I completely understand where you're coming from, Melanie. When it's time to feature these, if we run with these ideas, we have been trying to make sure that the focus is welcoming to as many members as possible. We aren't going to shy away from US events or themes, but have been making sure that there are plenty of options for others to join in. Unfortunately, we cannot control when certain events happen, like US Presidential elections, or our Thanksgiving. One reason for opening up the planning notes to everyone, and that's really what there are-notes and ideas, is so if there is some major event coming up in your part of the planet, you can speak up! We can't keep up with news from all over the world or every state holiday, but we can ask for help so we aren't completely ignoring them. Keep in mind, just because there's a note in the slot up there does not mean that's what we're doing. It's just our rough draft. We look at how many people are options to feature, the quality of the profiles that exist, the number of people who might be interested, among so many other details. Please, please, if you see another option that might work for a date, mention it! The Team has a giant spreadsheet that it all gets put into so it can be referenced for current and future planning and some of these weeks are pinning down which idea to use up to two weeks before we feature. Nothing is set in stone until we publish :-)
Thanks for the Nov. 18th ideas!