Today is the first official day of fall! And while I may have mixed feelings about the season changing sometimes, I do feel like there’s plenty of reason to celebrate. The fall season in particular feels so festive! Today I want to share ten things about the season that I always look forward to when this day rolls around.
1. The cooler autumn air.
We live in Alabama, and it gets quite hot and humid most summers. This year was pretty tolerable for the most part, but usually mid-July through mid-September feel like walking through a perpetual soup bowl seasoned with gnats and mosquitos. Fall brings relief! It’s still warm, but the mornings feel brisk and afternoon breezes are absolutely heaven on earth. There’s almost nothing better than sitting on the porch with a good book in fall, feeling the breeze on your face.
2. Driving through the colorful countryside.
Fall is the best time of year to take an afternoon road trip through the countryside. When the air starts cooling down, I automatically want to skip town and visit every rural state park on the map. Getting out of the city at least once to see the forest in its colorful autumn regalia is a seasonal must!
3. All the pumpkin spice everything.
Come on, who doesn’t love pumpkin spice yogurt? And pumpkin spice cereal. Pumpkin spice scented candles. Pumpkin spice lattes. Pumpkin spice cake. Pumpkin spice soda and pumpkin spice deodorant and pumpkin spice scented scratch-and-sniff stickers and pumpkin spice oatmeal and pumpkin spice syrup and pumpkin spice EVERYTHING. Give it to me, baby!
4. Listening to the high school marching band.
We live near to the local high school, and in the evenings I can hear the high school band practicing their routines. That drumline, I’m telling you, they kill it! I don’t know what it is about marching band music, but it makes me feel like I’m fifteen again, at the football game with my friends… just so festive and free. Maybe it’s because I’m in awe because I can’t keep a rhythm to save my own life!? I probably wouldn’t appreciate it so much if it lasted all year long, but since it’s limited to just a few months, I do enjoy it.
5. Harvest time gratitude lists.
As we get nearer to Thanksgiving, I notice the people around me expressing gratitude more often, and it’s a refreshing change from divisive political discourse and absentminded consumerism that seems more rampant other times of year. Even if I feel off kilter otherwise, taking time to remember the blessings in life is a grounding practice that really helps draw out the joy and peace inside, so I’m super grateful for the reminder be grateful.
6. Spending a lot of time outside.
The mosquitos are dormant. The sun feels pleasant rather than scorching. The breeze feels amazing (see #1) and the trees are gorgeous (see #2). Of course we spend a lot more time outside! I hardly even shut the door this time of year: instead, the front and back doors stay open and we spend more time outside the house than inside. This time of year, I’m more likely to pack a picnic lunch and head to the park with the kids or lace up our hiking shoes.
7. More creative energy.
Without fail, I always want to take on new creative projects in the fall. Perhaps it’s an instinct similar to that of the squirrels, who are gathering nuts to line their winter nests! Similarly, I want to do all sorts of rearranging and decorating and pillow fluffing to line my own “nest” for the cold days ahead. I have a lot of ideas and more energy to carry them through to completion in fall than any other time of year.
8. Autumn traditions.
A trip to the Pumpkin Patch. Carving pumpkins. Making leaf garlands. Drinking apple cider. Trick or treating. Shopping for boots and jackets. Planning the Thanksgiving menu. Collecting baskets of acorns and pinecones. These are some of my favorite things!
9. Blankets and sweaters.
It’s true that I will be happy to put them away again in a few months, but I love pulling out the fuzzy, warm blankets and cozy sweaters when the temperature starts to drop! Nothing says “home” like fleece, am I right?!
10. All the comfort food.
Who doesn’t love “comfort food”? You might as well loosen the belt a little to make room for all the mashed potatoes, casseroles, chili, cornbread, apple pie and gravy coming down the pike! Fall food is absolutely the best food (IMHO) and this girl’s got to eat. But in moderation. Lots of moderation, friends!
I’m sure there’s a lot more to love about fall, but I’m going to leave the list there for now! It’s a gorgeous day, and I’m determined to get outside to enjoy it. This evening, we will be field camping with our Cub Scouts troop, and I’m sure we will mark some of the first fall traditions off our bucket list! I’m excited to spend the first part of our weekend under the stars enjoying the fall mood. I’m unplugging this weekend, but I’ll be back soon!
What is your favorite thing about fall?