SAN DIEGO: The autumnal equinox is here! Beginning in the United States September 23 this year, autumn continues until the advent of the winter solstice in December.
Fall’s Autumnal Equinox
As the sun progressively sets earlier, temperatures become noticeably cooler. According to Wikipedia, the word autumn originated with the Etruscans and later was adopted by the Romans.
The word “fall” became popular through the colonization of British colonists in North America. The words autumn and fall are both acceptable descriptions for this beautiful season profuse with natural colors of red and gold.
Many American traditions begin in the fall, such as football, basketball, new and returning television series, the start of a new school year, Halloween, Thanksgiving and more.
Fall calling us to hearth and home
Autumnal traditions bring people together to share and enjoy them in many warm, cozy ways. Fall is a time to get closer to the simplicities of hearth and home.
In Falling in the Fall-The Joys of Autumn Romance, Betty Russell she suggests that autumn is a time to experience short days and long nights. It is a time to begin nesting or hibernating with loved ones, taking walks, staying home to cook, or sharing a roaring fire heighten the fall experience.
Simple Joys of Autumn
“Watching little brown and green geckos
on the screen in the afternoon.
A lemon turning yellow on the tree.
Running through dappled forest trails
with my love and dog.
Clean sheets after a shower.
Bringing my love a cup of coffee in
A snug reading corner.
The perfect sweater.
A cool breeze after a hot summer.”
Getting your outdoors on
Real Simple offers several suggestions for rounding out the experience:
-Go apple picking.
-Rent a cabin in the mountains
-Take a drive in the Country
-Plant bulbs for next spring
-Buy winter squash and Brussels sprouts at a farmers market
-Take a hike
-Carve your own pumpkin
-Get spooked in a haunted house
-Host a potluck for Thanksgiving
-Tour a winery
-Breathe the crisp cool air
-Begin Christmas shopping
-Remember what you are thankful for
Autumn is a beautiful time of year, replete with falling leaves signaling the beginning of the holiday season. It is also an ideal time for reflection in advance of the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, planning and celebrating.
One With Nature
“Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn.”
Until next time, enjoy the ride in good health!