Everyone has a certain time of year when life just feels..better. Mine happens to be the fall and winter seasons. Not knocking summer or spring, they’re both great. I was born in the spring, but I absolutely believe that during autumn I smile a little more, laugh a little louder, and have a little bit more fun.
With the fall/autumn season officially in full swing, I thought I’d share some of my favorite things about the season.
- Fall Scenery: The fall brings an assortment of beautifully-colored leaves that not only decorates lawns, but sets the backdrop for some splendid outdoor photos. It’s really a photographer’s playground. What family doesn’t want to take a family portrait with fall foliage in the background and how cute is a photo of a baby sitting in the middle of a pumpkin patch?
- Weather: Being a Texas resident, fall brings a welcome break from the hot temperatures the state is known for. It also means more time I get to spend outside on my patio, sans the mosquitoes, bees, and other summer insects. If you’re not so lucky to have the same “pleasant” weather in the fall – perhaps the fall temps where you reside are several degrees lower – it can also serve as great cuddling weather with your significant other or family time in front of the fireplace.
- Food: I enjoy good foods all year long, but the cooler weather of the fall calls for heartier comfort foods like homemade chili, stews, soups, and casseroles. In the fall, I want my meals slow-cooked, meaty and in large portions. Fall welcomes the seasonal ingredient of pumpkin, and whenever you hear a recipe that begins with ‘pumpkin spice’ it’s almost sure to be a hit. (My personal favorite is pumpkin spice cupcakes). Fall also brings about more baked goodies, which really pleases my sweet tooth. I’m just not at liberty to turn down pie, cupcakes, or cookies. Don’t judge me, I’m packing on cushion for winter.
- Holidays: Fall pretty much kicks off the holiday season. Halloween – or the only acceptable time to eat multiple bags of candy in one night, as I like to refer to it – is around the corner and if you have little ones, it’s always fun to let them pick out their Halloween costumes. Kids and teens too old for trick-or-treating can go scare themselves at haunted houses. Adults don’t have to be left out of the fun. Chances are you’ll have a friend who’ll throw a costume party with lots of spooky-looking adult beverages. Many people count on holidays like Thanksgiving to visit their families, who they might only get to see once or twice a year. It’s also okay, sometimes encouraged even, to over-indulge on turkey, dressing, starches, and desserts during Thanksgiving. This could also lead to holiday weight gain, but hey, that’s what New Year’s Resolutions are for.
- Football: What can I say? Americans love their pigskin. While I’ll admit football is not my favorite sport, it does offer an opportunity to show school spirit for your high school or college team. Tailgating, anyone? It also makes for fun date nights, in which case I feign enough interest to make sure my companion has an enjoyable time and debunk the whole ‘girls don’t know anything about sports’ myth. The truth is my favorite sport is basketball, and NBA preseason begins in the fall. Go Celtics!!
- Fashion: Almost every woman, whether she admits it or not, looks forward to implementing a new fall wardrobe. It’s just something about shopping for sweaters, jeans, and boots that feels invigorating! I’m more than ready to trade in my flip-flops for boots in various styles, heel heights, and colors. And the comfortable, low-maintenance side of me loves being able to throw on a hooded sweatshirt and call it a day. I also save a few dollars at the nail shop by skipping the pedicure. My feet are going to be covered 99% of the time anyway! Fall wardrobes can also be very forgiving for those who..let’s just say those with ‘a little more to love.’ Let’s face it. A big gut and thunder thighs can be concealed quite nicely with a long loose sweater.
So what’s your favorite thing about the fall season? Share in the comment section below. And if fall isn’t your thing, don’t worry your season will cycle around soon enough.