Saturday, September 3, 2016

Let the Holidays Commence

September 22nd, often called the Autumn Equinox, is traditionally considered the beginning of fall, with December 21st marking the beginning of winter. But I have to say, traditional though I may be, that just never quite sat right with me, in large part because I am a Christmas enthusiast and couldn't quite reconcile the idea that winter decor would have to either A) be placed around the house during the fall, or B) wait all the way until the week of Christmas.

Just no.

So crazy though it may seem, I long ago decided that autumn should start at the beginning of September, and winter the beginning of December. Thus, it is by no means crazy that I should begin setting out fall decorations September 1st.

And what are fall decorations if not merely a gateway decor for Halloween, am I right? So yeah, I may or may not have already begun hauling out my Halloween decorations, and I feel not one iota of shame. (Note: I am also one of those annoying people who puts out Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving.)

So I guess what I mean to say - if you're still with me here - is yay, the start of what I like to call Holiday Season (the magical time of year encompassing Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Years) has begun!

My husband and I celebrated by watching one of my favorite Halloween-adjacent movies tonight, the delightfully gruesome Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. Gotta love a good fairy tell retelling with automatic weapons, sibling action-duos and best of all, witches.


  1. It does seem odd winter starts just a couple days before Christmas. Come March, we are definitely into spring here. And the football season has begun. So it's officially fall.
    Our Halloween movie is The Crow.

  2. I pretty much count late August/early September as fall because it's when my kids go back to school. For me, the seasons come in shifts around family routines as well as weather. I was just saying to my husband that we should start thinking about our Hallowe'en costumes, and our oldest son is keen to start decorating his room for Hallowe'en too.

  3. It has been so hot here that I can't think fall colours but I usually decorate my kitchen light with fall leaves and grapes. We have the Grape and Wine festival here with a parade that was so much better InThe past. I thought about it but we have this long weekend, the Thanksgiving long weekend and then Christmas! Wowza!! I think one should decorate when one feels in the mood although I don't want to see Christmas decor in the stores. It used to be, long ago, that we wouldn't see the decorations in the store until after Remembrance Day.

  4. Here in South Africa summer is on its way ... winter hopefully is behind us although we've had snow in October. But I do love the equinoxes which are real pointers!

  5. I am so ready for fall. Temps are in the 90's today and tomorrow. Ugh. If putting the snowmen on my front porch would help, I'd do it.