I don’t know what it’s like in other parts of the world, but in Michigan, these are fall things traditionally done to celebrate harvest and the change in season – a farewell to summer and a cocky, “Come at me, Winter – I’m not afraid of you.”
To be done in no particular order:
Buy school supplies whether or not you can think of an actual reason for a new set of ink pens and stacks of spiral-bound, college-ruled notebook paper. (NaNoWriMo, perhaps? I mean, as long as all that paper’s just sitting around.)
Visit a nature center to admire the fall colors.
Rake leaves before they all blow into your neighbor’s yard where he will have to rake them all by himself.
Jump into your leaf pile (not someone else’s leaf pile, unless you’ve been invited).
Throw leaves at a friend’s face.
Run away and hide from your friend until she cools off about all those leaves stuck in her hair and under her shirt.
Visit your local farm store to buy cider and donuts.
Pick an apple, polish it on the sleeve of your jacket, and take a bite. (No, do not steal apples: visit a u-pick or a friend’s/family member’s farm.) Fresh-off-the-branch apples really do taste magical. Or, at the very least, quite tasty.
Dig all your sweaters and fuzzy slippers and thick wool socks and long-sleeved shirts out of the attic.
Borrow a few “school” books from the library. Not textbooks, but your favorite going-to-school books. The books you read while going to school yourself, or the books you read instead of doing schoolwork. Books about magical school or more interesting school or more useful school or school you’d at least prefer to your own school. Or maybe you liked school and just want to watch book-characters suffer at a school they hate. My favorite school-books are the Anne of Green Gables books or Harry Potter.
Plan a Halloween party, or if you’re like me and don’t care for Halloween, plan a Fall Festival party.
Buy lots of candy for potential Trick-or-Treaters, then turn off all the lights in the house and hide the car and pretend not to be home so you can eat all that candy yourself.
Make comfort food: loaves of cinnamon-raisin bread, potato soup, beef chili, chicken-pot pie, pumpkin pie, apple pie. Let the house smell of spice and warm simmery goodness.
Take some time to look deep into the autumn sky because there’s nothing quite like that blue.
Welcome, Autumn. Let’s have some fun before the snow. =]