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The best part of autumn

It happens early in the season for us Canadians – early enough that the leaves are still mostly dressed in their gorgeous fall garb, and early enough that the crispness in the air hasn’t yet turned to bitter cold.

Thanksgiving.

In my world, Thanksgiving embodies the spirit of all that is good and beautiful and bountiful about autumn.

Autumn LeavesIt’s about vibrant, warm colours – red, orange, and gold – in the leaves crunching underfoot and decorating the table.

It’s about the smell of bonfire smoke in the distance, of turkey roasting, of warm and spicy pumpkin pie.

It’s about gathering with family and friends – sharing food and laughter, maybe watching some hockey.

It’s about Mom going all out to make turkey with all the trimmings, her kitchen producing an array of delicious odours that can be smelled before we’ve even reached the front door.

It’s about playing Dutch Blitz.

It’s about winning Dutch Blitz!

It’s about sitting down together and making our Christmas lists, anticipating the season to come.

It’s about togetherness, love, warmth, comfort.

My favourite thing about autumn?

Thanksgiving.

Inspired by NaBloPoMo writing prompt for Tuesday, October 1, 2013:
What is your favourite thing about autumn?

NaBloPoMo October 2013

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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