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Say goodbye to Summer and welcome Fall

Fall scene with pumpkins

There’s a chill in the air, leaves are turning from green to crimson, and pumpkins adorn every front porch you pass. Autumn is officially here. If you’re anxious to bid farewell to summer but are struggling to get into the fall spirit, don’t give up too fast. Below are five simple ways to embrace fall.

1. Carve a pumpkin

Pumpkins are the quintessential autumn decoration. They’re inexpensive, and you can find a good one no matter where you live. If you have young children who want to participate or if your carving skills aren’t up to snuff, try decorating a pumpkin with paint, stickers, or glitter. The possibilities are endless.

2. Build a fire

Nothing embodies the comfort of fall like a cozy fire. Grab a good book, a warm blanket, and your favorite beverage, and spend a quiet fall evening next to a fire. Bummed that you don’t have a fireplace? Gather some of your closest friends and build an outdoor bonfire. You’ll surely earn bonus points by supplying graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows for making s’mores!

3. Go apple picking

Few things in life are as delicious as seasonal produce, and apples directly from the source are no exception. If you live where orchards are abundant, be sure to pick your own apples before the season has passed. If apples don’t grow in your neck of the woods, visit a “you pick” farm. Autumn squash, beans, and root vegetables are perfect this time of year.

4. Bake something warm and delicious

Whether you fancy pumpkin pie, pear cobbler, or an apple crisp, try baking a fall-inspired dessert. To fully embody the season, be sure to use ample warming spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves. If you lack a sweet tooth, there are plenty of savory options, too. Sage and rosemary will take your entrées to the next level.

5. Run (or walk) a race

Fall is the perfect time to run a race; the humidity of summer has vanished, yet the sting of Old Man Winter hasn’t arrived. Most cities have an abundance of beginner to advanced races to choose from including the Thanksgiving-inspired “turkey trot, which is fun for all ages.

As you can see, there is plenty to do now that fall has arrived. Take advantage of seasonal produce and ingredients, and be sure to enjoy the weather before winter forces you indoors. Above all, make sure you enjoy the many pleasures of autumn with friends and family.

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