A Festive Family Fall: 10 Ways to Start New Traditions!
Celebrate fall traditions with your family to reconnect with each other and with the natural rhythm of the seasons. Sharing traditions helps to give your children a sense of belonging that is strengthened every year. Sandwiched between the busy summertime and the happy stress of the holidays, autumn is the ideal season to press pause and enjoy the moment together. Keep things simple, casual, and relaxed – and let nature be your guide. Adopt new fall traditions this season that you will cherish for years to come.
10 Nature-Inspired Family Traditions to Honor the Harvest Season
- Ground Yourself & Go Stargazing
Find a quiet, dark patch of Mother Earth where you can spread a blanket and gaze up at the stars. Feel grounded by the energy of the planet beneath your body and let the infinite skyscape above spark your sense of wonder. Can you see satellites, constellations, planets, or shooting stars? For a real treat, go stargazing during one of autumn’s meteor showers like the Leonids, which usually peak in mid-November. Encourage kids to howl at the moon like wolves (and don’t be afraid to join in!)
- Play in the Leaves!
Crunch, crunch, crunch. Embrace the iconic autumn pleasure of crunching leaves beneath your feet and let nature lift up your soul. Pile up the leaves, jump in the middle, and toss them up into the air. Sure, it’s a little messy – but kids (and dogs!) love it. No yard? Head to a local park with towering trees and spend the afternoon frolicking in the foliage.
- Share Stories Around a Campfire
Humans have gathered in the warm glow of a crackling fire since the dawn of time, and it’s a great way to reconnect with the elements. It’s the perfect opportunity to unwind and simply “be.” Backyard firepits are convenient, but you can also find safe places for campfires at many beaches, parks, and campsites. Just make sure that no local burn bans are in effect and that your fire is 100% extinguished before you leave.
- Count Your Blessings
How many things are you thankful for? Sit in a circle with your family and ask everyone to list five things that they are thankful for in their lives. Go around again and have everyone name two things that they are grateful for about the person to their right. You can also use this ritual daily at dinnertime, with each person saying one thing that they are thankful for before you begin your meal.
- Carve a Jack-O-Lantern
Delight your kids with this hands-on Halloween tradition (an adult will need to do the knifework). Let every child pick out their own pumpkin and draw on a face with a washable marker. Cut a circle out of the top of the pumpkin for the lid, and then give the kids big spoons so they can scoop out all the ooey-gooey “guts” inside. Finally, cut out the eyes, nose, and mouth to create the face. Light a candle inside and admire your masterpiece! Bonus: Save the pumpkin seeds, clean them, roast them, and eat them! Pumpkin seeds are packed with nutrients, fiber, and antioxidants.
- Harvest Apples Together & Bake a Pie
Connect with the earth and with humanity’s farming heritage at a local pick-your-own apple orchard (organic if possible). Have your kids choose their favorite fruits and talk about where other foods come from – not the grocery store, but the sea and the land. After a morning of apple-picking, bake a pie together from scratch or with frozen pie shells. You could also make caramel apples for the neighbors or deliver thank-you treats to your teachers.
- Friday Night Fright Fest
Take advantage of autumn’s earlier evening hours and curl up on the couch together at the end of a long week. Order your family’s favorite takeout food or make popcorn with a funky gourmet topping (or just plenty of melted butter). Choose an age-appropriate scary movie and settle in for a night of vegging out with zero pressure all around.
- Scavenger Hunt Hike
Take advantage of crisp autumn weather with an easygoing hike to hunt for signs of fall: Squirrels, acorns, red and orange leaves, deer prints, birds migrating overhead, the smell of a campfire, the sound of a marching band practicing, a flannel shirt, a pumpkin, a mushroom, a pile of leaves, a pinecone, a spider, etc. Adapt your list to your kids’ ages, your geographic region, and your hiking destination. And don’t think that you have to go far; a city park or even your neighborhood will do just fine for a walk.
- Visit Your Local Food Bank
With colder weather and holiday hubbub, winter is a busy season at food banks as more people need help feeding their families. Buy and gather groceries with your children and deliver your donation to the food bank together. Not only will you help those in need, you will help your kids to develop compassion for people who live without ready access to food, shelter, and warmth.
- Homemade Pumpkin Spice Lattes
Treat yourself to autumn’s cult-classic flavor by stirring up DIY pumpkin spice lattes with a healthy spin. For two lattes, simply whisk together 2 cups coffee, 2 tablespoons pumpkin purée (fresh or canned), 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, and 1 scoop of Farm To Muscle Vanilla organic protein powder. Sweeten to taste and top with whipped cream!
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