Its that time of the year again...
Fall! Pumpkin pie spice, patches, cornstalks, turning leaves, fresh-baked pies, football and of course the new Fall TV schedule are just some obvious signs of the most favorite season of the year for many. There is no doubt of the growing love and obsession of these 3 months of the year, the signs are all over Social Media sites. Puppy dogs rolling in fall leaves, images of the first wearing of comfy-sweaters and leggings mixed with pictures of fallen-foliage laden paths with people taking brisk walks in the crisp air fill these sites where everyone is pictured sipping their pumpkin-spiced lattes.
Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
― Albert Camus
It is also time to usher in the quintessential Autumn flower; Chrysanthemums. Bronze, gold, purple, russet, saffron and scarlet are the saturated colors that are the accepted intense blendings of the season. Though they are available all year, in every color and in a variety of styles, natural and dyed, it is during the Autumnal months that these rich, vibrant colors of the ‘mum’ come to life. It is these flowers that often bring back some of the strongest memories of the season. Whether in a cool, crisp environment or a tropical climate, mums evoke the feelings of Fall.
Fall colors are funny. They’re so bright and intense and beautiful. It’s like nature is trying to fill you up with color, to saturate you so you can stockpile it before winter turns everything muted and dreary.
― Siobhan Vivian, Same Difference
These emotional ties to our recollections of personal and family shared activities like Oktoberfest, Halloween and Thanksgiving are the perfect combination of memories that evoke that special warm and cuddly feeling of that ‘time-of-year’. According to Dr. Ben-Shahar Tal, Harvard grad and multiple-book author, who specializes in positive psychology, “As far as we know, there’s nothing inherent in autumn that makes it a happier season. However, when people inject meaning into it, then it can become a happier season,” Dr. Ben stated. “So if I choose to focus on how wonderful the apple pie, pumpkins, and leaves are, and romanticize these things, then I’m more likely to enjoy the season. Much of what we experience in life depends on the meaning or interpretation we give to it.”
… and not to forget a few other warm and cozy feelings:
Pumpkin Ice Cream
Pumpkin Spice Candles
Pumpkin Spice Latte
Pumpkin Pie Spice