November is the month for remembering. On November 11, we pay tribute to members of the Canadian Armed Forces who fought to defend our values and freedoms, and to those who continue to serve our country today. Lest we forget.

Dates to Remember

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Interesting Facts about November

November is one of the four months in the year with only 30 days in it. Name the other three.

The flower for the month of November is the chrysanthemum which symbolizes honesty, joy, and optimism.

November’s traditional birthstone is the topaz, usually a yellow to amber color. The ancient Greeks believed that topaz could make a wearer invisible. A symbol of honor and strength, topaz was also believed to bring longevity and wisdom.

Scorpio and Sagittarius are the astrological signs for November. Birthdays from November 1st through the 21st fall under the Scorpio sign. November 22nd through November 30th birthdays fall under the sign of Sagittarius.

Movember, the month formerly known as November, is when men around the world grow a moustache, and women step up to support them, all to raise awareness and funds for men's health.

Riddle Me This

What do you get when you drop a pumpkin?

A Squash

There is a bush, a pine tree, and an oak tree and it is the fall season. If the wind is blowing towards the west, which way does the leaves on the pine tree fall?

A pine tree doesn’t have leaves. It has needles.

I’m tall when I’m young and I’m short when I’m old. What am I?

A Candle

What falls but never breaks?

Nightfall.

What asks but never answers?

An owl.

I can travel at nearly 100 miles per hour, but never leave the room. You can cover me up, but that doesn’t slow me down. You will not know if I come only once or again and again and again. What am I?

A sneeze.

Eyes on the Skies

November’s full Moon is traditionally called the Beaver Moon.

The Beaver Moon reaches peak illumination in the early morning hours of Friday, November 19, at 3:59 A.M. EST. Of course, it will be very close to full the night before, so plan to look for it, starting on Thursday, November 18, just after sunset!

Why the “Beaver” Moon? This is the time of year when beavers begin to take shelter in their lodges, having laid up sufficient stores of food for the long winter ahead. During the time of the fur trade in North America, it was also the season to trap beavers for their thick, winter-ready pelts. 

November comes
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows.

With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket,
And frost by the gate.

The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And the earth sinks to rest
Until next spring.

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