This Saturday, the Sun will cross the celestial equator, moving in a southward direction, and this will mark the Autumnal Equinox, otherwise known as the first day of fall. While for some, the beginning of autumn means the melancholy end of warm weather and long afternoons, there are plenty of reasons (and ways) to celebrate the change of the season. Here are some ideas to help you celebrate the first days of fall in style.
Go apple picking with loved ones
Apple picking may be the quintessential autumnal activity, and there is no reason you should wait until fall is well underway to head out to the orchard. In fact, now may be the best time for this activity, as the apple season draws to a close around the end of October. The time is ripe to gather together some friends or family and go to an apple orchard. When you're all finished, bring the apples home and make some delicious fall treats. You can turn them into cider, bake them in a crisp, or simply cut them up and serve them with peanut butter or a few slices of sharp cheddar cheese. And while you're at it, give yourself a pat on the back - apples are very nutritious, and an excellent way to bolster your healthy senior living.
Have a harvest feast
While we're on the subject of food, apples aren't the only delicious ingredient you can incorporate this time of year. Squash, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, nutmeg and cinnamon are all foods and spices that you'll probably end up craving at one point or another this season, so why not enjoy them all at once? Invite friends and family over to your retirement community for a fall feast, complete with all your favorite autumn dishes. Looking for some recipe ideas? Keep an eye on our Senior Eats blog, as we'll be hosting some of our personal seasonal goodies that will warm your heart and soul at friend and family gatherings.
Plan some leaf viewing
The leaves may not be changing quite yet, but before you know it, the annual arboreal display of colors will be well underway. Now's the time to plan a trip with loved ones to your favorite leaf viewing spots. You can bring the whole family, or plan a romantic trip with your significant other. Not to mention, getting outside in the crisp fall air and walking around, gazing at leaves, is a great way to keep active during these next few months.
Listen to some holiday music
The holidays may still be several months away, but who says you can't get into the spirit a bit early? Part of the reason we love the holidays so much is the anticipation of the season, so go ahead and stretch that excitement into September and October. While you're changing out your decorations or doing some "fall cleaning," blast your favorite carols and seasonal tunes.