I used to hate winters in Alberta, but here on Vancouver Island we have this gradual progression to our "winter" which involves more rain and everything gets really green. There is no more mowing of the lawn though as it just goes into a type or dormancy without growth - still alive but waiting for the sunshine to start growing again. We can put up Christmas lights on the exterior of our home without freezing to death in November. Around the end of December we usually get one or two snowfalls but none last year at all. When it snows here everyone stays home. Kids build snowmen and have snowball fights. Businesses shut down and everyone enjoys their snow days, primarily because a lot of people here do not have driving skills to navigate in winter conditions. People don't shovel their walks here when it snows, they just wait for it to melt (except us ex-Albertans, hubby can't stand snow on our walk). We can go for wet winter walks, especially now that we have Buddy and actually get some fresh air. We bought him a little lined rain coat so he can go without getting too cold. I rarely got much fresh air in winter in Alberta as it was far too cold to spend any time outside. The outside time was limited to running to and from the car at work and brushing the snow off your car.
There are farmers markets and craft fairs everywhere selling things like local chestnuts, cranberries and grapevine wreaths. We can just look in the forest and find holly to decorate the house. A lot of people find November dreary, but not here on my little piece of paradise. I find November magical.
I just have to get through this weekend without the dog going crazy every 10 minutes as trick or treaters ring the doorbell on Saturday night. If you live in certain parts of North America - don't forget to set your clocks back an hour on Sunday. Happy Halloween!