Monday, September 24, 2007
Fall Family Traditions
The first day of fall has arrived! The change of seasons brings a promise of change and making things new. Both my husband and I never really celebrated this season until we were older with our own children, we wanted to make joyful memories for our family. I have been skimming through a book called 'Family Traditions' and enjoy reading what others have established as memories and traditions in their families.
We don't do anything really fancy, but there are some things we really do enjoy, some we do every year and others that we are making as new traditions. I like the idea of adding on new things every year.
Here are some things are family likes to do in the fall:
--We host a Harvest Party! We have pumpkin races, hay bale jumping, wood splitting, a bonfire with story-telling, corn shucking, pie contest and games, etc. My kids can't wait to have it this year. We usually serve hot cider and cocoa (of course) with chili, cornbread, pumpkin pie, taffy apples--it is a potluck event so people try to bring something with a fall flavor. Some dress up as cowboys and cowgirls. You can view some pictures here.
--My children love when the leaves fall in our backyard because this means it is time to get a rake and run through it. By doing this they create something similar to paths and all the children spend hours just running through this maze-like creation.
--We visit our apple orchard completely stocked with farm animals to ooh and aah over.
--We consume many pots of creamy soups and simmering stews. We have been known to try our hand at taffy apples--this year my daughter already baked a yummy fresh apple crisp. My son is dying for the first fall pumpkin pie.
--We visit different fall festivals. We just visited one that was free and the children were able to make corncob dolls, fresh bricks from clay, dip their own candles, walk on stilts, play in hay and the like. One had team pumpkin catapulting into a small lake. Another event we visit is very elaborate where everyone is dressed in period called the Feast of the Hunters Moon. They have battle reenactments, drum and fife, shoot cannon balls, food cooked out on the fire, and much more. I highly recommend this one!
--We listen to lots of Turkey in the Straw and square dancing music.
--We have dear friends who host a Thanksgiving Reenactment annually. Everyone dresses in pilgrim or Indian costumes and there we get to enjoy hayrides, an exciting historical skit performance, hatchet throwing, log rolling, bow and arrow, crafts of the time, period food and much more. We are really blessed to have friends who enjoy doing this! They even have allowed us to sample deer cooked on a bonfire.
--We print out coloring pages of pumpkins and color to our hearts content.
--I love the trip to the farmers market to pick up pumpkins, mums, gourds and hay bales.
--My husband would like to make a drive out to somewhere that has a beautiful landscape of fall trees in our area, suggestions anyone? I've heard Michigan has a pretty display.
What traditions do you celebrate in the fall?---We would love to hear you share your traditions or ideas!