Up until a few years ago Winter had been my absolute favourite holiday. Things changed when the magic of Christmas changed; it didn’t disintegrate for me, and hopefully never will. Winter holidays used to be about gifts, for me, I am not going to lie. I am an only child with divorced parents so I get two sets of gifts every Christmas, and I didn’t deny it when I was younger, either. I knew I was spoiled, and I loved it, and I appreciated it, too. I would save up my allowance for months and go crazy Christmas shopping because I loved getting people presents almost as much as I loved receiving them! Nowadays though I enjoy people over the Christmas holidays. Going to Starbucks with my friends, or my mom, or my dad; going to Christmas parties; hosting Christmas parties; eating three consecutive turkey dinners with various people; picking out a tree; decorating the tree; convincing my mom we should get two trees; and so on. (I could blog about Christmas all day; it’s my favourite holiday.) However, Autumn has definitely shifted into first place when it comes to my favourite seasons.
I love when the fiery leaves scattered on the ground glow after a heavy rain when the sun starts to shine. Seeing your own breath in the icy air, but the colours simulate warm feelings inside your mind. The feeling of Halloween morning; excitement and possibly fear. Full moons on an October night. Attending the Rocky Horror Picture Show dressed as your favourite character (I’m always Columbia) and the soundtrack 24/7. Pumpkin patches, pumpkin spice lattes from Starbucks, pumpkin pie, pumpkin scented candles, pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins!
Thanksgiving dinner is always interesting with me, like at Christmas, I usually end up attending a good number of turkey dinners (last year was three, which is a lot when it’s one every night of the weekend).
Halloween is always great, too. It’s definitely my second favourite “holiday”. I love seeing what costumes are really popular, and then picking out who wore it best. I love all the little kids who get really excited at the concept of finally accepting candy from strangers. I love crying when I’m being dragged through a haunted house (I’m such a chicken). The movie marathons and the TV specials are the best! (Notably horror movies, Hocus Pocus, the Weekenders Halloween special, marathons of the Simpsons Treehouse of Horrors until the new one premieres, and Charlie Brown.)
The music I listen to when it comes to fall just makes me ridiculously happy, no matter how depressing the song actually is.
I’m now going to give you a short playlist of songs that remind me of Fall:
- “I Put a Spell on You” by any artist you please
- “Chocolate & Cigarettes” by Angus & Julia Stone
- “Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk” by Rufus Wainwright (I wonder how this and the previous one are connected?)
- “O Children” by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
- “Keepin’ Halloween Alive” by Alice Cooper
- The entire Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack
- I recently discovered the original recordings of some of the songs from The Rocky Horror Show sung by the original London cast (which does include most of the film’s cast). However, “Science Fiction, Double Feature” is a gem. Patricia Quinn (Magenta) sings it, but it’s being sung by the usherette, and it is brilliant.