I love Autumn, in fact I would say that it is my favorite season. I love the scent during the cool crisp days, the sound of leaves crunching underfoot and seeing the leaves turn into beautiful hues of yellow, orange and red. Autumn is the perfect time to share traditions with your family.
Family traditions are important because they build memories that will last a lifetime and create a unique, strong bond with our forever friends - our families. Fall traditions are the perfect way to spend fun, quality time together. Starting your own Fall traditions is easier than you may think. Most of these traditions can be done on a budget and in an Eco friendly manner.
Here are some of my favorites:
1. Organic Apple Orchard or Pumpkin Patch Visit and Lunch: A visit to your local apple orchard or pumpkin patch is an activity that everyone in your family is sure to enjoy, regardless of their age. Make sure to pack a picnic lunch to enjoy while you lounge on a blanket at the farm. When you get home, spend time together making caramel apples or carving your bounty of pumpkins.
2. Make it a Corn Maze and Hayride Day: What family wouldn't bond -working together to find your way through a Corn Maze? Better yet, by snuggling together under a blanket with a thermos of apple cider on a hayride. It is the simple activities that your child will cherish the most. And you can usually find both a corn maze and a hayride at your local Autumn festivals.
3. Take a Family Hike or Bike: Fall is the perfect time to pull out your hiking boots or take the bicycles out of the garage. Nothing is more fun than spending time together as a family in nature. Take your time and really soak up the changes the environment is making this time of year. And don't forget to grab your camera and nature journal on the way out the door.
4. Stuff a Scarecrow: Grab some of Dad's old overalls and a flannel shirt to create a scarecrow for your family garden. Your children will enjoy stuffing the clothing and drawing a face on the burlap sack. You get a fun and unique decoration for your yard that will last through Thanksgiving.
5. Dim the Lights and Tell Spooky Stories: This tradition has been a favorite in my home since my son was a toddler. Each night before bed, we turn off all of the lights, light candles and take turns telling or reading spooky stories. This is an activity that can be adjusted for the age of your children and is an activity that older children find especially fun.
6. It's For the Birds: People of all ages enjoy watching birds, why not make it a fall family tradition. Make a simple hanging bird feeder, using a pine cone, peanut butter and bird seed. Then hang it on a tree outside your living room window. Give each person in your family their own set of binoculars and a notebook to record what they see. Enjoy your local birds together before they fly south for the winter.
Does your family have Fall traditions?
Which are your favorites?
Photo Credits: Apple Orchard, Corn Maze, Fall Hike, Scarecrow, Spooky Shadow, Bird.
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