A Tribute to Autumn
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.