I Hate to See You Go, but I Love to Watch You Leave
5 Reasons I'm not ready for Fall to end
1. The leaves are falling
I spent this weekend in Charlotte, where the leaves were hitting their peak at stunning shades of yellow, orange, and red, and starting to swirl through the air and land in charming piles on the ground for kids to play in. This is the best part of fall. Nothing quite sums up the season like this sight and the sound of the crunch of leaves below your feet. But this is such a fleeting time, and before we know it every last beautiful leaf will be gone and the trees will be merely skeletons of the beauty that was there just weeks before. Climbing trees is the most fun when the leaves surrounding you are beautiful and showing a vast array of color.
2. Gray days are upon us
Today was one of the first gloomy days I've seen in weeks, and there was such a strong chill in the air that came with it. These days are my least favorite part of winter. Nothing about this weather makes it fun to be outdoors, and you can't see the pretty sunset either. Plus, being a college student means having to walk all over the place to get from class to class and all the way home, so walking in the cold, dreary grayness makes for less pleasant strolls.
3. The fall vegetables will be scarce
I've personally had a blast cooking and ordering everything pumpkin, squash, brussels, and more that are inherently autumn veggies. I'm sure they'll stick around for a bit, but it just won't be the same without all the feelings of fall that come along with the joy of preparing them.
4. Cute sweaters will have to be covered with heavy coats
I love all the stylish sweaters cooler weather brings out of my closet, and I can pair them with scarves, necklaces, and more to add even more to an outfit. But once it gets colder than fall temperatures, it's no longer optional to wear a coat when going out in the cold. This hides whatever cute sweater I decided on that day and anyone who sees me outdoors in passing won't get to appreciate the time I put into planning my outfit.
5. Finals are coming
5 Reasons I'm super ready for Fall to end
1. CHRISTMAS LIGHTS ARE UP
I'm a sucker for Christmas lights, so much so that I hang them in my room year-round. I love driving through the most well-lit neighborhoods and seeing the light displays people go to all the effort to put up. Across the street from me is perhaps one of the best and most tasteful light displays, and we are always so delighted when we see him out putting his lights up shortly after Thanksgiving. We don't have to go to the effort to decorate to that extent, but we still get to enjoy it each and every night. Another great spot is a street in my neighborhood that has gone to town with hanging balls of lights from the trees, ranging from the height of an average person to the highest branches of the highest oak trees. Driving down this street is like something straight out of a movie; it seems completely unreal. Almost every house on the street participates now and we always make a point to visit the street a few times each holiday season.
2. Christmas cookie-baking can begin
Christmas cookies are just inherently better than cookies any other time of year. From gingerbread, to spritz, to peppermint, to just plain sugar cookies, it's the time to have any and all of them baking in your oven, filling your home with joy and delicious smells. If you need inspiration for cookie baking, Good Housekeeping's got you covered.
3. More shopping
As if I need an extra reason to go shopping, Christmastime is when I realize I have so many loved ones that I need to get something special for. I love searching for the perfect item (or action) for everyone important in my life. I don't believe in trivial gifts; they have to be very meaningful and personal to the specific people I am giving them to. I love being creative, giving unique gifts that only I can think of, and doing nice things as gifts instead of material items. Get a little creative this year and give something out of the ordinary. Or give to someone you don't even know, even if it's just a small act of kindness for a stranger. It's the season of giving, but you can give in so many ways other than shopping.
4. Holiday music is everywhere
I'm such a sucker for Christmas music. The classics, the oldies, and, of course, Mariah Carey. The Holly XM station is always playing in my car through the holidays and I love to play Christmas tunes in the house while I light my holiday candles and get in the spirit.
5. Decorating a gingerbread house
I have serious aspirations for the ultimate gingerbread house, and one day I will make one that will blow everyone's minds. I spend time searching for images of the best gingerbread houses, buy the most natural-looking candy that could serve as proper home decor, but still end up with a totally lame gingerbread house every year. One of these days I'll get it right.