8 ‘must-dos’ for month of November

Commentary by
Catherine Natale

1. No Shave November
No Shave November is the increase in hair growth to raise awareness to cancer patients who lose their hair due to treatment. Both men and women participate and often then donate their hair to cancer patients, as well as helping to spread awareness about those fighting the battle. Not only is it a great cause, it is also an excuse to not shave and we all know how shaving can be a real pain.

2. New York City Designer Fashion Sample Sales
November is a huge month for sample sales in New York City. Many high-end designers will have major discounts off of retail prices. Think about gifts for family members, friends or significant others for Christmas. Or if you feel like treating yourself, just for you.

3.Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
If you have the opportunity to go to New York City and see the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade— do it. Why not? Go with your family or friends for the day and enjoy one of the most famous and loved parades in the country. Anyone from New York will tell you not to (do not listen to them).

4. Ice Skating
As the weather starts to get colder, take the opportunity to do some fun fall activities like ice skating. Head to your local ice skating rink with friends or family and enjoy a few hours of fun. For some extra pizzazz, try going to the ice skating rink at Rockefeller Center. People from all over will come to New York City to skate in this famous NYC hot spot. It is okay if you do not know how to skate, that is what friends are for— to lean on.
5. New recipes and decorations
Use November to learn new fall recipes! Try to learn your mom’s or grandmother’s famous and favorite recipe that has been in the family for years. Also use this time to decorate your dorm or home with cute and fun decorations to help get in the spirit of the holidays.

6. Black Friday
Everyone and their mother knows about Black Friday. It is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, shopping days of the year where you can expect to get low and discounted prices off of almost, everything. Start saving up now.

7. Spend quality time with family
As the holidays approach, use this time to spend some quality time with your family and loved ones. The holidays are a great time to be grateful for what you have and who you have. Use this time to appreciate the people around you who love you just the way you are.

8. Thanksgiving
Last, but probably the most important to-do in November is Thanksgiving!
It is a beautiful time to celebrate and give thanks to all your loved ones, and more importantly to chow down on some of the best dishes you wait for every year.
Just remember, if you need to take breaks between plates it is completely acceptable, and if you are craving more but your stomach won’t let you, just remember—there are always leftovers.

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