linking up to #TheList x

  5. Great list. I'm not sure that I could even attempt to be vegan but could go without meat. My daughters school are promoting anti-bullying week (they spelt it anti-bulling week which I thought was quite amusing for a school full of teachers) and we're all about the poppy's at the moment :)