10 Ways to Make the Most of the Fall Season
Come September, many people begin to resent summer's departure, but I prefer to embrace it. Here are my 10 favorite ways to welcome fall with open arms and make the best of the year's most colorful season.
10 Ways to Enjoy the Autumn Season
- Observe the fall foliage.
- Drink coffee.
- Burn scented candles.
- Bake some sweets.
- Wear comfy clothes.
- Eat pancakes and french toast for breakfast.
- Watch holiday movies.
- Carve pumpkins.
- Go holiday shopping.
- Put up seasonal decorations.
1. Observe Autumn's Beautiful Foliage
I chose to put fall foliage at the top of my list because to me, nothing is more exciting than seeing summer's green leaves slowly shift to red, golden-yellow, magenta, pink, and bright orange. I love walking in the park with my husband in the early morning to observe autumn's changing canopy.
The colors of the leaves shift slightly with each new day until they finally detach, one by one, and drift slowly to the ground. There is something so special about the weather during this season—the air is utterly calm and the temperature is perfect for a light sweater. Nothing beats sitting on a bench in the park with a book and a cup of coffee and watching the autumn leaves quake in the breeze.
Ways to Enjoy the Fall Foliage
- Go for a walk in a wooded area.
- Sit in a park and read a book under the changing leaves.
- Collect fallen leaves and preserve them with wax paper.
- Rake fallen leaves into a pile then jump in it and take a nap or stare at the sky.
2. Drink Coffee
Coffee is my everyday go-to drink, but it becomes way more essential during this season. There's just something about a hot cup of coffee on a crisp autumn day. Since I have a coffee bar at home, I like to brew up a fresh cup whenever the mood strikes me rather than making one pot to drink all day. I love reading books while sipping hot coffee in the fall. The smell of the warm coffee makes me feel relaxed and helps me get lost in whatever story I'm reading.
The best part about drinking coffee in autumn is trying all the seasonal flavors. During this time of the year, coffee shops and grocery stores usually offer a variety of maple, cinnamon-roll, and pumpkin-spice-flavored gourmet coffee drinks. Most of these flavors disappear come winter, so take advantage while you can!
Ways to Enjoy Coffee in the Fall
- Take a thermos of hot coffee to the park or on a walk.
- Drink coffee in the evening and then stay up crafting and watching movies.
- Try as many seasonal coffee drinks as you can.
- Add seasonal spices like cinnamon and nutmeg to your morning brew.
3. Burn Scented Candles
I love scented candles so much! I'm both pleased and slightly ashamed to say that I have a more-than-modest collection of scented candles at home. Try burning a citrus scent during the day and maple butter scent at night. The candles will allow the flavors of fall to waft throughout your house.
I have always thought of autumn as the most restful season, and nothing helps me rest like high-quality scented candles. Burn them before bed to calm yourself—the lingering scent will help you dream peacefully.
Ways to Enjoy Scented Candles in Autumn
- Burn pumpkin and maple candles to give your home a pleasant fall smell.
- Use scented candles to set the mood before a big seasonal meal.
- Burn candles before bed to help you sleep peacefully.
- Use scented candles to help you get lost in a book you're reading.
4. Bake Some Sweets at Home
I love challenging myself to bake more in the fall. In my opinion, autumn is the best time to bake at home instead of going out for treats. I think the onset of cold weather may be a contributing factor. The crisp air makes me crave warm, delicious baked goods but dissuades me from venturing out to the bakery.
Why not bake some maple and pumpkin-flavored treats at home while gathering with family or friends and watching holiday movies? Fall is the perfect time to bury your hands in a baking project and craft some seasonal sweets for you and yours.
Ways to Enjoy Baking in the Fall
- Make seasonal pastries with flavors like maple and pumpkin to enjoy with your morning coffee.
- Challenge yourself to try a new baking recipe each weekend.
- Modify baking recipes you know and love with autumn spices and garnishes.
5. Wear Comfy Clothes
The transition from summer's heat to autumn's cool weather is something that I look forward to every year. I live in Utah where the climate is fairly dry and the summer temperature can be cruel and oppressive.
Relief from the heat isn't the only benefit of fall's cool weather, though—the best part of the changing seasons is the opportunity to dig into your autumn wardrobe. It's time to open our closets and pull out our favorite comfy sweaters and jumpers. Wake your scarves, hats, and boots from their summer hibernation and show off your best autumn outfit.
What Are the Best Garments for Fall?
- Sweaters and hoodies
- Wool socks
6. Eat Pancakes and French Toast for Breakfast
To me, fall is the best time of year to make pancakes and french toast for your family or friends on a Saturday morning. Who's with me? These delicious breakfast foods are typically topped with maple syrup (an autumn staple), so fall is the ideal time of year to enjoy them.
You can garnish your french toast with fresh fruits or jams to complete the dish. Once the weather cools off, I just can't say no to these delicious breakfast meals. Nothing complements an autumn morning better than the smell of eggy butter, fresh fruit, and maple syrup.
Ways to Enjoy French Toast in Autumn
- Buy fresh, local fruit from your town's farmer's market and use it to top your breakfast.
- If you live in the right area, go collect your own maple sap and make your own maple syrup to use on your french toast.
- Spice up your pancakes or french toast with seasonal flavors like pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
7. Watch Holiday Movies
When it's too cold and rainy to get anything productive done outside, I don't feel guilty about just holing up inside all day and watching my favorite fall movies. Dreary autumn days are perfect for cozying up on the couch with a comfy blanket and some hot cocoa to watch a holiday flick or two.
With Halloween in October, Thanksgiving in November, and Christmas just around the corner, fall is the perfect time to watch scary Halloween movies and heartwarming holiday classics. Cozy up and press play!
Great Movies to Watch in Fall
- Hocus Pocus
- Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
- The Home Alone series.
8. Carve a Pumpkin
Halloween is one of the most exciting parts of fall for me and mine. Decorating, watching scary movies, and trick-or-treating are all quintessential Halloween activities, but my absolute favorite tradition has got to be pumpkin carving. Nothing beats hitting the pumpkin patch on a misty morning and picking out some plump gourds to turn into jack-o-lanterns. Pumpkin-carving is likely already a part of your autumn routine, but if it's not, give it a try! You'll be glad you did.
Pumpkin Carving Tips
- Larger pumpkins are easier to carve. If you have young children, encourage them to choose a big pumpkin.
- Save the seeds you pull out of the insides of the pumpkins and roast them in the oven. Save the roasted seeds in a jar and use them to garnish seasonal salads.
- If you don't want to use real candles in your jack-o-lanterns for safety reasons, you can bunch up Christmas string lights put them inside your carved pumpkin to illuminate its ghoulish grin.
9. Go Holiday Shopping
For most of us, holiday shopping begins during the fall season. In October and November, retail shops and web-stores start selling their goods at discounted prices to encourage consumers to buy holiday gifts. I like to take advantage of these sales to get the best deals I can on items I want to get for my family members. Sometimes buying gifts can be stressful, but for whatever reason, I always find autumn holiday shopping to be strangely therapeutic.
Holiday Shopping Tips
- Do your holiday shopping in October and November so you can beat the crowds and take your time.
- Combine shopping sessions with outdoor walks under the changing leaves to make holiday shopping less stressful and more enjoyable.
- Grab a seasonal pumpkin latte at the nearest coffee shop before diving into your spree—it will lift your mood, get you into the autumn spirit, and help you focus.
10. Put up Your Seasonal Decorations
As the fall holiday season approaches, it’s always fun to pull out holiday decorations from storage bins or the attic. Decorating seasonally gives you the opportunity to create a warm, inviting environment for friends and family.
Creating a fresh fall atmosphere in my home is one of my favorite things to do. With simple changes to your existing decor, you can create and enjoy a beautiful and relaxing new environment. For example, I used some leaves and pinecones that I collected during an autumn walk in the mountains to make a holiday wreath for my front door. The fall season just isn't quite complete without a cornucopia of colorful decorations.
Fall Decorating Ideas
- Gather colorful fallen leaves and twigs and bind them together into a handmade autumn wreath for your door.
- Fill any flower vases you keep in your home with red, orange, and yellow flowers.
- Visit the pumpkin patch and select an array of pumpkins and gourds. Arrange these in a cascading pattern down the sides of your front steps.
Questions & Answers
In my state, the weather is always changing. What do I do if it's snowing but I want to have a fall-like atmosphere?
The best thing you can do is to decorate your house in the fall-like atmosphere. For example, change the curtain into fall colors such as orange or red. Light up some candles and put them in the living room. Try putting up fall decorations around the house as well. Move around the couch and coffee table. Perhaps, you can set up a coffee bar in a specific area. Don't forget to throw some pillows and blankets too.
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