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A Tribute to Autumn

Updated on September 30, 2015
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Autumn is my favorite season. Some people get depressed when the sunny days of summer are over, but, for some reason, it has the opposite effect on me. I look forward to it every year.

Ten Reasons Why Autumn is the Best Season

-The colored leaves. Venture outside during autumn and you will see a smorgasbord of colors – red, yellow, and orange are among the most common. Trees that are green (or empty of leaves) the rest of the year transform into stunning rainbows.

-The crisp air. The air outside just feels different during autumn. It’s cool, fresh and nippy. In my mind, this represents an improvement over the hot, arid summertime.

-Halloween. Although it’s never as much fun as an adult as it was as a kid (same with most holidays), Halloween is still one of my favorite holiday seasons. The deliciously creepy atmosphere cannot be matched. Jack-o-lanterns grin menacingly on front porches and plastic skeletons hang from tree branches. Horror movies are plentiful on television and in theaters. People dress up as scary monsters and indulge in candy that they would normally avoid. There are hay rides, corn mazes, and haunted houses to visit.

-Football season. My favorite sport returns in September. As we head deeper into the fall, the games grow more intense and significant as teams fight for playoff and bowl berths.

-Apple pie and apple cider. I suppose you could eat these foods at any time of the year, but they are most popular in the fall. Somehow, they just seem more appealing. It probably has something to do with the crisp air and cold weather. Besides, who wants to drink cider when it’s hot out?

-Thanksgiving. Although it sometimes gets overshadowed by being sandwiched between Halloween and Christmas, Thanksgiving is another holiday worth remembering. Who can resist stuffing themselves with pumpkin pie, turkey, dinner rolls, and whatever else you and your relatives bring?

-The beginning of Christmas season. Although Christmas is in early winter, the buildup to it starts much earlier these days (too early, in fact, but that's a topic for another article). Although Christmas Day is fun, the buildup to it is usually the best, and most of that takes place in autumn. Although Halloween and Christmas are polar opposites in style, they do have something in common. Like Halloween, Christmas has a tremendous atmosphere – bright lights, reindeer, nutcrackers, Christmas trees decorated with ornaments, and (like Halloween) enough candy to make you gain twenty pounds if you’re not careful.

-Cooler weather. Give me a cold day where I have to dress warm over a hot day where I’m drenched in sweat even in shorts and a t-shirt any time. Also, it’s not as cold as it gets in winter, so there’s a nice balance between the two extremes.

-Shorter days, longer nights. I’m a night owl. I like to sleep in and stay up late. I tend to be sluggish in the morning and energized at night, so I like this aspect of autumn too.

-Pumpkins. Whether it’s visiting a pumpkin patch, carving a jack-o-lantern, or eating pumpkin pie, pumpkins play a vital role in many peoples' autumn routines.



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      nanderson500 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Autumn is here again! Always love this time of year!

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      nanderson500 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Thank you! This is definitely my favorite time of year. The atmosphere is great.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I also love autumn..maybe because I am an October baby. You have some lovely photos here...and there is just something special about this time of year...It just doesn' last long enough. My son lives in Seattle also...Magnolia. Lovely hub and voted UP.

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      nanderson500 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Yes, that would be nice! Thanks for commenting unknown spy.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Oh your hub really makes me wish I could spend time with Autumn. How wonderful would that be.

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      Leroy Brown 4 years ago from Lafayette Orgon

      Yeah if you believe in listening to people who "predict" the weather LOL

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      gardengirlwest 4 years ago

      Great article! Another Autumn favorite is windy days. You can tell I don't live in Chicago.

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      nanderson500 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Yeah that makes sense.

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      Leroy Brown 4 years ago from Lafayette Orgon

      Well that's what's getting the blame. Trees have their leaves change color and go dormant for one of two reasons. The days get shorter which is the normal reason. Or a lack of moisture. The ones I'm seeing are in parking lots ringed by asphalt. So it makes sense to me

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      nanderson500 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      MelChi - Thank you! Glad you liked it! I guess in South Africa you are now heading into the springtime though since it's in the southern hemisphere, right? Oh well, Autumn will come around again before you know it!

      Photoshark - That's interesting about the leaves changing earlier due to it being dry. I hadn't heard that before.

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      Leroy Brown 4 years ago from Lafayette Orgon

      I've got some fall shoots up from the last two years. Couple of hubs. This one is good! I heard down here it's because it's been so dry that we have the early colors changing. Not sure how they figured that one out. We had record rain into the middle of February of this year?

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      I'm with you there, Autumn is also my favourite season out of the whole year. In my opinion it is the most beautiful. I love seeing the red and orange leaves falling from the trees, breathing in the crisp air and enjoying the foods you've mentioned in your hub.

      Great job on paying tribute to Autumn! :)

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      nanderson500 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Yeah they started changing in August up here. Yeah it is strange. I guess nature got impatient. :-)

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      Leroy Brown 4 years ago from Lafayette Orgon

      Seattle. I love just outside of Portland. And the leaves her started changing at the end of July. Which I find very strange

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      nanderson500 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Thanks Michelle! Yeah I was walking my dog today admiring the colored leaves.

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      Michelle Taylor 4 years ago from New Jersey

      I agree 100%. Autumn is the best. I started grinning like an idiot today driving to work, looking at the leaves starting to change colors :-)

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      nanderson500 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      The Seattle area

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      Leroy Brown 4 years ago from Lafayette Orgon

      Where do you live?