Fall is in the air.
That's right. Tis the season for colorful leaves, sweaters, pumpkin spice lattes and Facebook feeds dominated by David S. Pumpkins.
Don't get me wrong. I'm a fan of fall. I love fall beers. I love fall weather. But let's not kid ourselves — fall doesn't generally change from one year to the next. It's the same every time.
No more. It's time for a fall reboot. It's time to focus on something other than Halloween, Oktoberfest and cool weather.
It's time for ... Wolfenoot.
Yes, folks. I said Wolfenoot. It's a fall holiday invented by the son of Facebook user Jax Goss, that takes place Nov. 23 . From Goss' original post: "It is when the Spirit of the Wolf brings and hides small gifts around the house for everyone. People who have, have had, or are kind to dogs get better gifts than anyone else. You eat roast meat (because wolves eat meat) and cake decorated like a full moon."
This is a holiday I can get behind. You celebrate by eating meat and cake, and I get great gifts because I have and am kind to dogs? Yes please. Plus, I can't think of a single person I know who isn't qualified to celebrate this holiday, so I can celebrate it with everyone.
And let's not forget that unlike Thanksgiving, which is the most well-known late fall holiday, Wolfenoot isn't a celebration of the conquer and subjugation of indigenous people by white invaders.
Best of all, though, is the fact that beyond meat, cake and gifts, there are no requirements for celebrating. So however you celebrate, it's the right way.
This fall, let's do something different. Let's eat roast meat and cake and celebrate being nice to dogs. Let's give gifts to the people who are nicest to the dogs of the world and let's toast to the dogs for making it so hard to not be nice to them.
And if you're a fan of cats, a friend of mine suggested there could also be a cat-equivalent holiday called "Catenoot" and you know what? I can totally dig it because I can always get behind celebrating being nice to animals, even if that animal is a cat.
We need Wolfenoot, folks. So this Nov. 23, celebrate as you see fit, but make sure that if you do, you post pictures with the hashtag #wolfenoot, because Jax Goss' son is excited that people want to celebrate his holiday.
Let's make Wolfenoot (as well as Catenoot, if that's your jam) a real thing.
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