My girls love going all-out for the different seasons and holidays. They eagerly anticipate the “landmark” days when we shift into a new part of the calendar. As soon as the first day of fall arrives, they venture into the attic to retrieve our fall decorations and begin making wreaths and garlands for the house. They collect pine cones around our neighborhood and put them in big baskets to display by the fireplace. During the Christmas season they wear bells and make homemade cards and gifts. They sing and dance to Christmas music. It’s really sweet to see how excited they get each new season.
With the business of life, I sometimes don’t jump in as heartily as the girls. I promised them I’d work to improve, though. Last month, on September 23rd, we went to the attic together, found the fall decor and adorned our home in warm, rich colors. We simmered apples, orange peels and cinnamon in water on the stove to get that “fall” smell in the house. Now they’re trying to convince me to dress as “Lady Grantham” for Halloween (we’ll see about that). I’m starting to tag catalogs and create lists for decor and homemade gifts for Christmas.
It’s been a bit warm here, so I haven’t made a pumpkin spice latte yet, but I did get in the kitchen with the kids and create a recipe for pumpkin spice waffles. We all enjoyed the rich, balanced flavors of spices and pumpkin with just a touch of sweetness. Why not embrace the change of season and enjoy our blessings?