The fall season is here and while everyone on my social media feeds are excited about pumpkin spice everything, I’m just excited about everything autumn!
There are a multitude of things to do during the fall season, and because of that I created both a Fall bucket list and a Halloween bucket list, both as printables. As much as I love those bucket lists, especially as someone who loves creating to do lists just for the satisfaction of crossing things off the list, sometimes there’s more to enjoying the season than completing a list of things.
Over the years I have a sort of seasonal ritual to help me get in touch with the season. I want to use all of my senses to truly immerse myself in the gloriousness of Autumn. In honor of the years I’ve spent perfecting my personal preference on how to indulge in this season I wanted to share my top 12 tips to make the most of Autumn.
12 Tips to Make the Most of Autumn
hikes are one of my favorite ways to take in all that is Autumn. It’s a wonderful opportunity to see the colors of the season, enjoy the breeze, the crunch of the leaves under your feet. Learning about the migratory birds in the area or even just paying attention to the animals that are around during the fall season.
Decorate Your Home:
I’m more of a seasonal decorator than a holiday decorator, however with the kids getting excited for every single holiday, I have a feeling we’ll have more holiday decor popping up throughout our house. Candles, holiday vignettes, even a little bit of outdoor yard decor. Every little bit can make you feel just a little more in the season.
When I think of the fall season my mind immediately gravitates toward gratitude. Gratitude for my family, the things I have, even the seasonal harvest of our area. This probably explains why Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and I’m always looking for new ways to express the gratitude I have with my family and friends.
It doesn’t matter what religion you are or if you are a secular family, there is a holiday for you during the fall season. I’m all about education so I love to learn more about the holidays we do celebrate, as well as holidays from different cultures and religions. It’s eye opening and a great way to connect with the season.
I know many of you are all about the pumpkin spice, but it’s just not my flavor. That just means more for you! For me I’m all about apples and baked goods. It’s time for bread pudding, caramel apples, and deliciously roasted main dishes. Take some time and savor the flavors of the season.
Snuggling up all warm and cozy on the couch watching movies with the family in front of the fireplace is one of the sure signs the season is changing. I even make my own blankets thanks to my not so great talent of crochet. Top it all off with a steaming cup of hot chocolate and you’ve got just one more of the awesome perks of the season.
I’m all about creating fun seasonal decor, and possibly even a few things just for the fun of it. I mentioned the girls are getting older, this means our skill level and quality are going up. I’m looking at creating some holiday pennant banners, as well as some fun centerpieces to bring the focus on the season.
I’ve mentioned my love of canning before, right? Our main canning recipes are for applesauce, apple butter and tomatoes, however this year we gave green pepper jelly a try and it turned out amazing! I’m branching out in how we preserve our own backyard harvest, but there are so many recipes you can try if you pick up things from the store or local farmers.
What’s your favorite fall activity? We’re all about the pumpkin patch and apple orchards! I’ve already mentioned nature walks, but don’t forget corn mazes, hay rack rides, bonfires, and making caramel apples.
This year we’ve already visited the food bank a friend of ours runs where we volunteered to help get families the things they need to get them through the next couple of weeks. We’re also planning some projects to possibly do a food drive and I’ll be crocheting more blankets and scarves for those who need them later this year. Remember, you can donate your time if you don’t have the money if you’re looking for another way to give back to your community.
Explore the fall season with all of your senses. I’ve mentioned the flavors and some of the sights, but don’t forget the sounds, the textures, and even the smells of the season. There’s a lot going on and it’s a wonderful thing. Take some time to just be in the moment and truly appreciate the season and everything it has to offer.
While I love all of these things on my list, I saved one of the best for last. Parties. Halloween parties, Thanksgiving parties, football parties, even birthday parties. You can celebrate so many thing with a party or even tailgating. All you need is food, friends and fun. Nothing makes the fall season better than enjoying it with the people you love to be around the most.
How do you like to celebrate the fall season? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.