As the new fall season begins to emerge, I feel energized by the cooler weather and inspired by the brilliant colours nature has generously shared with us. Sometimes I find when I express my excitement that autumn is here, I’m met with surprise and doubt. I surely can’t be the only one who feels relief that the heat of the summer has passed?
I’ve been asked if I celebrate fall because the kids are back at school. The question makes me giggle, thinking back to a few moments I glanced desperately at the calendar mid-summer, but the truth is the kids going back to school is one of the few things I don’t look forward to. Instead, it’s the crisp fall air, the hue of the sky (which I am quite certain is bluer than any other time of year), and all the traditional celebrations from days past signalling that the harvest is ready. It’s almost time to slow down the daily pace and enjoy time with family and friends.
Thanksgiving and Christmas are two of my favourite holidays. The magic of these times with kids just can’t be beat. I’ll admit that by January, I am ready to pack it all up, clean the house, and get back outside. But I never want to rush to that time. From the first weekend in September through to the end of the year, I am happy and comfortable in my quiet, cozy town.
I hope you can unwind and treat yourself well this long weekend, whether you are celebrating Thanksgiving in Canada or Columbus Day in the U.S. (UK readers, you deserve a break, too!)