Seeing the Leaves-the only view as beautiful as when all the leaves turn is when all the leaves are at their peak of green.
Shooting/Hunting-fall means hunting seasons in my family. Not so much for me since I now don't have residency in the state I live, but I make up for it by shooting every year. Sometimes a little, sometimes a lot.
Watching Sports-the weeks leading up to the start of the NBA season are a joyful time in the Lee household. And this year I was invited into the exclusive Lee fantasy sports league, so lets see how much I still don't know.
Thanksgiving Games-one year my mom realized that after eating Thanksgiving dinner nobody wants to move. We would all spread throughout the house, reading a book, taking a nap, watching a movie, or whatever else we felt like and just hang out. So now, we all help put everything away as fast as we can and sit around the table to play games. Still sitting, most of the time still snacking, but we love the time we get to spend together.
Breathing the Cold Air-call me crazy, but it is a big deal to me when I step out of my house and feel the freezing air for the first time. I love it. It brings back so many emotions and memories. Talk to me in a month and I probably won't love it as much.
November/December Movies-the movies that want to win an award start coming out soon. I love it. Don't get me wrong, I love a good blockbuster as much as anyone, but a good smart, critically acclaimed movie brings me joy. I like to end a movie feeling how I do after a good book, like I have been told an amazing story that I can get invested in. And yes, we already have our tickets to an advanced showing of Interstellar at the IMAX. Thursday cannot come fast enough.
Reading-Thanksgiving and Christmas break from school mean I set a goal to see how many books I can read. Last year I reread the final few Harry Potter books. The year before I cried over The Book Thief. We will see what happens this year.
Running Indoors-eventually it gets too cold and icy to run outside anymore so we head to the gym to use the treadmills. Those first few days are amazing, I feel like I can run forever! Then spring comes and we transition back to outdoor running and I remember that treadmills make it so much easier. But man, that first week is motivating.
Getting Together with Friends: shifting to indoor activities means people start to socialize more intimately. I love having people over for dinner, going to an event, going to dinner, all those things that happen around the holidays when people feel sentimental.
Celebrating with Brett-both our birthdays and our anniversary fall between September and December. I like that all these events are spread pretty evenly over the time, especially when you throw in holidays, but I also like that it breeds four whole months of gratitude for each other.
So there it is, my list of 10 reasons why I love fall and the holidays. What are some of the things you would put on your list? Let me know, I am always open to adding great traditions and activities to my lists.