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I like Christmas. I like knitting scarves. The rest of it? No thanks.
But I love the fall. The colors and smells, the foods and activities...
Give me orange and red trees, acorns underfoot. Hay and corn and pumpkins and apples. Cider donuts, pumpkin-spiced everything. Maize mazes. Fairs, with oysters or sausage or seasonal beer or funnel cake and popcorn. Petting zoos, with goats and cows and turtles and alpacas. Artisans pushing their wares, jellies and jewelry and everything in between.
Jeans and boots and a t shirt and a cardigan, with a warm jacket after dark. Maybe a scarf.
It's what I think early-winter holidays are supposed to be: celebrations of light and abundance, before everything gets dark and miserable. But between now and Christmas, you watch: we'll already have had a storm, and cold-and-flu season will be in effect, and the joy of finding the perfect gift will just mask the fact that, sorry: it'll already be dark and miserable.
But now? Today? I'll embrace the last of the sun, and the last of the leaves, and the last of the fruits, and the last of the festivals.
What's your favorite season?