If you read my Fall to-do list a few weeks back, you may have picked up on some of my favorite traditions to carry out during this season like visiting the pumpkin patch, getting spooked at a haunted house, gathering around the table for Thanksgiving in Pennsylvania, and people-watching with my Mom before the sun comes up on Black Friday. Although my parents have been separated since I can remember walking, we have always held true to our traditions year-round. Throughout the past 4 years, since Sam and I began dating, we have gradually formed a number of our own yearly traditions. Nevertheless, I still get a little giddy when I can introduce him to something entirely new that I remember doing each year as a kid.
I'll be honest here, at the beginning of the season, I was feeling a little down because it had finally dawned on me that this would be the very first year since the kids (my niece and nephew) were born that we would be spending the entirety of the holidays apart. My sister recently moved back to Arizona and I knew that they wouldn't be visiting Maryland again until after Christmas. Thankfully, about a week or so ago, Amanda surprised us with news that plans had unexpectedly changed which meant that she would be able to take an extended visit to Maryland. She showed up 3 days later and our family couldn't be more excited to carry out our Fall traditions all together once again.
This past weekend, we all visited the pumpkin patch together which happens to be my personal favorite tradition each year. The kids were particularly goofy and thrilled to be leaping simultaneously from the large heaps of hay stacked at the entrance. With my sister, Samantha, Sam, and my parents all running to catch them before they hit the ground, giggling and wearing themselves out, I caught their young, happy faces on camera.
I've always been fascinated with the variation in how people celebrate different holidays and seasons whether individually, with friends, or as a family. I would love to hear about how you celebrate the holidays and if you have any Fall traditions that you carry out each year or are looking forward to starting for the first time this year.
Tell me about it in the comments below!
Until next time,
XO Anna Elizabeth
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