It’s fall, and I absolutely love this time of year. I wish it lasted longer. Cool nights, snuggling under blankets, the rustle of leaves, a wispy leaf or two wafting down to the ground, but most still on the trees. Getting to wear my fleece sweatshirts again, enjoying the softness.
Two of the things I like to do in the fall are get out my fall decorations, and invite people over to our home. I love to serve hot cocoa and light candles that smell good. Sit and talk and laugh with friends. I realized a few years ago that if I’m to really enjoy fall, and not completely miss Thanksgiving by going straight into the Christmas season, I have to start earlier in September and include Thanksgiving in my fall theme. It’s been a bit busy around here lately, what with many weddings and bridal showers, (my daughter Kelsey’s going to be a bridesmaid for the first time!) and getting ready for company coming (our missionary friend, Alfredo, is in town, because his daughter Zelina married our friends’ son, Ryan), so I have only in the last few days taken out a few of my favorite fall decorations.
I love adding in the colors of fall: reds, oranges, and yellows here and there. My family absolutely loves candy corn, and even better mixed with dry roasted peanuts! It’s become a tradition, with the addition of those cute pumpkin candies. I also make sure to get the caramel candy corn for my son.
I think Thanksgiving is one of the best holidays, with a great theme, so in the last few years I’ve gotten some pilgrims when they were on sale, or with my August birthday money saved up. They and and a few other pumpkins (is it pie-baking time yet?) and candles are reminders to me to be thankful throughout my day and I put them out in September, so I can enjoy them longer. Did I mention that I love candles?
For me, changing decor in simple ways makes me happy. It makes me smile to create a little beauty around our home in simple ways. It encourages me to see tables cleaned a little deeper and a changed cloth on the table for the season, and to put something on it that I might have even forgotten I had! Or maybe I’ve looked forward to seeing it out again, almost like seeing an old friend.
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