As the leaves are changing colors and pumpkins are everywhere, it’s the perfect time to celebrate fall. Fall traditions bring families and friends together as they create memories in this new month and season.
Fall has been my favorite season since I was a little girl. I remember Thanksgiving dinners with both sets of grandparents and our favorite foods (my grandmother even made a tiny fruit salad without coconut just for me!) I remember raking leaves and jumping in the huge piles with my six siblings. I remember my Dad taking us to the local orchard on Sunday afternoons and drinking the best apple cider! These traditions created wonderful lasting memories for me. They gave me ideas of how to celebrate fall with my own family.
Now that my daughters are grown and live in two different states, we still enjoy creating memories whether together or apart. Here are a few ways to enjoy this season.
Some Traditions to Create Memories This Fall:
- I have a hutch that’s been in my home since my girls were young and love to decorate it for each season or holiday. I kept some of their childhood crafts and place them among the items I’ve purchased over the years. Decorating is not only festive, but it’s fun to do! Let your kids help by displaying their leaf rubbings in a prominent place. Give them paint or markers to decorate small pumpkins and gourds to put on the mantle. Gather acorns and pinecones and fill glass jars or baskets and place around your home. This is also a fun activity to do with your girlfriends. Get out your autumn décor and let them loose – you’ll love seeing your things used in new ways!
- Plan a Mother/Daughter/DIL craft day and make fall wreaths or other decorations together. Check out your local craft store or Pinterest for great ideas!
- Of course, carving pumpkins is fun at any age. And every house needs a jack-o-lantern this season. Begin a new tradition and host a Carving Party. Provide markers, paper, glitter and other decorating supplies. Ask family and friends to bring their own pumpkins and a snack to share. If little ones are involved, make sure they have adult supervision with any sharp tools. Be sure to take pictures – this is a memory that needs to be photographed!
- The possibilities are endless to gather your family and/or friends together during the fall season. Host a chili cook-off and taste different recipes and toppings. Or plan a Soup and Salad night with your girlfriends. Fall is the perfect time of year for warm food and great company!
- Are you ready for some football?! Invite people over to watch and cheer on your favorite team. Ask everyone to bring his or her favorite appetizer to share. Just watch out if you invite opposing fans to the party!
- Cooler weather tends to bring everyone indoors, which is the perfect time for Game Night. This tradition is great for all ages. Even your teenagers will enjoy inviting their friends over for a rousing night of pizza and games. Or maybe you have a movie night. A great way to spend a chilly fall evening is indoors with the people you love!
- Mail fall crafts created by your children to grandparents or special friends. Not only will you fill their refrigerators, you’ll fill their hearts!
- I love to take fall walks with my kids, friends or even by myself. I love to watch the leaves change colors and take in all the sights and smells of autumn. When I’m alone on these walks, it’s such a great time to pray and thank God for His beautiful fall creations!
- Mail a fall or Thanksgiving gift to out-of-town family members. This tradition started when my girls were away at college and has kept going. They look forward to their package that arrives on the first day of fall and I look forward to mailing it!
- Rake leaves for an elderly neighbor or a single Mom at your church who is pressed for time. What a great way to spread love while enjoying a beautiful fall day!
- I loved serving Thanksgiving meals with our girls when they were younger. It was one of our favorite traditions. Check out places in your community and volunteer to cook or deliver meals to others. Or maybe your family decides to save money by giving up something and using those funds to give a grocery gift card to someone who could use the extra help this year. Be a blessing this fall!
- Fall weather means colder weather. Donate gently used coats and boots to a local shelter, school or church. Have a family meeting and brainstorm ways to serve those in your community that could use your help this year.
Fall is a great time to make memories. Some of the best traditions begin with decorating, gathering, connecting and serving with family, friends and even strangers! I know you have lots of great ideas of traditions to try this fall. Please leave you suggestions in the comment section below.