Remember what the world was like before Christmas swallowed all of December, then Thanksgiving and eventually the whole of November? Remember what the world was like before Halloween gobbled up not only October but September as well?
Look, I’m all about Halloween. Figuring out the kid’s costumes for Halloween is like 3rd on my list of yearly priorities. But I love fall, too! And while no one could be one-er with Yuletide than I, I admit that miss Thanksgiving.
In an effort to extricate some kind of fall from the clutches of Halloween, we have taken to putting out fall decorations on or about the first of September and declaring fall in our house. Is it sometimes still 90 degrees and cruelly humid out? Yes. Do I care that I have out colored leaves before any of the trees have turned? No. No, I do not.
This year, we had the neighbor kids over on September 3rd to put up our fall stuff, burn Autumn Wreath candles from Yankee Candle, eat homemade pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, and fashion a jam hat on homemade raspberry jam to take home. And I played Trick-or-Treat make believe with the kids who didn’t get the memo that Halloween was not invited to this fall festival.
That evening I got the following text from the neighbor’s mom:
Thank you so so much for the jam! You are truly amazing with all that you do! ___ came home and asked why I don’t make things like that and how come I’m not an Opera singer. Lol!
Yes! Still fooling someone. Boo-yah!
(No, no. ”Boo-yah” is trying to hard and dated by now. A simple “Oh, yeah!” will suffice, and you can live on it quietly for the rest of the week.)