The autumnal equinox is fast approaching. While this means shorter days and cooler temperatures are on the horizon, it’s also cause for celebration. It’s a tradition in many cultures to pause and give thanks for the summer and commemorate the arrival of fall. Here are a few ways you and your loved one can get in on the fun and celebrate the 2020 fall equinox, which falls on Sept. 22 this year.
1. Arts & Crafts
You can never go wrong with arts and crafts. They're great for your mental state – and a ton of fun. So break out the art supplies and engage in some fall-themed creativity. You could round up the old watercolors and collaborate on painting fall landscapes. Craft a fall-themed wreath. Or maybe take advantage of the season by rustling up some fallen leaves and pressing them. They look great framed! You can even involve the grandkids in these activities and make it a family affair. You can also go the social distance-friendly route by syncing up over a FaceTime or Zoom call.
2. Share a Meal Together
Fall means harvest season, so why not celebrate with a feast? You might have to get creative and coordinate this celebration over a FaceTime or Zoom call, but as long as there’s an impressive spread on each end of the call, that’s all that matters. Need some inspiration? Check out these fall recipes courtesy of Country Living!
Whether you go the do-it-yourself route (think the pressed leaves and fall landscape paintings we recommended crafting) or you hit up the seasonal aisle at the store (online or otherwise), nothing gets your loved one’s space feeling like autumn like fall decor. Whether it’s wreaths, scented candles, pillows, or artwork, if it reminds you or your loved one of fall, go with it!
4. Make a Gratitude List
Since expressing thanks for summer is a tradition sometimes associated with the fall equinox, why not spend time together writing down a few of the things you’re thankful for. This, of course, is another activity that’s video chat-friendly, if need be. You could also incorporate some craftiness into this exercise by writing out your gratitude list in calligraphy or by adding an artistic touch by working imagery into the gratitude list. The final product would look beautiful in a frame!
Bonus: Fall Equinox Facts & Folklore
Did you know the word equinox comes from Latin words aequus, which means equal, and nox, which means night? Did you know that the equinox marks the arrival of fall only through an astronomical lens? According to the meteorological definition, the first day of fall is Sept. 1. For the rundown on these fun facts and more, check out the Farmer’s Almanac guide to the autumnal equinox.
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