When you’re hurrying around getting ready for Christmas, it can be easy to forget to say “hello”. A simple nod and smile to a neighbour can really cheer up a dark wintery day and lead to a friendly conversation!
With the cold settling in it’s tempting to wrap up and stay indoors. But you can still enjoy the great outdoors in November. Why not get your favourite winter coat on and organise a winter BBQ, walking club or play a game of rugby or football with friends and neighbours?
Sparing just a couple of hours a week of your time is not only a great way to help people and organisations in your community; you can also meet some new friends and maybe even start up a new hobby. Doit.org.uk has lots of opportunities from buddying up with young adults with additional learning needs to helping out in a local museum or city farm.
Winter can be a lonely time of year. Simply popping in to say hello or dropping by with a homemade treat can really brighten someone’s day and make them feel less isolated. If you have a bit more time to spare, why not offer to take them shopping or help them write Christmas cards?
Tempted to enjoy some retail therapy and buy new Christmas decorations? November is the perfect time to make your own! They can be made from absolutely anything and add a personal touch. Why not get together with your neighbours and make some for your street?
Organise a baking competition with a few friends and neighbours; a perfect activity for a rainy day in with the kids. November is also the perfect time to try out Love Food Hate Waste’s fantastic last minute Christmas cake recipe.
The winter months can prove very costly when trying to keep warm. By taking some time out to think about how you heat your home could help make November not such an expensive month. Eden Project has some really helpful energy saving tips from changing supplier to wrapping your boiler in an old jacket!
After all this November activity, take a well-deserved rest with a slice of homemade cake in your cosy home and get ready for December!