I can’t believe we’re already bidding adieu to summer and welcoming autumn back. I must admit I’m excited for fall! I love the coziness of the season, the fall foliage, pumpkin picking, hayrides, and pumpkin lattes! I’m so excited that I’ve already did my fall decorating. We did it the first week my daughter went to school, she couldn’t wait to bust out the scarecrows and truth be told I was also ready to usher in autumn. There numerous ways to enjoy the season and to bring the outdoors inside.
Here are some fun ideas on how to get the most out of fall
Decorate Your House for the Fall
Fall is a comfortable season with cooler temperatures and a crispness in the air. Decorate your house to reflect the coziness of autumn. Put a few scarecrows outside and inside, place pumpkins by the door, bring in deep reds, burnt oranges, and the colors of fall foliage in your home through pillows, throws, and table decorations. Many stores have fall items on sale some as much as fifty percent off so spending a lot of cash isn’t an issue. Add pumpkin or apple scented candles to pleasure your senses. Boil some water and put cinnamon in the pot, your house will smell delicious. Switch out some of your pictures and replace them with pictures from last fall. Collect acorns and put them in a decorative bowl. Put a basket of apples on the table and really utilize what you already own to create a cozy environment.
Go Pumpkin Picking
Check out the local farms in your area and take your family pumpkin picking. Pumpkin picking is a tradition in my family. We visit the farm a few times during the season to go pumpkin picking and go on hayrides. Many farms may have ongoing activities from September to November that the kids can enjoy. Afterward decorate your pumpkins, make pumpkin pie, or bake the pumpkin seeds, they’re delicious. If carving is too dangerous for your little ones let them paint the pumpkin or get a stencil of a drawing they like and tape it over the pumpkin. Let them paint inside of the stencil for a great decorated pumpkin. You might even want to throw a pumpkin decorating party!
Jump in the Car
Wake the kids up early and take a day to do a scenic drive to absorb the beautiful scenery that fall creates. Pack a picnic lunch and don’t forget the camera. You’ll want to capture the beauty of the day! If you can plan a weekend getaway to a city that goes all out to celebrate autumn go for it!
Take Advantage of the Outdoors
After a hot muggy summer take time to enjoy the refreshing autumn air. Take walks after dinner, or bike rides during the weekend. If you have a fire pit roast some marshmallows or have a cup of hot apple cider on a clear night. While you and the kids are taking a stroll, carry along a basket and collect colorful leaves and acorns. You can use them as decorations. For instant fall artwork arrange the leaves you collected in a picture frame and hang it on the wall.
Be Fruitful in Your Walk with God
When I think of fall I think of harvesting. With Thanksgiving a few months away it is never too early to count your blessings and be a blessing to others. Spend time volunteering and being fruitful in your walk with God and through your actions toward others. Sow your seeds carefully in the heart of others around you and create a bountiful harvest.
This fall, carve out time to slow down during the hustle and bustle of a new school year, and enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds you. Take time to cozy up with a quilt, hold a loved one close and appreciate a new season.
Copyright © Chere Williams, Moms of Faith, All Rights Reserved