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It’s September – welcome autumn!

Whether we add them to our calendar, make intentional plans and preparations, or keep them tucked away as subconscious thoughts, we all have our own traditions and rituals which we observe to recognize and celebrate the changing of seasons.

It might be planning a garden and ordering seeds… buying your first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the year… searching for the perfect wall calendar… unearthing your swimsuit and flip-flops… but whatever it is, to each of us it has a level of personal meaning, significance, weight.

These acts, small or large, add colour and depth and shape to the routine of daily living. They remind us of who we are, what makes us happy, what moves us. They acknowledge the bittersweetness of the passage of time.

They may seem inconsequential to others…
but they are important to us.

I have my own little “welcome autumn” tradition that takes place, unbidden, every year at some point in September (usually depending on the weather). I rarely burn incense in the warmer months – for me, it’s more of a cosy, indoors-y sort of thing to do – but the moment I sense that crisp taste of fall in the air I will remember, and light a stick of Nag Champa incense. The swirling trail of smoke carries a sweetly spicy fragrance throughout the house – the smell of red and golden leaves, cosy sweaters, hot drinks… the smell of fall that lingers in my clothes and hair, reminding me.

Incense

Though it’s not something I plan, it isn’t really autumn to me until I light that first stick of incense, remember the past, and dream of the future.

So welcome autumn! Here’s to another beautiful season.

How do you celebrate the changing of the seasons?
Please share!

NaBloPoMo September 2014

Laurel Storey, CZT – Certified Zentangle Teacher. Writer, reader, tangler, iPhoneographer, cat herder, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, needle felter, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.

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  • Cathy Graham
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    September 11, 2014

    I like the changing of the seasons and feel fortunate that Canada has four very distinct ones, even if winter is a little too long for my liking.

    I like how you light your stick of incense to signify fall arriving. I was trying to think if I do something to signify fall other than put on heavier clothes and sweaters. I always love the arrival of fall with things starting up again. That back to school feeling is always there even if school days are a distant memory. It energizes me when the humidity finally takes a hike and I can focus on new projects. It really feels like the beginning of a new year much more than January. And the leaves are so breathtaking in the golden autumn sunshine. I wish fall would last longer and dreaded winter didn’t have to follow.
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    • Laurel Regan
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      September 12, 2014

      I’m much the same way, Cathy – fall definitely feels like the new year to me! It’s my favourite time of the year, and I totally wish it would last longer.
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  • Susan Evans September 11, 2014

    I love the colors of autumn, so I welcome the season by decorating my dining table with autumn decorations and candles.
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  • Rena McDaniel
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    September 11, 2014

    I love Autumn and I always organize things that I have let slide during the summer. I think the first day I can wear a sweatshirt which has changed drastically since moving from Kentucky to South Carolina where the dummer months linger on alot later.
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  • Ashley
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    September 11, 2014

    I love we fall!! It’s my fav season! Cinnamon candles and taking pictures of the leaves changing are my favorite things to do 🙂

  • Aditi
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    September 11, 2014

    We don’t have spectacular autumns here! This was a lovely post and made me want to breathe in the fall air.

    The only ritual I have is taking out the winter clothes and bunking them up back as summer approaches! 😉
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  • Anne
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    September 12, 2014

    Autumn makes me want to start something new. This year I signed up for Camp Gladiator. Severely sprained my ankle at the end of the first session. Que sera, sera.

  • nabanita
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    September 12, 2014

    For me autumn arrives when I take out my stash of socks and wear different ones every day while reading a book at night..For some weird reason it makes me so happy
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  • elly stornebrink
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    September 12, 2014

    It’s still summer! And till Tuesday, September 22nd as autumn equinox officially arrives on the 23rd! Canada has some beautiful “Indian summers” here too and the last two years has been mild and warm till and including Thanksgiving weekend. In fact two years ago it was hot and sunny all that weekend. We are supposed to be getting another mild seasonal fall till about November this year! So don’t rush summer out the door just yet! I love to celebrate autumn by taking walks crunching up fallen coloured leaves with my boots, sometimes bringing a fallen leaf or two inside, drinking hot cocoa in fleecy PJ’s and/or warm bathrobe, reading a book near the gas fireplace…hmmm…but not yet! 😉 <3
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    • Laurel Regan
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      September 12, 2014

      I wish it still felt like summer here! It’s been so cold the past couple of days – I’ve had to break out socks and (*gasp*) a sweatshirt jacket in order to avoid having to turn up the heat!
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