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October, Autumn Splendor
After the dog dogs of August, there is the Labor Day holiday and for many families the frenzied back to school business of September. We gently ease into cooler, longer October days and greet the month like an old friend.
There is so much to look forward to. Leaves are changing colors and everywhere we walk we crunch through piles of autumn splendor. Our houses are warmed with the smell of wood smoke and baked goods redolent with warm spices of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. We drink spiced pumpkin lattes, hot apple cider and wrap ourselves in cozy sweaters and warm woolens. Weekends are for football games, tailgating, picking apples, pumpkin patches and corn mazes.
October is homey, it wraps around you and surrounds you with color and awe.We put up fig preserves, apple butter and make pies.
The days get shorter which compresses all the Ahh! October moments into warm memories. October feels different, as this unknown author writes "Just before the death of flowers, And before they are buried in snow, there comes a festival season when nature is all aglow."
10 Fun October Facts
1. October for the Anglo-Saxons was Winterfylleth. This means the fullness of winter.
2. October is the name of U2's second album, released in 1981.
3. October holidays include: Chinese National Day on October 1st, Canadian Thanksgiving Day on October 12th, Halloween on October 31st.
4. October unofficial food holidays include: National Fluffernutter Day on October 8th, Caramel Apple Day on October 21st, and National Candy Corn Day on October 30th.
5. The best places to view leaves in October include Aspen, Colorado, The Catskills, New York The Berkshires, Massachusetts and Green Mountain Byway, Vermont.
7. October is the 10th month but is named for the eight month from the Latin meaning eight.
8.October's birth flower is calendula, a pot marigold.
9. The best Butternut Squash Soup is a top Google search in October.
10. October's birthstones are opal and tourmaline.
10 Ways to Celebrate October
- Rake leaves and then jump in them
- Create October food traditions by making caramel and/or candy apples, apple butter, popcorn balls or pumpkin pie
- Take a long weekend trip that centers around leaf peeping in your area
- Decorate the house with autumn colors, use natural decorations with leaves, acorns, pumpkins and gourds
- Buy multi-colored mums and share with your neighbors
- Attend a haunted tour of your city
- Pick the perfect pumpkin from a local farm
- Throw an all out Halloween party with decorations and themed foods
- Take the kids on a haunted hay ride
"The clump of maples on the hill,
And this one near the door,
Seem redder, quite a lot, this year
Than last, or year before;
I wonder if it's just because
I love the old state more!"— David L. Cady
- Fun Vintage Halloween Diecuts
Vintage die cuts with the Halloween theme are popular with collectors of Halloween and paper ephemera. Diecuts can cost from a low of five dollars to a high of hundreds of dollars depending on rarity
- Hot Spiced Cider
Autumn brings cooler nights and this easy cinnamon spicy warm apple cider recipe. Make your gathering even more special by serving it with a fixings bar so that guests can create their favorite drink.
- Haunted Colorado Springs
Is Colorado Springs haunted? Founded in 1871 this once rich city was nicknamed Little London for all of its beauty and opulence...Gold mines close to the city brought miners and millionaires alike
"The scarlet of maples can shake me like a cry
Of bugles going by.
And my lonely spirit thrills
to see the frosty asters like smoke
upon the hills."...
- William Bliss Carman
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