Contributed by: Arleen Kaptur
Autumn - marks the beginning of a whirlwind of activities as the Holiday Season begins - Many people enjoy Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas with New Year's not too far behind. Savoring each day of autumn until winter white and the beauty of glistening snow and delicate flakes envelope your world, or cooler breezes and waning daylight (whichever part of the world you call home), missing even one inspiring moment would be a waste - never to be reclaimed. A few "touches" for your autumn venture and the beginning of a bright, promising Holiday Season in which young and old can cross thresholds, borderlines, and become one again.
Cinnamon or spice scented candles are especially fragrant during this time of year. Or better yet, pumpkin pie spice simmering on the stove or wafting gently from pies baking in the oven. Cinnamon sticks, vanilla, and pungent spices add highlight to the upcoming events. Pick, choose, and experiment until you get the scent that will greet family and friends and excite those cool weather appetites.
Don't have time for a pumpkin pie - this is a great substitute:
In a blender or food processor, puree all ingredients until smooth and creamy.
Garnish with whipped topping.
Having adults coming over while their children are trick-or-treating or just stopping by to share some mulled wine or spiced apple cider:
Adult trick or treat bags should be handed out to all your "older" visitors. Mystery books, bookmarks, coffee mugs, individual serving- size packages of gourmet coffee or tea, refrigerator magnets and mixes for apple cider or chili (in individual bags, tied with yarn) are thoughtful and well-received treats. A piece of candy is nice, too.
On Halloween night, create a pathway to your door with fake tombstones from bygone eras.
Large cereal boxes covered with white butcher paper and inscribed with epitaphs are fun and inexpensive. Comical sayings are best for all ages concerned and "scary" sayings should be avoided if little ones may venture through.
Pull out a Halloween costume and find out that it doesn't fit anyone any more? Don't just toss them away. Fill the costume with newspaper or plastic bags and have these "extra" guests sitting on porch, swings, around outdoor tables, etc.
Have fun with the remaining fall weather and the wonderful beginning of the Holiday Season -
©Arleen M. Kaptur October
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