Friday, 02 October 2009
October has arrived bringing wonderful color, fragrant, cool breezes, apple-cider, pumpkins, and hayrides. Dry leaves rustle pleasantly beneath feet. Scarecrows, sweaters, long walks, the harvest moon...sigh. I ♥ October!
The days, weeks, months, and seasons hurtle past us at breakneck speed. Do we even pause to acknowledge autumn's arrival? These simple pleasures should be savored and celebrated, but we have so little time! Let's step away from the accelerated pace to enjoy happier moments with our families. Let's not bring out the family traditions once a year like the turkey platter, but rather year-round celebrations that can be intergrated into even the busiest lives.
Are traditions really worth all the time they take? Does a family really need to observe customs and traditions? Umm, yeah. Traditions bind generations together as we continue the family customs our grandparents enjoyed. Simple pleasures that amused children hundreds of years ago are still amusing today! If some of the old customs of generations past don't fit your lives, alter them. Give them a contemporary twist. Be creative. Make memories.
October Memory Making Activity: Bobbing for Apples
Choose as many fine, large apples as there are participants. The game is played by filling a tub or a large basin with water and putting apples in the water. Because apples are less dense than water, they will float at the surface. Players then try to catch one with their teeth. Use of hands is not allowed! Variation: apples are suspended from string.
What's your favorite October Activity? Tried the leaf rubbing from September?