The Top 10 Reasons Fall is the Best Season


This week, the early morning temperatures dropped down into the low fifties, inspiring me to write about my favorite season of the year.  Here, in no particular order, are a few of my favorite things about autumn.

1. A warm, cozy sweater on a crisp morning. Smelling the bite of frost in the air. Sitting on the porch, drinking a steaming beverage: hot tea,  hot chocolate, apple cider, or chai. Better yet, Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spiced Latte.

Fall leaves by a stream. My mother took this photo when she stopped in Virginia on her way to visit us in Georgia.

Fall leaves by a stream. My mother took this photo when she stopped in Virginia on her way to visit us in Georgia.

2. Hunkering down, curling up. A sense of retreat and quietude.

3. The fall afternoons where the chill burns off and it gets warm—just enough so the kids still need long-sleeved t-shirts to run around outside. Wrapping a hand-knit scarf around my neck when I go for a walk. The smell of burning leaves outside as the shadows lengthen and the sun sets a little earlier each evening.

4. Fall festivals: crafts, fried dough, pumpkin painting, candy apples, making scarecrows.

5. Happy anticipation of the upcoming holiday season, but  nothing stressful just yet. Thinking ahead, planning holiday menus, buying airline tickets.  Maybe pick up an early gift or two… if I feel like it.

6. The colors of fall— the spectacle of leaves changing on the trees, bright orange pumpkins and yellow mums on folks’ doorsteps . Bales of hay and homemade scarecrows on the lawns.

7. Bubble baths, completely  justified.

8. Time for comfort food: baked casseroles, mac and cheese, pancakes, soups and stews. Spice cakes, applesauce cakes, coffee cakes, carrot cakes. Halloween cupcakes made to look like spiders.

Saturday morning soccer games

Saturday morning soccer games

9. October being breast cancer awareness month—pink everywhere.  Remembrances of loved ones. Celebrations of survivors.

10. Saturday morning kids’ soccer and fall baseball games. Being out at the fields, early morning golden sunshine, a thermos of coffee in my hand as I sit on the bleachers.

What are your favorite things about fall? Add to my list with your comments below.




  1. ctmom says

    i love the leaves at this time of year, too. raking leaves, taking great pictures of my kids jumping in the huge piles and the smell of burning leaves (although there isn’t much of that anymore with pollution awareness).

  2. Kristin Girard says

    I just remembered two more things to add. First is the bright pink cheeks my kids have when they play outside- my memere who passed away last month used to always comment on how she loved our pink cheeks when we came in from the cool weather. Also, fall is the end of mosquito season!

    Joyce, peanut boils sound yummy. I will try to find some this fall. Is it festival food?

    Bonnie, I am so happy you’ re enjoying the football season! They won last weekend, right?

  3. Joyce Beverly says

    Peanut boils, a rather exotic and Southern fall thing. I wouldn’t expect many people to know about those but they should definitely make this list.

  4. Bonnie Helander says

    Hi Kristin: I love the fall the best as well but you missed the biggest reason to love this season — COLLEGE FOOTBALL!!! Nothing better than a fall day in Athens watching the Dawgs. (Unless they lose of course!) Am enjoying your blog.

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