Tomorrow is the Autumn equinox in the UK (the Autumn version of the Summer and Winter solstices) and the official start of Autumn, and we know it. There has been a change of energy in the air this week. A slight chill on the breeze, an ever deepening golden hue in the light. The trees are beginning to fade and shed, and the mornings and evenings are becoming rapidly darker.
I now welcome the change in each season and feel genuinely excited about the coming of Autumn and Winter. You can read more about how I came to love Winter here, and how you can too! We've all been pretty excited actually.
Our Autumn gifts for Frankie
Each new season we have a mini celebration at home with Frankie where we give her some new seasonal books and any necessary clothes for the coming season too (here is Spring). This Autumn, we gave her a new winter coat (a second hand red Mini Boden Duffle coat), boots (amazing gold boots by Pom D'Api c/o Alex and Alexa) and wellies (Viking), as well as getting out her Autumn books from last year and a few new ones too. It looks like a lot of effort but it was really simple. Most of the books we already owned, and the boots, wellies and coat were necessary buys for the season anyway, but giving them to her as part of an Autumn celebration just upped the magic a bit for her (and us!). I wrapped the books in pieces of fabric and ribbon (which I re-use every year) and I decorated with a few leaves and apples on the table. We lit the candles before she came down and she was utterly delighted when she walked into the room!
Tomorrow we're heading to the woods with friends to have a little Equinox celebration, with a picnic of warm apple juice and muffins. It's not too late to organise a little something too. Heres a little list with some ideas to celebrate the season with kids.
Ideas to celebrate Autumn with kids:
- Read Autumn books. These do not have to be new! We rotate all our books every year and make a big deal out of getting the books for each new season out. You could go and borrow a pile from the local library too.
- Make Autumn decorations. We're making Apple and leaf garlands over here.
- Go to the woods. Watching the trees change at this time of year is really special.
- Forage and make. There are lots of lovely things to forage at the moment- rose hips, elderberries, blackberries, apples and pears being our favourites.
- If kids need new wellies/boots/coat- then make it into a mini Autumn/winter celebration- why not!
- Decorate the table with branches/leaves/apples and lots of candles.
- Talk about the Autumn Equinox and what it means.
- Write a list of all the things you want to do with your kids this Autumn. So far ours features lots of Firework and bonfire related activities!
Happy (nearly) official start of Autumn to you! I have more celebratory Autumn posts up my sleeve too, so keep an eye out.