Each new season brings a time to celebrate with family, with friends, with our community. Creating traditions for our children and ourselves around these special times of year helps all of us to value the present moment, and prepare for the transitions ahead. Here you will find a few simple ways that our readers are planning to enjoy the upcoming autumn season.
Autumn is my favourite season. It is so full of freshness. Fresh air, fresh starts, fresh opportunities. With the change in weather comes a wonderful blend of coziness and eagerness. Coziness to stay inside, and devote time and energy to our home life. Eagerness to try new things, and begin novel pursuits. As a family, we all feel this energy, and the change in our daily rhythm. Celebrating autumn for us is low key, and comfortable. Like slipping into an old sweater, we want to feel both alive and connected with one another.
We live in an agricultural area, and are extremely lucky to be able to enjoy the tastes and experiences of the harvest season. This year, we will, again, visit our local apple and pumpkin orchard, for a picnic to bring in the season. There are few things more wonderful than experiencing glorious food, outdoors, in a beautiful setting, with friends and family. The simplicity of such a ritual reminds us to be grateful for what we have, and to stop and appreciate the fresh season, with all its fresh starts. Kelly Woods
While Autumn is the earth’s way of beginning to go to rest for the winter, we wake up during Autumn from late summer’s listless haze. Autumn is a time of new beginnings, excitement, and benediction for us. As our summer winds down to a slow lull, we begin to crave the excitement and realigning that Fall brings. With this new season our home school year begins, followed by the predictable rhythm of apple picking, pumpkin patch trips, and festivals. Old friends come back into our lives after our summer hiatus and we reconnect over the bevy of delights this season offers us. This reunion is celebrated at every turn in our home. But most of all we commemorate Autumn by coming together and appreciating the great, yet simple, gifts that we’ve been blessed with on this earth. From family to leaves, or even a sheep’s freshly shorn wool, for us Autumn is a time for thankfulness. Nicole Justice-Kleemann
September 1st means the start of our autumn rhythm. Our school-aged daycare friends return to school and our own schooling becomes more intent. We enhance the change of seasons with annual songs, foods and social events. Tables of blueberries at the farmers market are now full of apples and winter squash. When the first baking pumpkin arrives I will buy it and make pumpkin whoopie pies for sharing at the park with friends. Each week the children will run to market to see if it is time yet. Later in the season, our close friends will put on their annual bonfire with s’mores, hot dogs and lots of field play. That’s when we know it’s time to bring out the mittens and the woolens- for winter is on its way. Sherene Cauley
Towards the end of August we all start to long for quiet. Our summer rhythm is is oodles of fun, but it’s also exhausting. The late night firefly catching, the festivals and fairs that seem to happen weekly, the hours spent outside exploring, the swimming, the outdoor playdates that involve games of hide and seek and trampoline stunts. Autumn is a sign that it’s time to come inward; we tend to start going to sleep earlier, spending more time indoors working on quiet projects, cooking more so the house is heated by the oven. Some of our favorite projects to welcome Autumn involve beeswax and leaves. First we head onto our property to search and return with handfuls of lovely colored leaves. We melt a bit of beeswax and once it’s began to cool, press our leaves in. After it dries you can use a bit of yarn to hang it up and watch the golden-Autumn rays shine through on an October afternoon! An afternoon of Autumn sun catchers and perhaps a pumpkin ginger soup sound like the perfect way to ring in a new season, don’t they? Tracy Alverson