Celebrating The Seasons – An Overview
In case you don’t know, I live in England, and here we have four very distinct seasons. I love the different seasons, autumn is probably my favourite but as I write that I start to think about how great winter is with Christmas in it, how uplifting spring is as the nights get lighter and the trees come into bud and how wonderful summer is with the long days and the warm sun! Every season has something distinct and special about it and I love being able to celebrate that.
I love to decorate for the seasons. I think it is a way of staying present in the moment, of celebrating exactly where we are today and not looking too far ahead. I spend too much time looking ahead to the future and counting down the weeks till different things happen, by focusing on the here and now I think it helps to cut a lot of stress.
I also trained as a teacher, so I think there is a part of me that still likes to decorate the rooms I am in – a bit like when you have a classroom to decorate!
Decorating for the seasons can be as big or as subtle as you like. You can just change a few ornaments around, change your bedding colours to reflect the time of year or just adjust the pictures hanging on the walls from a summer beach scene to autumn forest view. Or you can go big and hang garlands of autumn leaves, have a nature table that reflects this seasons finds and make changes in every room to show the time of year – it’s entirely up to you.
Another way to celebrate the seasons is to change the fragrance of your home. This is something I am going to talk about in another post, but I like to change the fragrance I use depending on the time of year. For us, we use orange as our base fragrance as it is uplifting and can be easily adapted for each season. So for spring I use orange and rosemary. For summer I add watermelon or lemon. For autumn I add apples and for winter I add cinnamon and Christmas spices in December. This way our home always smells like home with the orange background, but it also subtly changes to reflect the outdoors.
Food is another good way to celebrate the seasons and eating seasonally is a great way to cut costs and keep food as healthy as possible. Food that is in season is cheaper as it hasn’t had to be grown artificially or had to travel long distances from countries where it is in season. It is also healthier as it is fresher as it hasn’t been stored to be sold. You can also research foraging, especially in autumn and collect your own local foods and fruits to enjoy. At the end of August, blackberries and cooking apples are in abundance here and it is great fun to go out and collect them for free and then make a delicious pudding knowing exactly where your food came from. I have great memories of doing this as a child as well as an adult and it is a fun, free way to make some great memories as a family.
Why not start working towards seasonal decorating. Label some storage boxes with ‘spring’ ‘summer’ ‘autumn / fall’ and ‘winter’ and start putting in things that you find that are relevant. Keep an eye out at junk shops and garage sales for things that look wintry or summery and then take them home and store them – the same way you do with Christmas decorations. The choose a date each quarter to get the next box down and change things around. It’s a really fun way to build some memories together and make your house truly feel like it is ‘your’ home.