Yes, Thanksgiving occurs in November, bringing with it lots of articles about family gatherings, the importance of gratitude and (of course) great recipes.
But November also has lots of other great celebrations, including the National Game & Puzzle Week November 24-30 (www.millionminute.com)
I realize it might seem old-fashioned to mention a celebration that encourages people to enjoy board, card and dice games. But I’m a Scrabble and Settlers aficionado. I find them a nice balance to an otherwise very digital world. (And, if the stories are correct, Bill Gates and Warren Buffet play bridge together. Not a poor testimonial, to say the least.)
From a publicity standpoint, National Game & Puzzle Week would obviously provide the opportunity for game manufacturers and stores to market their products.
Community organizations and churches could have “Game & Puzzle” nights.
Counselors, therapists and ministers could discuss the value of playing games together.
And, moving into the digital world, developers of collaboration software could challenge people to create a new game online (that ideally could be translated into the “real” world).
I’m sure there are lots of other ideas. Please share them in the comments.
In the meantime, here are some other celebrations happening in November.
- November 1: National Family Literacy Day www.famlit.org
- November 1: National Cook for your Pets Day www.cookforyourpets.com
- November 7: National Men Make Dinner Day www.menmakedinnerday.com
- November 11: Veterans Day www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/
- November 13: World Kindness Day www.theworldkindnessmovement.org
- November 23: Family Volunteer Day www.pointsoflight.org
- November 24 – 30: Better Conversation Week www.conversationmatters.com
- November 28: Thanksgiving Day