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5 Favorite Fall Traditions

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5 Favorite Fall Traditions

Saturday marked the start of the Autumnal Equinox, AKA the first day of fall. Just a few weeks ago, with summer ending, I wrote about some summer traditions that I wanted to squeeze in before the seasons changed.

However, with the temperature soaring over 90 degrees here in southern California for the past several weeks, and with little relief in sight, it seems that summer is here indefinitely.

And, while it has been unseasonably hot, the official changing of the season reminds me how much I love fall. So, I thought reminding myself of the things I love to do in the fall will help me get through the heat wave and ready for when the weather does cool off.

Here are some of my favorite and festive ways to greet fall:

  • First, in spite of the heat, I am going to do what I usually do: decorate the house for fall. I use natural items like leaves, pinecones, pumpkins, and gourds to get me in the spirit.† Sometimes I use these items to create an autumn wreath. But most of the time, I make a simple yet colorful decoration by filling a basket or bowl with various decorative gourds, different varieties (and colors) of corn, cornhusks, mini-pumpkins, and other hard-shelled squash.

To make the decorating more enjoyable and to really get in a festive mood (and to get some help), have a fall and/or Halloween decorating party. Serve some fresh apple cider using the seasonís first apples.


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Judi Gerber

Judi Gerber is a University of California Master Gardener with a certificate in Horticultural Therapy. She writes about sustainable farming, local foods, and organic gardening for multiple magazines. Her book Farming in Torrance and the South Bay was released in September 2008.


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4:37AM PST on Jan 19, 2014


4:33AM PST on Jan 19, 2014

thank you for sharing

12:58PM PST on Jan 11, 2013

Thank you Judi, for Sharing this!

3:31PM PDT on Nov 3, 2012

Fall is a very fun time of year!

6:14AM PDT on Oct 20, 2012

Thanks for these wonderful Autumn ideas, inspiring - all to try.

8:35AM PDT on Oct 18, 2012

Corn mazes are fun!

2:53AM PDT on Oct 18, 2012


5:02PM PDT on Sep 30, 2012

fall is very colorfula nd beautiful.....our big fall thing is apple-picking at a local farm (pumpkins, too, if our home garden doesn't grow them well).....

2:25AM PDT on Sep 26, 2012

I've picked the last of the beans and marrows. For the last eleven years we've helped out at our CAMRA beer and cider festival, which is held at the local cricket club, during the last weekend in September. Otherwise, what I do is put the thicker curtains up. (Temperature today in our living room is 18.1c)

6:11PM PDT on Sep 25, 2012

Going to a Cider Mill with my daughter for cider cooked hot dogs and other apple related goodies!

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I'm saving these---yum!

Some nice ideas thanks for sharing

Winter Hat Ornament:

well ymmm!


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