Fall: It’s the most wonderful time of the year. The weather starts to cool down, the leaves start to change, pumpkin is no longer MIA and plaid comes out to play. Another great thing about fall is that everyone’s favorite holidays are lining up in assembly-like fashion just waiting to be celebrated. We’ve got Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years and everything in between. But what happens when they don’t wait in line? What ever happened to the “no cutsies” rule? Every year Christmas gets the spotlight, leaving Thanksgiving and Halloween in the dust. I’m here to fight for the rights of those holidays that are carelessly skipped over when the Fall and Winter transition comes our way.
Now forgive me because this is a little bit of a rant, but don’t pretend like you don’t feel the same way. I walked into Michaels the other day for Halloween decorations and I noticed, out of the corner of my eye, A SNOWMAN. And not just any snowman, but a snowman wearing a Santa hat. This just seemed like a blatant “eff you” to Halloween and Thanksgiving. We get it. Christmas is fun, snow is fun, and Santa seems like a swell guy, but news flash! It isn’t even Halloween yet. How are we skipping over every single holiday between now and Christmas? Here’s a definitive list of why the fall holidays—namely, Halloween and Thanksgiving—are the greatest holidays and deserve way more respect than they get.
You get to dress up.
Everyone loves dressing up! That’s why Greek life has themed socials throughout the entire year. We are so anxious to play dress up, but when the official dress up holiday makes its grand entrance, we’re all too quick to skip right over it. Shame, shame.
It’s the catalyst of Pumpkin Season.
Pumpkin pie, pumpkin patches, PUMPKIN SPICE LATTES? While I’m not a total supporter of all things pumpkin—Trader Joe’s Pumpkin O’s cereal might be taking it a little far—it is undeniable that pumpkins make people happy. You can now take pictures in a pumpkin patch wearing a plaid button down, drinking your PSL and having a “totally candid moment” laughing with your friends with little to no judgment. Let your fall flag fly! Ignore the haters because they’re all just jealous of your fall spirit.
The weather starts to change.
While everyone is complaining about sweating on their walk to class during the summer and crying about their frozen fingers and toes during the winter, we forget to appreciate the beauty that is fall. It’s chilly in the morning, warm in the afternoon and cool at night. If you’re an outdoor exerciser, you don’t need to wake up at the crack of dawn to avoid a heat stroke anymore! You can exercise whenever and it’s almost guaranteed to be nice.
Everyone just seems happier.
Warning: feels ahead. We are steadily approaching that time of year when people come together and really appreciate what they have. Thanksgiving in my household is a big deal, with family from all over the country travelling to Florida just to bask in each other’s company. It gives us an excuse to see each other, which is something that isn’t done nearly often enough. Shout out to my mom for throwing a killer Thanksgiving dinner every year, even that year that ended with a hospital trip.
Go make some memories because fall is the time to get together with your loved ones and celebrate life. Don’t be so quick to skip these holidays; live in the moment and appreciate what’s here now.