For as long as I can remember, Fall has always been my favorite time of the year.

Growing up, Fall signified promises of a new and exciting school year. It also meant trips to the mall for a new school wardrobe – and new school supplies (I always looked forward to shopping for school supplies – that’s just the geek in me).

As a newly minted Midwesterner, the biggest thrill I’ve experienced is the canopy of autumn-colored trees that line the streets – and the paved cobblestone roads add to already picture-perfect postcard sceneries – it is so magical!

But is doesn’t stop there!

10 Reasons Why I Love Fall

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Changing of the Leaves. OMG! I can’t get enough of Fall’s beautiful hues. Kansans are always quick to point out how magical the changing of the leaves is.

Yummy scents! Once October hit, the enticing aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin filled the air. It’s as if everyone in my town received a personal memo from Lady Fall, stating, “Let the baking begin!”

Season of Joy. I love how Fall signifies a new sense of hope. Have you noticed how people tend to become a lot nicer around the holidays? People smile more often and well wishes are given in abundance. Perhaps Fall’s magic isn’t just a feeling.

Sweater Weather. Yay! I finally get to breakout the chunky sweaters I accumulated as an Angelena, but was never able to wear.

Chilly nights by the fire. The first snowfall here in Kansas was excuse enough to awaken the long dormant fireplace. Give me a good book, cashmere throw, and hot cup of tea by a roaring fire and I am one happy gal.

Holiday Season! Bring on the pumpkin patch and glazed turkey with stuffing. October and November have earned their proper place in Fall for so many reasons: the rich colors; fabulous foods (oh, don’t get me started on pie season!!!!); and family gatherings (although the pandemic may pose a huge problem with this).

Boot season. Riding boots have become my all-time favorite Fall shoe of choice. Boot season also means that I don’t have to make as many trips to the salon for pedicures (less frequent, but not eliminated).

Pie! Pie! Pie! I am looking forward to trying my hand at baking pumpkin, apple, and blueberry pies. But first, I’m going to have to learn how to master the electric stove. What is up with electric stoves here in the Midwest? Finding a gas stove anywhere in this town is impossible!

Daylight Savings Time. An extra hour to experience the lovely colors of Fall is reason enough to love this time of year (and an extra hour of much-needed sleep is the added bonus).

Buh-bye bikini bod. Hallelujah! I get to hide behind chunky sweaters as I spend the next couple of months indulging in delectable holiday eats . . . but isn’t that why we have New Year’s resolutions?

What are your thoughts?

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