I realized that it has been quite a while since I’ve written about a more simple opinion…but sometimes the easygoing nature of autumn will put you in that mood. With relaxing days, warm food, and the holidays, it’s one of my favorite times of year. With so many wonderful things to enjoy, fall is a time to relish.
The relaxing “feel” of autumn is unique from any other time of year. As the sun sets early in the evening, you can curl up and cuddle under a blanket on the couch. Sunday afternoons in a clean, warm home, is a great time to invite family over for the supper feast of kings. October baseball and Sunday football only add to the atmosphere of the day. But the best part of all is the afternoon catnap, lying in the warmth of the sun coming through the open window. None of these things compare when done in any other season.
No one can deny that they think of Thanksgiving dinner throughout the year and all the wonderful flavors it encompasses. The moist turkey, buttery potatoes, sweet cranberry sauce and any other creative dishes that dance their way to the table feed our stomachs from our eyes alone. One of my favorite memories of fall and food is my mother’s chicken soup. My sister and I walked in after playing soccer in the rain to find a steamy pot of soup, cooked with a whole chicken, simmering away its final moments of flavorful cooking. Is there anything like comfort foods in the cool weather?
However, the best part of all is the start of the holiday season. We start with ghouls and goblins meandering through the neighborhoods, excited to share their alter egos with their neighbors and receive a sweet prize in return. Then we gather ‘round for a day of thanks, remembering the important things in our life and taking time for family. Once that’s finished, it’s time to get ready for the Christmas season!
There are many delights to point out with this time of year. With relaxing days, warm food, and the holidays, autumn is my favorite time of year. It’s no accident that Autumn is the best set of movements in Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons,” elegant, graceful, and joyous. Now I say it’s time to have a bowl of soup, fall onto the couch, invite family over and watch a Cowboy’s game!