1. The colors! I love the brilliant colors of the leaves and the dark maroons and purples that go with autumn.
2. The leaves! Nothing beats Maine’s fall foliage, but at least we get a little taste of it in St. David.
3. The clothes. There’s something about switching to long pants and sweaters that is refreshing after a long summer of shorts and t-shirts.
4. The air. In Maine, it would already be getting cool and crisp; here it will take a little longer, but we’ll get there. It’s a reminder of the winter and holiday season to come, and it’s such a nice change from the heat of the summer!
5. The smells. Pumpkins, apple cider, cranberries, cinnamon spice, ginger bread… Maybe this year I’ll make my house smell good by actually cooking some delicious things instead of just lighting candles!
6. The holiday season. October starts it off by the change in the weather and ending with Halloween (I’m kind of a master pumkin carver, and Carter won two costume contests last year!), and then Thanksgiving and Christmas are not far behind, and all the holiday concerts and shows begin rehearsing.
7. Black Friday! Need I say more? No, I don’t think so.
8. Thanksgiving! Last year we hosted all of Daniel’s family at our own house, and it was a lot of fun to decorate and cook the meal together. This year will be a lot less hectic, at my parents’ house (where Carter is the ONLY little one!), but it will be nice to relax and watch the parade in the morning!
9. New seasons of our favorite television shows. Daniel suggested this one, and it was good.
10. The traditions. At no other time of year are traditions so evident. My family would always go to the same pumpkin patch to choose our pumpkins to carve, and the trip always included choosing some large and small pumpkins, guessing the weight of the giant pumpkin on display, and enjoying some warm apple cider from inside the store. We always watched the Macy’s Day Parade on Thanksgiving morning (so much better when it’s live on the east coast!). And for Christmas we always got our stockings first thing, had a big breakfast of french toast and bacon, and then opened up our presents. We would sit on our couch at night with just the tree lights on, watching Christmas specials or listening to Christmas music.
Oh good times, fall, good times. I think this year is going to be no exception!