I have a deeply rooted love affair with fall. Even as a little girl, I sensed something magical about the season. Jumping into raked piles of leaves in our yard was a favorite activity. On Halloween, my best friend and I trick-or-treated door to door gathering as much candy as possible, which resulted in epic sugar highs (and possibly a few cavities)!
As a teenager, fall ushered in the Friday night high school football season and our favorite homecoming tradition, football mums! In our day, they were made with real chrysanthemums, the smell of which can trigger many happy memories. Not to mention how much I loved ordering a cup of hot chocolate upon the arrival of the first chilly evening at the football stadium!
As an adult, and with each passing year, I find myself more enamored with autumn. Being a Texan, fall can be more of a state of mind than an actual change in weather. September 1st generally marks the beginning of the season without regard to the official date of the fall equinox (northern hemisphere).
Truthfully, Texans are grateful for having survived August and equally eager to bid it farewell! Occasionally we are graced with an early cool spell, which sends our feel-good hormones soaring! Regardless of the meteorological conditions, come September 1st my fall loving friends begin their seasonal transition of wardrobe and retrieval of fall décor for display in their homes and work settings.
The symbolic and spiritual elements of fall also resonate deeply within me. I recently enjoyed an article by Rose Mulu titled Symbols and Symbolism of Autumn that you might find interesting as well. All said, I suspect many of you enjoy autumn as much as I do. And be it your favorite season or not, there are so many ways to celebrate it!
Yes, fall does include the element of decay, but it is just a part of the cycle of seasons that our lives revolve around. It is a time to celebrate our expansion, allow certain things to fall away, and prepare for our winter’s rest. I hope you find joy in celebrating fall this season!
What do you love most about fall? What are your favorite activities? What are your favorite fashions and cosmetic items?