This weekend brings the official beginning of Fall–my very favorite time of year. We’ve been talking about it a bit here, so the kids know what it actually means. They know it’s one of two days of the year where day and night are equal lengths, and they know it means that starting next week, every day will have more dark than light hours. (Yay for it actually being dark out when I am tucking everyone into bed!) We are moving into the dark time of year, which is fine with me–time to hibernate by the fireplace and bake all weekend!
We have a few traditions every Fall that I’m really, really looking forward to. Since the kids were little, we’ve gone apple picking at an orchard in Northern VA every year–sometimes with friends, sometimes just us–but we always go! Then we make applesauce and apple pie and apple crisp and baked apples. Last year we even canned some applesauce that we used for gifts! I am hungry just thinking about it.
We also have a Halloween parade in our neighborhood on the weekend before Halloween. All the neighborhood kids get dressed up and a firetruck from the local station actually comes and leads the costumed kids through the neighborhood as people stand and wave from their front steps and sidewalks. The parade ends at a cul-de-sac where the kids have treats and play games. It’s so much fun and so cute and we look forward to it every year.
Last year, we started a new tradition that I am hoping to keep alive this year. We made a “thankful chain” in November. We wrote down all the things we were thankful for that day/week/month/year on strips of paper and then made a paper link chain that we used as a decoration on Thanksgiving. It was a really great way to get everyone thinking and I am determined to make it an annual tradition.
What are your favorite Fall traditions?