Do you feel it? The change in the air. The mornings are cooler, leaves have started to change colors and pumpkin-flavored everything seems to be on everyone’s minds. These are just a few signs that fall has arrived. There seems to be a fine line between those people who love fall and those who don’t. I am one of those people who look forward to the fall each year. I might go as far as to say that it is my favorite season of the year. Since we are just getting into fall, I thought it would be fun to share with you the many reasons why I love fall.
Reasons why I love fall
I feel like this is the biggest reason that I love fall. Every year I look forward to watching the trees go through their color shift before dropping their leaves. How long this lasts depends on the year. Some years they change slowly over a few weeks, while other years it happens in a matter of days. So far, this year seems to be on the slower side. Some trees have started to change but many remain green. Once the majority of trees have their leaves changing, we will go for a drive down the highway to take it all in.
While baking is something that I do all year round, I really enjoy it in the fall. Since it is cooler outside, the incentive to heat the house and get something out of it is strong. The smells of freshly baked goods is a great bonus. Of course, there are also tons of new recipes to try as fall seems to be a time when everyone is sharing their recipes, especially those that involve apples and pumpkin. These apple oatmeal muffins are a great recipe to try this fall.
This one may sound strange if you know me since I’m usually not a fan of the cold. However, those crisp fall mornings are quite pleasant. It also means that wearing a sweater makes more sense. Where I live, I wear a sweater most of the year, but fall is the sweater weather I look forward to.
When I think of fall, pumpkins always come to mind. In fact, many people have pumpkin on the brain. Whether it’s those pumpkin spiced lattes or pumpkin recipes, it is the buzzword this time of year. Let’s not forget about the joy of going into a pumpkin patch to pick a pumpkin or two for decorations or for jack-o-lantern carving.
Though available year-round, apples and fall just go together. It’s the time of year when apples are abundant. I would always look forward to picking apples in the fall as a kid. This is something I wish that we could do every year. However, where I live that just isn’t something we can do easily. We did go apple picking a few years ago when we headed down to visit family and it was a great experience, especially for my son who had never picked apples before.
New and old TV shows
Fall means fall TV. Whether it’s an old series coming back for another season or a new show, there is always something to watch when the fall lineup hits. Although I am not a huge TV person, I do enjoy a couple of shows and it’s always great when they come back on each fall.
Another fall staple is the fall fair. Where I grew up, there were all kinds of fairs around for us to visit over the fall. In fact, you would be hard-pressed to get to all of them in a single season. The one we went to every year was the Brigden Fair. This fair falls on Thanksgiving, and we would often go to it for school field trips and also as a family. I loved going to see all of the animals, especially the horses, and tasting all of the fair food. We took our son there a couple of years ago and he enjoyed it, even though the day we went didn’t have many exhibits open.
Fall may mean that the gardening season is coming to an end, but that also means it’s harvest time. All of that work and care of the garden has now paid off. This is usually the busiest time in the garden, but it is worth every minute. Sure my back is sore at the end of the day, but that bucket full of beans and potatoes makes it all worth it.
Of course, not everything about fall is good. The biggest thing I don’t like about this season is that it is a precursor to winter.
Those are the reasons why I love fall. Do you love fall? What are your favorite and least favorite parts of it?