I know I'm a week late for the Fall Equinox but I had to be sure! Ever since, the weather has cooled off, the air smells crisp, and the leaves around me are CHANGING COLORS!
If you couldn't already tell, Autumn/Fall is my favorite season and the best time of year. Growing up in Florida, it was when the weather was the perfect blend of cool and sunny. And the trees did lose their leaves, a few of them changed color, but it wasn't nearly the spectacle I'm seeing now that I'm up north. It's still small, but I'm excited for when this...
A smidgen of color showing up on the trees outside.
...changes into this.
And lest we not forget, two of my favorite U.S. holidays happen during this magical season. First, there's Halloween (which takes place for all of the month of October, not just the 31st). I'm not a huge fan of horror movies, though I've been exposed to more classic ones as I've gotten older, but I can never resist the candy and costumes. And I can't understate the history! The origins of many of the traditions are rooted in the Celtic/Gaelic pagan holiday of Samhain, which is fascinating history for someone who isn't a Wiccan/Neopagan/a-faith-that-still-celebrates-it.
And then there's Thanksgiving! Now, I understand that this holiday has some controversy behind it because of its supposed origins (U.S. tradition tells a story of white colonist Pilgrims and Native Americans coming together at Plymouth Rock for a big feast when actual history was not nearly as friendly). However, the way I personally choose to celebrate is to come together with family and celebrate things I am thankful for by eating amazing food. This holiday has a lot of warm memories for me, and I continue to make them with my family and my entire in-law family every year. My favorite parts are dark-meat turkey and gravy, mashed potatoes, scalloped corn, and (the best) pumpkin pie.
What's your favorite season? Do you love the time in between Summer and Winter as much as me? Are you more of a Spring person or do you enjoy more extreme temperatures better? Let me know in the comments! I love hearing from you.
Brie Tart writes fantasies in which she draws the mythical from the mundane. She spends the rest of her time dabbling in languages and prepping for her next adventure.