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October to December

2nd Sunday in October - Canadian Thanksgiving Day

A Horn of Plenty or Cornucopia is a wonderful symbol of abundance and bounty.

12th October - Nuestra Señora del Pilar - Our Lady of the Pillar

The first known and earliest recognized apparition of Our Lady, and one which took place while she was still living on earth.

21st October - Apple Day

Celebrating Apple Day is as easy as picking out your favorite apple and taking a bite out of it or maybe curling up with a book and some hot apple cider.

31st October - Hop-tu-Naa, Isle of Man

Manx Gaelic 'shogh ta'n Oie', which translates as 'this is the night.'

1st November - All Hallows' Day, All Saints Day.

Happy New Year and all Hail to the Ancestors

2nd November - All Soul’s Day

Today I will light candles to remember the ancestors and call their names out loud so that they may be remembered.

5th November - Guy Fawkes Day, Bonfire Night or Fireworks Night

The explosives were discovered with hours to spare after an anonymous tip-off.

8th November - St Cybi / St Cuby

Cyngar was older and had lost his teeth. A milking cow was kept to provide him with food ... and that led to a lot of bad tempered cursing....

10th November - St. Grellan

"a treasured relic from the dawn of Christianity in Ireland, though handed down with loving care through thirteen centuries, was in the end put to base use, before finally disappearing from sight, perhaps forever."

11th November - St Martins Day

Here is Martin, the Roman soldier, he has clothed me.

16th November - Hecate's night

Hecate is the goddess of the twilight, who sees everything that happens in the shadows.

20th November - St Edmund's Day

Should Edmund be Patron Saint of England?

25th November - St Catherine's Day

Approaching 30 and not married? Un tel qu'il teplaira Seigneur, je m'en contente!" "Send whoever you want, Lord; I'll be happy!".

4th Thursday in November - American Thanksgiving

John F.Kennedy was the first president reported to spare the turkey given to him (he announced he didn't plan to eat the bird), and Ronad Regan was the first to grant the turkey a presidential pardon.

Last weekend in November - Stir up Sunday

We each made a wish and stirred the pudding mix three times

5th / 6th December - Feast of St. Nicholas and Krampus

small gifts and treats left in either shoes or stockings... or something a little less delightful... how did it all begin?

13th December - St. Lucia's Day

It seems that older traditions recognize the duality of powerful forces. 

21st December - Feast of St Thomas the Apostle

Instructions of 'How to Dream About Your Future Husband' are included in this piece

31st December - New Year's Eve

Fireworks and flares followed by a first footer... and New Year's Day arrives with NO sweeping out that Good Luck