Rolan and I just got back from the most wonderful time in Italy, touring through Rome and the Amalfi Coast, and I can’t wait to tell you more about it. While there was a hint of chill in the air during our time there, our beachside limoncello in Positano and sunny, gelato-filled walks in Rome made us feel like we’d traveled back to summer. Now that we’re home in New England, we’ll be embracing the autumn season with gusto.
I’ve always loved seasonal rituals and tried to celebrate them fully, whether that means making certain recipes, driving off in search of blooms or harvests at their peak, or hosting holiday parties. Rituals like these put us in touch with our physical surroundings, add variety and rhythm to the year, and connect us to those around us. I’ve found that those very things that may sometimes seem frivolous, whether pumpkin spice lattes or plaid shirts, have great power to connect us with those friends, family, or strangers we may not always agree with on other matters. For all the reasons above, I thought it would be nice to share some of my favorite fall traditions with you.
I expect and hope that you and I will have many favorite traditions in common. If you have a well-loved activity that I didn’t mention, I hope you share it with me so that I might try it!
1. Apple Picking
Every fall for as long as I can remember, my family and I have gone to Honeypot Hill Farms to pick apples, stock up on cider donuts, and visit the farm’s goats and pigs. This year was no exception. Every year, the orchard gets a little more crowded as other people discover it.
2. Seasonal Drinks
While the pumpkin spice latte is probably already part of your fall drink repertoire, you don’t have to stop there. Rim a glass with cinnamon and sugar and fill it with pumpkin beer, or mix your favorite bubbly wine with apple cider for a seasonal take on mimosas.
3. Leaf Peeping
Autumn is one of my favorite times to go walking in the woods. Not only are the leaves beautiful colors, but the air is the most delightful temperature for hiking.
4. Halloween Everything
Halloween may very well be my favorite holiday. I’ve performed in countless plays over the years and love the transformative power of costumes. In recent years, I’ve dressed up as Cleopatra, Athena, Catwoman, Hermione, a lion, and a monarch butterfly. To encourage my friends to really participate in the occasion, I usually host a costume dance party.
5. Cozy Evenings
As the air gets cooler, there’s nothing I love more than going home at the end of a long day, changing into PJs (such as these or these), putting on a pot of tea, and wrapping up in a blanket (like this or this).
6. Practicing Gratitude
Although this is something I try to get better at all year, every year, Thanksgiving serves as a wonderful reminder to refocus on being grateful for who and what we have. What’s easy is to create lists of dream destinations, to covet after velvet heels, or to get frustrated with loved ones (or yourself) for not being perfect. What’s truly rewarding is to be thankful for the places you’ve been, for the possessions that bring you joy, and for all the ways in which your loved ones inspire and care for you.