On Wednesday 23 September it’s the fall equinox. This is where fall officially starts. The days are getting colder, the nights are getting longer, and the warm, balmy days of summer are now officially over.
The cold weather affects our mood. If you have recently moved to a new country and you have left family members back home, chances are you’ll be missing them more now that there weather has become glum.
To lift your spirits, and to plead a case for fall as an awesome season, we have found a few ways in which you can make your fall more fun, as well as reasons why fall is wonderful too. Share these with your children, with your spouse, or enjoy them on your own. They are sure to lift your spirits.
Go apple picking
Fall is the season for apple picking, so if you live in a city where apples are farmed, this is wonderful activity for all members of the family. There’s nothing as delicious as an apple picked fresh off the tree.
Get excited for Halloween
If you recently moved to the United States, and you haven’t experienced Halloween in this country, then you’re in for a treat. Americans go all out. So get into the spirit, take the kids to go Trick or Treat, dress up, have a party, and carve out a pumpkin.
Go for a hike
Fall is the most colorful season of the year. The leaves turn all kinds of different colors of red, orange and brown, and certain plants only flower during this time. Grab the family and go for a hike in your local nature reserve or park. The sun won’t be scorching you and you’ll get to know a different side to your new state or neighborhood.
Fall is the best season to plant bulbs if you want them to flower next spring. If you really hate the cold weather then this is a great way to remind yourself that spring will return again. This is also a great way to teach the kids about gardening and the different seasons.
Go shopping for sweaters
There’s nothing as relaxing as curling up with a steaming mug of hot chocolate on a cold night while wearing a thick, oversized sweater. If you recently immigrated, you might only have the essential clothing items with you, so the start of fall is a great time to go shopping for that cozy sweater. Make this a special memory as the first sweaters you bought in your new country.
Spiced pumpkin lattes
This is a Starbucks specialty, so if you recently moved to the United States then you’re in for a treat. Starbucks only makes these special drinks during special times of the year, so be sure to remember the first time you had a Starbucks Spiced Pumpkin Latte in America.
A fun activity for the kids could be to visit the local park, collect brightly colored leaves and press them to use on Christmas cards, for bookmarks or to make an artwork.
Volunteer at a soup kitchen
As the cold sets in, many homeless and poor people enter a very difficult time of the year. Volunteer a day in the weekend at a soup kitchen to help the less fortunate survive the cold weather.
Summer is usually a season for loads of activities and events. Make fall a season for slowing down and catching up. Spend quality time with the family that have immigrated with you, instating an offline day where you don’t use computers, tablets or cellphones and just spend some quality time together.
If you have family members back home, make fall a season for truly catching up. Have that long overdue Skype call where the entire family is present and you talk about more than just the usual practicalities and recent events. Make sure that your family back home is good with money. It is so easy to transfer money across international borders that there is no reason why you shouldn’t support them in this way should they need it.
We so easily get caught up in our day-to-day lives that we forget to have a proper conversation with each other every now and then. Make the fall equinox your signal for catching up with all the aspects of each other’s lives.