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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Last Saturday night my husband and I raised our first tall Starbucks hot chocolates of the season in toast to a wonderful Halloween 2013.  There was a chill in the night air, forcing me to don my Philadelphia Flyers jacket, its orange, black, and white not only representative of the team, but also of Halloween and autumn.  My favorite Finnish monster band, Lordi, was playing through the truck’s speakers.  My costumed men (and lady) remind me of this time of year, and it’s not only because they dress like otherworldly creatures and play heavy metal/hard rock.  A local haunted attraction plays one of their songs for the guests waiting in line.  When we got home, the smell of the neighbor’s fire pit permeated the air.

Fall is my favorite season, even though I prefer the temperatures as warm as possible.  Still, I look forward to chilly days and cozy nights.  I love the scents of fall–vanilla, cinnamon and pumpkin, to name a few.  The house smells festive courtesy of Yankee Candle, and I always pay Bath and Body Works a visit to stock up on their autumn sprays and lotions.

Nothing brings me more joy than spending a cold night enjoying a good book while cuddling with my husband and assorted fur kids under warm blankets.  If it’s cold enough for a fire in the fireplace, that’s even better.

October is my favorite month because Halloween is my favorite holiday, and my birthday is the 20th.  Every weekend of the month is spent at one Halloween attraction or another.  While people tend to be sad when New Year’s is over and the traditional holiday season has ended, I find myself depressed on November 1.  While I will miss the Halloween music and the decorations, I know they will all be back next year.  Until that time, I will be happy for this time, when the 2013 season is just beginning.

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