Falling For Fall

Why couldn’t I have been born in October or November? Why can’t I live in New England, where the air is fresh and crisp, the trees change color, and it snows every winter?

One day. One day, I will.

It’s that time of year again, and the older I get, the more convinced I become that fall is my favorite season. Too bad that I live on Texas’ Gulf Coast…

Let me tell you a secret. I actually don’t do well with cold weather. I don’t like to be cold, and I get cold very easily. I guess it’s not genetic, since both of my parents seem to prefer cold to hot. But I love snow, and I like winter clothes. I love boots, and scarves, and pea coats, and fluffy accessories! I love fireplaces, and hot drinks in favorite mugs. My favorite holidays are Thanksgiving and Christmas and each year I look forward to them, enjoying that magic feeling of anticipation that hangs in the air right before.

It often doesn’t really feel the way Thanksgiving or Christmas should feel, I think, in recent years. When it’s warm enough outside that I can wear shorts on Christmas Day… Please, no. The last Christmas—and the only Christmas of my life—that it actually snowed here at home was in 2004, the first significant snowfall for more than 100 years. For several years after that, every Christmastime, I would pray to wake up to a white blanket on Christmas Day, until eventually I gave up hoping. Maybe I’ll hope again this year, and look forward to the possibility that one day I’ll live up north, and can look forward to a first snowfall of the season every year. I honestly believe I’d much rather have to contend with a fear of blizzards than our fear of hurricanes.

What’s your favorite season? Do you have any fall traditions that you look forward to? Like pumpkin spice?

Another secret: I’m not big on pumpkin spice lattes, but if you want to make me a loaf of pumpkin bread, or a pumpkin pie, I’ll be all for that! Pumpkin spice lattes have come to the coffeeshops near me, but I haven’t ordered one—I’ll order a spiced apple cider first, and enjoy it while my Honeycrisp Apple candle from Bath & Body Works burns nearby. It smells like a transition from late summer to early fall, which is probably what we should be experiencing, except it’s still so warm out. Fall weather, come quickly…

Do you live in New England? What’s it like there during this time of year, and in the winter?